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Morning Report: Looking for a Season Sweep

Saturday, 01.11.2014 / 10:55 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: Looking for a Season Sweep
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

It’s not too often you see two division rivals close out a season series in January, but that’s the case tonight as the Ducks and Coyotes play their fifth and final game against one another this season. The Ducks have taken the first four contests, three at Honda Center and one at Jobing.com Arena.

Tonight’s game also concludes Anaheim’s two-game road trip and opens the start of the club’s ninth set of back-to-backs (they play at home tomorrow night against the Detroit Red Wings).

After yet another comeback victory two nights ago in Nashville, the league-leading Ducks hold a four-point cushion over the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, who sit second and third, respectively. At 33-8-5 (71 points), the Ducks are riding their best start to a season through 46 games, besting the previous mark of 30-9-7 for 67 points in 2006-07.

And within the Pacific Division, the Ducks have a slightly bigger lead, nine points as of today, over second-place San Jose (62 points). The Coyotes sit fifth in the division and ninth in the Western Conference with 51 points, just two points out of eighth place.

The Ducks will look to jump all over a Coyotes team that’s playing sub-.500 hockey over their past 10 games (3-3-4). But if they give up the first goal, Ducks fans need not worry, as the Ducks are a league-best 14-5-1 (.725) when their opponent scores first. No other NHL team owns a .500-or-better record when allowing the first goal. This is in addition to being 19-3-4 when scoring the first goal.

"It’s confidence," said Teemu Selanne. "Like [Thursday], we were down two goals and it didn’t really bother us. We kept coming. Everybody is doing their jobs. That’s the key for us."

If the Ducks win tonight, they'll sweep the Coyotes for the second time in the franchise's 20-year history. It last occurred during the inaugural 1993-94 season, when Anaheim won all four games against the Coyotes.

HILLER TIME
First off the ice this morning was Jonas Hiller, who will be going for his 13th consecutive victory tonight against the Coyotes. The Swiss netminder owns a club-record 12 straight victories (12-0-0) to become the first NHL goaltender to win 12 consecutive starts/games in a single season since New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, who won 12 straight from Oct. 23-Nov. 20, 1997 (Stats Inc.).

Hiller, who is tied for fourth among league leaders in wins (21), was named the NHL's Third Star of December after finishing the month leading the league in wins (9-0-1), while also posting a 1.96 GAA and .929 SV% in 10 games.

Despite recalling prospect John Gibson from the club’s AHL affiliate in Norfolk yesterday, head coach Bruce Boudreau said there’s a chance Hiller also plays tomorrow night against the Red Wings, depending on how he feels after tonight’s game.

LINEUP NOTES
After sitting last game, Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg will be back in the lineup against the Coyotes, according to Boudreau. Dustin Penner will also draw back into the lineup after missing Thursday’s game with an upper-body injury. Penner saw time on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry during the morning line rushes.

Selanne will sit tonight, but will play tomorrow at home against the Detroit Red Wings.

DUCKS-COYOTES
Anaheim and Phoenix conclude a five-game season series tonight with the Ducks having won all four games (4-0-0). The Ducks have held the Coyotes to two goals in each of the four games, while outscoring them 14-8 (one shootout goal excluded). The Ducks are 61-32-16 all-time vs. the Coyotes, including 26-17-9 in Arizona.

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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07
A. Khudobin 3 3 0 .909 2.70

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