The Anaheim Ducks are hoping that a holiday break hasn’t slowed
down any momentum they have built in putting together the longest
win streak in franchise history.
The Ducks will stretch that run to 10 wins in a row Saturday
night at home if they can improve to 4-0-0 against the Phoenix
Anaheim (27-7-5) will be back on the ice for the first time
since Monday’s 3-2 win at Washington capped a four-game trip and
gave the Ducks the NHL’s longest win streak since Pittsburgh won
all 15 games in March.
Coach Bruce Boudreau gave his club three days away from the rink
before it returned to practice Friday.
“Those days off were needed, and I think the guys enjoyed them,
but now we’re back at it,” center Mathieu Perreault told the Ducks’
official website. “We have a good thing going here. We’ve won nine
in a row and we want to come back on the ice.”
Perreault is one of four Ducks with three points in the season
series, with Nick Bonino recording a team-best four. Jonas Hiller
has posted a 1.95 goals-against average while starting the first
three meetings, and he’s 7-0-1 with a 1.72 GAA in his last eight
starts versus the Coyotes.
“You have to be prepared because they’re four lines deep,” said
Boudreau about Phoenix. “They can put four really good lines out,
and they have the most active defense this side of Chicago. You’re
always worried about their depth. If Mike Smith is playing at the
top of his game, he’s a tough one to beat. I always think they’re
Smith owns a 3.64 GAA in three starts against Anaheim this
season, and is 1-3-2 with a 3.94 GAA in six career starts at the
It’s unclear if he will be back in goal after he made 29 saves
in Friday’s 4-3 shootout home loss to San Jose.
“Quick turnaround, 5 o’clock tomorrow so the schedule makers
didn’t do us much favors there but look at the bright side, we just
had three days’ rest so we’ll be ready to go,” coach Dave Tippett
Phoenix (19-10-8) continues to play without Shane Doan and that
figures to be a problem Saturday. The Coyotes captain has an
illness and won’t be able to add to his team-best four points in
the season series.
Tippett was pleased with his team’s effort Friday against the
high-scoring Sharks. David Moss scored twice and Radim Vrbata added
a tying goal with 6:25 left in regulation.
”Tonight, I thought that game was a toss-up,” Tippett said.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t get the extra point, but we put the work
in to get the two points.”
Mike Ribeiro had two assists to end a five-game pointless
Anaheim is the only team without a regulation home loss with a
13-0-2 mark. Ryan Getzlaf has been a big part of that with 18
points in a 10-game run at the Honda Center.
Getzlaf has a team-high 12 points during this win streak while
Corey Perry has a team-best six goals and 10 points.
The Ducks also feature a defensive tandem of Hampus Lindholm and
Francois Beauchemin that deserves mention. Lindholm is an NHL-best
plus-22 with Beauchemin at plus-21.