Morning Report: Going for 10 in a Row

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Morning Report: Going for 10 in a Row
After a five-day break from game action, the red-hot Ducks will play host to the visiting Phoenix Coyotes tonight at Honda Center (5 p.m. PT, KDOC, AM 830).
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

After a five-day break from game action, the red-hot Ducks will play host to the visiting Phoenix Coyotes tonight at Honda Center (5 p.m. PT, KDOC, AM 830).

Leaders of the Pacific Division and one-point away from the league-leading Blackhawks, the Ducks (27-7-5, 59 points) enter tonight’s game on a franchise-best nine-game winning streak, including four straight on the road. During the streak, Anaheim has allowed two goals or less in eight of the nine wins. Anaheim’s standings point streak sits at 12 games, the league’s longest since Pittsburgh (15-0-0) last March.

Their opponent comes into Anaheim following a 4-3 shootout loss to San Jose last night at Jobing.com Arena. The point earned moved the Coyotes (19-10-8) into eighth place in the Western Conference with 46 points. The Coyotes are 3-3-4 in their last 10 games.

"We were up, we were down, we battled back, and when you get to the shootout anything can happen," said forward David Moss, who had a two-goal night. "We're playing a lot of close games and you'd like to get the two points, but we're right around it."

It’s been a road-heavy schedule thus far for the Ducks, and they’ll pack their bags for a game in San Jose tomorrow night, but the players said there’s nothing like being home.

“It’s good to have a home game after the Christmas break,” said Mathieu Perreault. “For myself, I think it’s much better to have a home game right after Christmas. It’s going to be good.”

Hampus Lindholm and his family enjoyed their first Christmas in Southern California, and the 19-year-old rookie defenseman said being home is always a good thing.

“We feel safe playing here at Honda Center,” he said. “We have a good home record and it’s great playing at home. With the nice weather, it just calms you down. It’s nice to be home.”

Perhaps the warm weather is a reason why Lindholm leads the league in plus/minus. In fact, five Ducks rank among the top six in plus/minus ratings this season, including Lindholm (+22) as the first rookie to lead the NHL in plus/minus through Christmas since Ottawa's Andrej Meszaros (+26) did so in 2005-06. Francois Beauchemin is second in the NHL with a +21 rating, while Dustin Penner is tied for third with a +20, and Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are tied for fifth with a +19.

PROTECT THIS HOUSE
The Ducks have gone 13-0-2 at Honda Center this season, marking the best home start in club history. Anaheim joins San Jose (20-0-2, 2008-09) as the only NHL teams to go through its first 15 home games without a regulation defeat (since implementation of shootouts in 2005-06). In addition, Anaheim is the only club in the NHL that has not lost in regulation at home this season. The Ducks have set a club record with eight straight home wins to open a season and was the last NHL team to lose at home in 2013-14 (Nov. 20 overtime loss vs. NJ).

At home, Anaheim has outscored the opposition, 56-26 (excluding two shootout goals). The Ducks' 56 goals are the third-most through 15 home games in club history (59 in 1995-96, 58 in 2006-07), while their 26 goals allowed are the fewest to start a season at home.

BEND BUT NEVER BREAK
In addition to being 16-3-4 when scoring the first goal, the Ducks are a league-best 11-4-1 when their opponent scores first. Only San Jose (9-6-1) is over .500 when allowing the first goal. Anaheim’s last five victories have all come with the opponent scoring first (5-0-0). In fact, the last NHL team to win five straight games after giving up the first goal was Minnesota, which won five such games from Nov. 28-Dec. 6, 2011 (Stats Inc.).

DUCKS-COYOTES
Anaheim and Phoenix play the fourth game of a five-game season series tonight at Honda Center. The Ducks are 3-0-0 vs. the Coyotes this season with Corey Perry scoring two of the three game-winning goals. Anaheim owns an all-time record of 60-32-16 vs. Phoenix, including a 34-15-7 mark at Honda Center. Following tonight's game, the season series will shift to Glendale for the finale on Jan. 11.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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