The Anaheim Ducks will face the Phoenix Coyotes tonight in the second game of a three-game set against their Pacific Division foe. The Ducks have only lost in regulation three times this season as goaltenders Viktor Fasth and Jonas Hiller have been dominant and a young, talented offense led by Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan has continued to put up big numbers against the rest of the Western Conference. Getzlaf has been on quite a roll lately and has 10 points in the Ducks’ last six games.
Getzlaf scored his seventh goal of the season in Friday’s win over the Minnesota Wild but was held off the scoresheet in Anaheim’s first meeting with the Coyotes on Saturday. He has five multi-point games this season and leads the team with 22 points. While the Ducks rely heavily on their top trio, veterans Saku Koivu (seven goals, 20 points) and Teemu Selanne (six goals, 17 points) are also off to great starts for the team. With there being a decent chance of Selanne and Koivu retiring after this season, Getzlaf will be looked to for a much larger role in the future for the Ducks. Kyle Palmieri is having a great season in his first season of full-time duty in Anaheim and the Ducks have no shortage of talent in the AHL and beyond, just waiting for an NHL shot.
Seven of Getzlaf’s points have come on the power play and he logs more minutes than any other forward on the team. If he can keep this kind of production going all season, it will be a great way to bounce back after a 2011-12 campaign hat saw him score a career-low 11 goals.