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Quick Mid-Season Look in


After 41 games, the Anaheim Ducks are first in the Pacific Division and second overall in the Western conference with 61 points (28-8-5). They are undefeated in regulation time at home and boasted a 10 game winning streak. During that streak, the Ducks were able to get back a healthy Mathieu Perreault, Saku Koivu, and Jakob Silfverberg. Since my Quarter-ish Review, the Ducks have played 12 games, all in December (although, not including the New Years Eve game). In those 12 games, they are 10 - 1 - 1.

Perreault took some time off in the early parts of December as he did not look like he had the same steps when he initially started for the Ducks. Since December 15th, Pererault has notched 2 goals, 2 assists and has a plus 3 rating in seven games.

Koivu's return to the lineup was in late November. And he has contributed well since coming back to the ice with 5 goals, 6 assists, and has a plus rating of 7 in 14 games. That equates to 0.78 point per game pace.

Although Silfverberg has not shown a lot on the score sheet since his wrist injury, he's been played like the joker card to coach Boudreau. Jakob has been inserted onto all four lines because of his sound game and the a knack to create scoring opportunities as he has 13 SOG's (Shots On Goal) in six games and has a negative 1 rating.

Before starting the December games, let us recall the first line, PPG, scored 37 goals. That made up 41.1% of the total goals scored out of 90 goals for the Ducks. The defense scored 9 games in that same span and the other forwards scored 44 goals, or 48.8% of the total goal production. Here is a chart of what the team has done in the past 12 games of December to reach the half way mark.

Anaheim Ducks, Goal breakdown (December - 12 games)

Group Set

Goals

Goal Production Rate

December Games (12)

36

PPG

12

33.3%

Perreault, Koivu, Silf

8

22.2%

Defense

6

16.7%

Other forwards

10

27.8%

From that chart, we are able to notice that the first line is not carrying the bulk weight of scoring as it did in the previous 29 games. 50% of the goal production is done by forwards outside of the first line. Out of Perreault, Koivu, and Silfverberg, only Koivu has played all 12 December games so far. Even our defensive goal scoring is up as well. This spreading of the goal scoring bodes well for the team and its future as it is not reliant solely on its top line to produce, which makes this team's offense difficult to defend against.

Defense, December Games (12 games)

Player

GP

G

A

Pts

+/- , Dec

+/-, Year

ATOI

ATOI difference since game 29

Fowler

12

2

7

9

6

23

24:02

+ 21 Seconds

Lovejoy

12

0

5

5

4

13

20:02

+ 17 Seconds

Allen

12

0

2

2

-1

7

18:37

+ 8 Seconds

Lindholm

11

1

4

5

8

20

19:18

- 3 Seconds

Beauchemin

10

0

6

6

-4

8

21:54

+ 2 minutes, 26 seconds

Fistric

8

1

0

1

4

3

15:21

-30 Seconds

Vatanen

6

1

1

2

3

2

17:43

-14 Seconds

Grant

1

1

0

1

2

3

12:11

+1 minute, 59 Seconds

During the December run, from the aforementioned chart, Beauchemin is one of our worst defenders based upon the plus/minus rating. We can also see his minutes on the ice rise considerably. Thankfully, Beauchemin and his partner are not engaged with the opposing team's top line. That duty lies with Fowler and Lovejoy. In December, that top pairing is playing very well. Also, there is a relevant reason why coach Boudreau likes to put Fistric in the lineup as we can see he is not a liability.

Unfortunately, due to prior engagements, I was not able to research the power play and penalty kill stats in time before game 42 started as it may skew the results a little bit. And yet with the trend of balanced scoring in the past 12 games and the defense looking effective, the reason to be very optimistic for something great has growing validity.

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