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Player Preview: Bryan Allen

Monday, 08.25.2014 / 11:20 AM PT / News
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Player Preview: Bryan Allen
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

As we approach training camp and the start of the 2014-15 season, AnaheimDucks.com will preview each player on the roster, highlighting last season’s accomplishments and providing insight into what you can expect this season. Our preview continues with defenseman Bryan Allen.

The 2014-15 campaign will mark the 14th NHL season for veteran defenseman Bryan Allen, and third with the Ducks. The hulking blueliner, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs in at 224 pounds, was a physical force and a model of consistency for the Ducks last season.

Allen, who turned 34 on August 21, collected 10 points (all assists) with a career-high +20 rating and 75 penalty minutes in 68 games in 2013-14. His 75 penalty minutes led club defensemen while his 118 blocked shots ranked fourth overall.

Allen achieved several milestones last season, including appearing in his 700th career NHL game on March 20 at San Jose, and then skating in his 100th game as a Duck just three days later against Florida at Honda Center.

Known more for his grit than offense, Allen recorded his 100th career assist in a 6-3 win on November 2 at Buffalo, and tied a franchise record with a career-high +5 rating in a 6-0 home-opening victory, October 10 against the New York Rangers.

Allen appeared in his fifth Stanley Cup Playoffs, skating in all 13 postseason games vs. Dallas and Los Angeles. Allen ranked second on the club with a postseason career-high 28 penalty minutes (16 of which in Game 4 at Dallas).

Though Allen won’t likely light up the scoreboard in 2014-15, Ducks fans can expect him to do what he does best, and that’s playing physical, hard-nosed hockey. He figures to be a fixture on the penalty kill, where he ranked sixth overall on the squad last season in total shorthanded time-on-ice (154:16) and fourth overall in average TOI per game (2:16).

HIGHLIGHT
In a scoreless first period of Game 4 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Cam Fowler found Allen wide open just inside the offensive zone. With the Stars’ forwards deep in the zone because of the onrushing Fowler, Allen was left uncontested as he unleashed a slap shot that gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the game. Though the Ducks wound up losing the game, they eventually eliminated the Stars in six games. Allen’s goal was his first as a Duck, and the first of his postseason career. The last time Allen scored a goal was on Feb. 28, 2012 vs. Nashville as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes.

BY THE NUMBERS
20
-- Allen finished the 2013-14 regular season with a +20 rating, the best of his career. His previous career high was +8, set in 2002-03, as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.

121, 118 -- Allen ranked third among team defensemen and fifth overall with 121 hits, and fourth overall with 118 blocked shots.

5 -- Allen returns to his familiar No. 5 after spending his past two seasons with 55. Allen has worn 5 since his days with the Canucks, dating back to the 2002-03 season.

SCHEDULE

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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
8 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 50 21 14 -2 35
R. Getzlaf 46 4 30 6 34
R. Rakell 47 11 15 1 26
R. Kesler 50 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 50 6 18 0 24
J. Silfverberg 50 6 11 -3 17
C. Stewart 44 7 9 1 16
A. Cogliano 50 5 11 -10 16
H. Lindholm 49 6 8 -4 14
C. Fowler 37 3 9 -9 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 8 5 .918 2.35
J. Gibson 12 7 2 .923 1.92

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