Morning Report: Ducks Prepare for Devils

Friday, 12.20.2013 / 9:27 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: Ducks Prepare for Devils
NEWARK \u2013 The Ducks took to the ice this morning in preparation for tonight\u2019s game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (4 p.m., Prime Ticket, AM 830).
By Kyle Shohara

NEWARK – The Ducks took to the ice this morning in preparation for tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (4 p.m., Prime Ticket, AM 830).

Anaheim enters tonight’s matchup riding a six-game winning streak, the second streak of six games or more for the club this season. Anaheim had a franchise-tying seven-game streak earlier this season (Oct. 5-Oct. 20, also Feb. 20-Mar. 7, 1999).

In addition, this marks the 10th win streak of six games or more in franchise history. The Ducks also have points in nine straight games (7-0-2, 16 points), marking the longest active point streak in the league and the second nine-game streak for Anaheim this season (also Oct. 25-Nov. 10). The club's last streak of 10 games or more occurred Feb. 27-Mar. 20, 2013 (12 games, 9-0-3).

The Devils enter tonight’s contest having won their first two of a three-game homestand. Their most recent victory came on Wednesday night when they tied their season-high for goals scored in a 5-2 win vs. Ottawa.

“They’re resilient,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau. “Every game is close. They know how to play. Sometimes they don’t get the luck and they lose, or their power play or penalty killing goes the wrong way and they lose. But every night they bring the same effort and tenacity. And either goalie can be great.”

The Ducks will be looking for a little payback in this game, for it was the Devils who handed Anaheim one of its two home losses this season, a 4-3 OT victory exactly one month ago today.

After Tuesday night's game at Detroit, the Ducks passed the halfway point of their road schedule by playing their league-leading 21st road game of the season. With an 11-7-3 road record, the Ducks rank third among NHL teams in road points (25).

“I don’t know how many miles we’ve put on before Christmas, but it’s a tad up there,” said Boudreau. “You realize the East is really easy, travel-wise.”

The Ducks enter tonight’s game on a three-game road winning streak (3-0-0) and have points in four consecutive games on the road (3-0-1) dating back to Nov. 30 at SJ (4-3 OTL). At the conclusion of this four-game road trip (Dec. 23 at Washington), Anaheim will have completed 59% of its road schedule and will not return to the Eastern Time Zone for the remainder of the season. In addition, the Ducks will have only four games in the Central Time Zone (Jan. 9 at NSH, Jan. 17 at CHI, Jan. 18 at STL, Feb. 8 at NSH) of the 16 remaining on the road schedule.

Kyle Palmieri
grew up in nearby Montvale and has had a chance to catch up with family and friends during his three days in New Jersey. Much like Cam Fowler in Detroit three nights ago, Palmieri will have a large group attending tonight’s game.

“It’s pretty crazy,” he said. “I grew up playing hockey here and the rink I played my youth hockey at is only a few miles away. It’s a pretty cool experience and I’ll have a lot of friends and family here tonight. It’ll be a pretty fun night.”

Future Hall-of-Famers Teemu Selanne and Jaromir Jagr are set to face each other for the second time this season (also Nov. 20 at Honda Center). They have a combined 1,372 goals and rank eighth (Jagr, 693) and 11th (Selanne, 679) on the NHL’s all-time goals list. This season’s match-ups mark the first time in 10 years that two NHL players with 675-or-more goals face each other in a contest. The last occurrence was Oct. 25, 2003 at MSG* (DET’s Brett Hull (717) and NYR’s Mark Messier (678)). Selanne (43) and Jagr (41) are the two oldest active players in the NHL.
*Courtesy ESB

The Ducks and Devils meet for the second time in one season since 2002-03. Tonight marks the final contest of the season series between the two clubs, with the first resulting in a 4-3 Ducks OT loss on Nov. 20 at Honda Center. Matt Beleskey, Nick Bonino and Ryan Getzlaf were the goal scorers for the Ducks, while Jonas Hiller stopped 21-of-25 shots in the OTL. All-time Anaheim is 8-13-4 against NJ. Tonight marks the first contest between the two clubs at Prudential Center since Feb. 17, 2012 (3-2 SO loss).




1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54


R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58 is the official Web site of the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim Ducks and are trademarks of Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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