Anaheim Ducks Fall 2-1 in Shootout to Arizona Coyotes

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Dec 27, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ice flies as Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) falls while controlling the puck in the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Next, the Ducks return home to Honda Center, starting a stretch of eight straight home games and ten straight in Southern California until the All-Star break. The Ducks draw the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night. The Canucks are fourth in the Pacific Division and currently hold the second wild card spot in the Western Conference with a 20-11-2 record and 42 points.

Daniel Sedin leads the Canucks with 30 points. Henrik Sedin, his linemate and twin brother, has a team-leading 23 assists, while the other linemate on that top line, Radim Vrbata, has a team-high 13 goals. Alexander Edler plays a team-high 24:10 per game, and he has a blue-line leading three goals, seven assists, and ten points. Dan Hamhuis is still sidelined with an injury.

Point Streaks, General Notes:

Getzlaf has a seven game point streak and points in 12 of 13 games. Devante Smith-Pelly, who recorded a secondary assist on the Bourque goal, extended his point streak to three games (three assists). Emerson Etem had his two game point streak snapped.

Despite the sluggish nature of the game, it was not an undisciplined contest, by any means. Each team took one minor penalty apiece: Vermette was called for interference in the first period, while Nate Thompson was called for boarding in the second. Neither team converted the power-play: the Coyotes generated three shots on goal, while the Ducks failed to generate any.

The Ducks played their 23rd one-goal game. That means 62.2% of their games this season have been one-goal affairs, and the Ducks’ record in those games is now 17-0-6. 40 of the team’s 52 points have come in those one-goal games: the team is just 6-8 in games decided by multiple goals. While the record in close games is stellar, it’s a bit worrisome that the Ducks, with their perceived talent, cannot pull away from teams and are under .500 in multi-goal games.