Morning Report: Ducks Aim for 11th Consecutive Victory

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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 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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