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Morning Report: Ducks Aim for 11th Consecutive Victory

Sunday, 12.29.2013 / 1:39 PM / News
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Morning Report: Ducks Aim for 11th Consecutive Victory
A rivalry is renewed tonight as the league-leading Ducks (28-7-5, 61 points) bring a club-record 10-game winning streak into San Jose for a game against the Sharks (24-8-6, 54 points) at the SAP Center (7:30 p.m. PT, Prime Ticket, AM 830).
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

A rivalry is renewed tonight as the league-leading Ducks (28-7-5, 61 points) bring a club-record 10-game winning streak into San Jose for a game against the Sharks (24-8-6, 54 points) at the SAP Center (7:30 p.m. PT, Prime Ticket, AM 830).

The Ducks are coming off a 3-2 overtime victory last night against the Phoenix Coyotes at Honda Center. Fueled by Saku Koivu’s two-goal, three-point night, Anaheim improved to 14-0-2 at home this season, marking the best home start in club history, joining tonight’s opponent, San Jose (20-0-2, 2008-09), as the only NHL teams to go through its first 16 home games without a regulation defeat (since 2005-06 implementation of shootouts). The Ducks remain the only club in the NHL that has not lost in regulation at home this season. Head coach Bruce Boudreau reflected on his team’s 10-game winning streak.

“I think it's neat," he said. “Anytime you can get to be part of something that nobody else has done, I think it's a special occasion. I don't make light of it. I think No. 10 is magic when you get into streaks, because it doesn't happen very often.”

Tonight will be the conclusion of the team’s seventh set of back-to-backs. The Ducks have fared well in these situations, going 9-2-2 overall and 4-0-2 in the second game.

Their opponent will be without the services of forwards Martin Havlat (lower body) and rookie Tomas Hertl (knee), as the Ducks bring a six-game road-winning streak into tonight’s game, just one shy of the club record (7, Nov. 28-Dec. 13, 2006).

“You have to make do with what you have,” said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan. “And we're trying to find ways to win games, one at a time, night after night.”

DEADLY COMBO
The line of Koivu, Andrew Cogliano and Daniel Winnik has combined for 10 points (5g/5a) with a +12 rating over the last two games. Koivu has recorded five points (3g/2a) in his last two games and seven points (4g/3a) in his last five. The 39-year-old scored both his 10th career overtime goal and 11th career shorthanded goal last night vs. Phoenix. In addition, it marked his 26th career multi-goal game and first since Jan. 10, 2012 vs. Dallas (hat trick). Cogliano is riding a two-game goal streak (2g/1a) and has points in three of his last five games (2g/4a). In addition, Winnik is coming off a two-assist game last night and has earned assists in three of his last five contests (4a).

COMEBACK ABILITY
Tonight’s game won’t necessarily be decided by the team that scores first. In addition to being 17-3-4 when scoring the first goal, the Ducks are a league-best 11-4-1 when their opponent scores first. San Jose is 15-2-5 when scoring first, and is the only other NHL team over .500 when allowing the first goal (9-6-1).

DUCKS-SHARKS
Anaheim and San Jose play the second of a five-game season set tonight. The Ducks dropped a 4-3 shootout decision in the series opener on Nov. 30 at the SAP Center. Anaheim has gone 52-52-10 all-time against San Jose, including a 27-25-5 mark in the Bay Area. The season series continues with a New Year’s Eve contest this Tuesday at Honda Center, while the final two games will be played on Mar. 20 in San Jose and Apr. 9 in Anaheim.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 46 15 35 12 50
C. Perry 32 19 12 15 31
R. Kesler 47 13 17 -2 30
S. Vatanen 47 10 19 3 29
M. Beleskey 46 17 7 12 24
C. Fowler 46 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 39 4 18 1 22
H. Lindholm 46 5 14 13 19
J. Silfverberg 47 6 12 2 18
D. Smith-Pelly 41 4 11 5 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 26 6 5 .917 2.30

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