As Corey Perry faces a disciplinary hearing for his hit last night in Minnesota, Anaheim can still count on other key Ducks players to get the job done. If Perry is gone for two to four games, don’t look at it as a loss for Anaheim, as they still have enough fire power to get the job done. (Update: Perry has been suspended for four games.)
Viktor Fasth, the 30-year-old goalie from Sweden, has had a remarkable year so far. A save percentage of .929 sees him sitting eighth among all goaltenders. His counterpart, Jonas Hiller, currently has one shutout with a 9-2-2 record. These two goalies together are becoming a dynamic duo and show no signs of slowing down.
Ryan Getzlaf, who just signed a huge eight-year deal with Anaheim, leads all Ducks players in points with 31. Not far behind is Corey Perry (24) and the other Ryan of the team, Bobby Ryan. (21) Secondary scoring has also been huge for Anaheim, with Daniel Winnik, Emmerson Etem and Matt Beleskey all contributing to the teams success. The highest time on ice in Anaheim is defenseman Francois Beauchemin with 23:37, meaning everyone on the team is on the ice every given night, giving it their all.
This could also be the year that Teemu Selanne finally hangs up his skates. No one surely knows if he’ll be back next season, but you can safely assume there will be a roster spot for him if he does. The “Finnish Flash” would be going out on a high note as Anaheim is one of the NHL‘s top teams, and he has been contributing a lot–18 points so far. If he does indeed retire, it will be the end of an era and the loss of a legend, but I think we all agree that Anaheim fans will forever hold him in their hearts. Who knows, maybe Anaheim will decide to retire his number?
This team is coached by former Washington Capitals bench boss Bruce Boudreau, who has found immediate success in Orange County. The 07-08 Jack Adams award winner is seeing the talent that Anaheim has right before his eyes and he will soon see Anaheim in the playoffs.
If the Honda Center hosts postseason games this April, it will be packed with the Ducks faithful and they hope to repeat their success from the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which they won 4-1, earning Anaheim’s first cup in franchise history.