Morning Report: Ducks Prepare for Rival Kings in Road Trip Finale
If the Ducks ever needed a victory for more reasons than just the two points, it happened last night in the form of a wild and crazy 6-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center.
Just 48 hours prior to their win, the Ducks were down in the dumps after an embarrassing 7-2 blowout loss to the Flames. But now, the Ducks close out their three-game road trip tonight in Los Angeles feeling a little better about themselves.
“It was a much-needed win for us, especially after what we’ve been going through lately,” said Mathieu Perreault.
"We're going to build [on last night’s win], for sure," said captain Ryan Getzlaf. "It's all about building to the playoffs right now."
Several records were broken in last night’s victory. The Ducks set a club record for goals in any period with six tallies in the second frame (previous record was five, set twice). The Ducks and Avs combined for nine goals in the second period, a two-team record involving the Ducks. The previous record was seven, set four times previously. The six goals by Anaheim came in 16:03, the fastest six goals scored in club history. The previous mark was 20:15, set on Dec. 20, 1994 at Winnipeg. The first five goals by Anaheim was also a club record for fastest five tallies, coming in 8:45. The previous mark was 10:04, set on March 21, 2004 vs. Detroit.
The Ducks looked like the team that propelled them to the top of the NHL standings for much of the season, and they’ll hope to unleash their fury once again tonight against a Kings squad that had its eight-game winning streak halted after a 3-2 loss at Staples Center against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.
Two valuable points are up for grabs tonight for two division rivals clawing for every inch of space in the highly competitive Western Conference and Pacific Division. For the Ducks (44-16-7, 95 points), earning a victory would narrow the gap in the Presidents’ Trophy race with St. Louis (who plays tonight against Nashville). The Ducks are currently two points behind St. Louis, but have played one more game. So even if St. Louis loses in regulation and the Ducks win, the Blues would remain in first place.
For the Kings (38-23-6, 82 points), a win would close the gap ever so slightly for second place in the division behind idle San Jose. The Sharks currently hold a comfortable 13-point lead over the Kings. As of today, Los Angeles sits in sixth place in the West.
Tonight’s contest concludes Anaheim’s 11th set of back-to-back games this season. The Ducks have an impressive 15-4-2 record in such games, including 7-1-2 in the finale. Following tonight's game, the Ducks return to Orange County to host Washington on Tuesday at Honda Center (7 p.m.).
Corey Perry's 36 goals through 67 games are the most in his career (had 33 in 67 games in 2010-11). Perry ranks third in the NHL in goals with 196 tallies since the start of 2008-09, spanning six seasons (Ovechkin, 253; Stamkos, 223; Marleau, 193).
Since the start of 2010-11, Perry has scored 31 game-winning goals to lead the NHL (five more than anyone else in the league; Washington's Ovechkin has 26). Perry leads the NHL in game-winning goals and even-strength goals (29), ranks second in goals and tied for sixth in points. Perry, who scored his 250th career goal and became the third NHL player to 30 goals this season on February 8 at Nashville, has 12 points (9g/3a) in his past 15 games and 18 (11g/7a) in his past 19.
Anaheim and Los Angeles meet for the first time since the Ducks’ 3-0 victory in the January 25 Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium. The Ducks lead the 2013-14 Freeway Faceoff with a 2-0-1 record, including a 2-1 win on January 23 at Honda Center. Anaheim is 51-41-23 all-time against Los Angeles and has outscored its Pacific Division rival, 326-314 (shootout goals excluded).
Teemu Selanne leads the Ducks in career scoring vs. the Kings, earning 119 points (52g/67a) in 105 games. Ryan Getzlaf has points in six of his last seven games (3g/3a) vs. Los Angeles dating to March 16, 2012. The 2013-14 Freeway Faceoff will conclude on April 12 at Staples Center.