With just one goal scored in their first 125 minutes of play in the 2015-16 season, the Anaheim Ducks look to find their scoring touch against an Arizona Coyotes team that has come out of the gate surprisingly well.
Ducks: Monday, 10/12 vs Vancouver. "Canucks Spoil Ducks Home Opener In 2-1 Shootout Win"
Coyotes: Saturday, 10/10 vs Pittsburgh. "Home Is Where The Heart Is"
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Sami Vatanen became the 36th different Duck in franchise history to notch a goal on opening night, and the 10th defenseman to do so. Tom Kurvers holds the record for most goals in a home opener by a defenseman with two, which he held alone as the club-high until Jakob Silfverberg scored a pair against the New York Rangers in 13-14. Andrew Cogliano's assist on the goal gave him a point in three straight home openers; Ryan Getzlaf holds the record with at least a point in five straight home openers from 06-07 to 10-11, and in 10-11 he set the new franchise mark for points in a single home opener with four points (a goal and three assists). Getzlaf's nine points in home openers is second most all time for Anaheim behind Teemu Selanne, who had 10 points on four goals and six assists, scoring in eight different home openers.
Anaheim's lone goal through the first two games equals the same performance to start the 1998-99 and 10-11 seasons. 99-00 saw Anaheim get shutout in their first two games, both on the road, setting the franchise scoring low through two games.
The Ducks earned points in every game against Arizona last season going 3-0-2, with a 1-0-1 record at Honda Center. All time against the Jets/Coyotes franchise, Anaheim is 65-32-18, going 36-15-7 in Orange County. Arizona has not won in regulation at Honda Center since the 12-13 season, and the Ducks are 7-2-1 against the Coyotes in their last 10 meetings at home.
Captain Shane Doan, the last remaining player from the original Winnipeg Jets, celebrated his 39th birthday on Saturday, and what better way to celebrate than by knocking off the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Coyotes home opener. In 101 career games against the Ducks, Doan has 33 goals and 39 assists with four game winners, the 72 points making Anaheim his second-most victimized team in the league behind Los Angeles (36G 41A 77P 7GW). Of those, 18 goals and 15 assists have come in 51 games at Honda Center.
Goalie Mike Smith has shown strong form in his first two games this season, eagerly looking to put a miserable 14-15 that saw him post a .904 save percentage and 3.16 goals against average behind him. Thus far this season he's allowed one goal in each of the two games, while turning aside 67 of 69 shots. With Arizona on the front end of a back-to-back, returning to Glendale to face Minnesota the following night, there's a possibility the Ducks may see backup Anders Lindback.
Both highly touted rookies Max Domi and Anthony Duclair have multiple points through the Coyotes first two games, Domi with a goal and assist while Duclair has a pair of helpers. Domi has primarily skated with Antoine Vermette and Mikkel Boedker, seeing over 20 minutes of his 24:10 of even strength ice time with the duo. Duclair has seen less five-on-five time at just over 13 minutes, spending 11:44 with Martin Hanzal and 10:46 with Tobias Rieder.