The best team in the NHL has won 33 of their 46 games so far this season with only eight regulation losses. This team has also yet to lose in regulation on their home ice and they also boast two of the top eight point-getters in the league. Most likely you have never seen them play because they usually don’t start their games until after 10:00 p.m. ET. The best team in the NHL is the Anaheim Ducks, and they extended their NHL-best point total to 71 with a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.
Anaheim has been on an absolute tear as of late, winning 15 games in their last 16 played, and they aren’t just blowing teams out either — 18 of their 33 wins this season have been by one goal. The credit there goes to longtime goaltender Jonas Hiller who is playing his best season to date for Anaheim. He is already only nine wins away from tying his career-high of 30 wins in a season, and he’s doing this at age 31.
Offensively they are paced by center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry who were both recently named to Team Canada for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Both players have earned their calling each with over 20 goals and 20 assists on the current season — the two have also combined for 14 game-winning goals.
The player who is most exciting for Anaheim fans, however, is 22-year old defenseman Cam Fowler. This Windsor, Ontario native just missed out on being included on the Olympic Team, but he will surely be there in 2018. Fowler has four goals and 22 assists from his top defensive line pairing while leading the club in ice time with 24:02 minutes per game. He has also established himself as a power play threat with a handful of goals to go along with ten assists on the man-advantage.
It is easy to see why the Ducks have played so well at home considering they have given up the fewest amount of goals at the Honda Center. In their 20 games at home the club is outscoring their opponents by a staggering 79 goals scored to 38 goals allowed.
The Ducks have two games being broadcast on the NHL Network coming up with the first being a Western Conference showdown on Friday, Jan. 17 at the United Center against the Chicago Blackhawks with an 8:00 p.m. ET face-off. Six days later they will host the rival Los Angeles Kings at the Honda Center with a 10:00 p.m. ET face-off.
Your best chance to see them will be on the NBC Sports Network on Saturday, Jan. 25 as they take it outdoors with the first of the Stadium Series games. It will be a 9:30 p.m. ET face-off against the Kings at legendary Dodger Stadium — the first outdoor game in the state of California. This will be one to stay up and watch for those on the East Coast, and it may be your only chance to watch this team before a potential Stanley Cup Finals meeting.