So... Anaheim Is On a Bit of a Roll
(AP Photo/Chuck Stoody,CP)Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. That's how it goes, right?
But, someone forgot to tell the Anaheim Ducks about that whole “losing” thing.
Opening the season with a groin-grabbingly impressive 12-0-4, the Ducks have set an NHL record for going unbeaten in 16 games. Beating the mark of 15 , held by the '84 Oilers.
And last night they set that mark with style by destroying the Vancouver Canucks 6-0. Ryan Getzlaf had two goals, Shane O'Brien had a surprising goal and two assists, while J.S. Giguere stopped twenty shots for the shut-out.
The win gave the Ducks 28 points on the season, which is tops in the league.
The L.A. Kings, on the other hand, are considerably back. Their 13 points leaves them in fourth place in the division.
And the Kings had a considerably rougher night, losing 7-3 to the San Jose Sharks.
Sean Avery, Alex Frolov, and Brian Willsie scored for the Kings.
Most experts expected L.A. to struggle in a rebuilding season, and expected Anaheim to be one of the best teams in the league. But, nobody expected this type of a start for the Ducks. Still, who can blame them? That pesky losing thing is no fun at all.
Just so you know, the '84 Oilers - who previously owned the most games without a loss record - went on the win the Stanley Cup that year.
I'm just sayin'.
Let's look at the season numbers:
Goals - Chris Kunitz 8
Assists - Chris Pronger 12
Points - Teemu Selanne 15
Penalty Minutes - Shane O'Brien 68
Goals - Frolov/Cammalleri 6 each
Assists - Anze Kopitar 11
Points - Anze Kopitar 16
Penalty Minutes - Sean Avery 50
(Also, because I know it keeps you up at night, I am in third place in my fantasy league at 23-13-4. Thank you, Kopitar!)
Next game -
Anaheim at Calgary, Friday, 6:30 pm. (There'll be a "Watch Party" at Hooter's of Anaheim, 2438 E. Katella Ave.)
Kings vs. Wild, Saturday, 7:30 pm at Staples Center.
Yes, I said Hooters.
Peter almost never uses "groin-grabbingly" anymore, and hangs out at www.peterdewolf.com