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Morning Report: Going for 10 in a Row

Saturday, 12.28.2013 / 10:01 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: Going for 10 in a Row
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 - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 7 2 3 4 5
J. Silfverberg 7 0 5 1 5
R. Kesler 7 4 0 2 4
A. Cogliano 7 2 2 -1 4
S. Vatanen 7 1 3 4 4
C. Perry 7 0 4 -7 4
C. Fowler 7 1 2 -2 3
C. Stewart 7 1 2 2 3
D. Perron 7 1 2 3 3
H. Lindholm 7 0 3 6 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 3 2 0 .947 1.41
J. Gibson 0 2 0 .900 3.08

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