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GameThread: Anaheim Ducks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Tonight marks the first time that newcomer, Simon Despres, will face his former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Statistically speaking, how do these teams stack up?

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

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Anaheim Ducks
vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Friday, March 8, 2015, 7:00pm PST
Honda Center

TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket, SN
Radio: AM830 KLAA

Your Enemy: Pensburgh

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Numbers for Nerds:

The last matchup between these two teams was the season opener for both clubs.

That game saw Penguin-acquisition/former-Duck, Ben Lovejoy post a dismal -3 rating with one hit and one giveaway in 18:08 TOI. On the flip side, Duck newcomer, Simon Despres contributed with a +1 rating, 4 shots, one hit, 3 blocked shots and one takeaway in 15:36 TOI.

Doesn't it feel great knowing how frustrated Penguin fans were when they heard that Simon Despres would sport an Anaheim sweater?

Team Records:

Ducks: (42-17-7), 91 total points (1st in Pacific, 1st in West, 1st in NHL), 2.96 G/GP, 2.71 GA/GP

Penguins: (36-18-9), 81 total points (3rd in Metropolitan, 6th in East), 2.89 G/GP, 2.39 GA/GP

Ducks Team Leaders:

Scoring: Ryan Getzlaf (20+41=61), Corey Perry (27+18=45), Ryan Kesler (17+24=41); Among Defensemen: Sami Vatanen (12+22=34).

TOI/GP: Francois Beauchemin (22:45), Hampus Lindholm (22:01), Sami Vatanen (21:40); Among Forwards: Ryan Getzlaf (20:05).

Possession: (5v5 FF%, minimum 50 GP): Matt Beleskey (54.6%), Patrick Maroon (54.3%), Ryan Getzlaf (53.1%).

Possession numbers and chart via

Panguins Leaders:

Scoring: Evgeni Malkin (27+38=65), Sidney Crosby (20+44=64), Kris Letang (10+39=49).

TOI/GP: Kris Letang (25:41), Paul Martin (22:34), Christian Ehrhoff (22:10); Among Forwards: Sidney Crosby (19:49).

Possession: (5v5 FF%, minimum 50 GP): Chris Kunitz (56.8%), Kris Letang (56.0%), Sidney Crosby (55.6%).

Possession numbers and chart via


Ducks: Frederik Andersen: (30-8-5), .917 Sv%, 27.3 Shots Faced/GP or John Gibson (9-5-0) .924 Sv%, 30.9 Shots Faced/GP

Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury: (29-14-6), .923 Sv%, 28.2 Shots Faced/GP or Thomas Greiss (7-3-3), .906 Sv%, 29.8 Shots Faced/GP

Power Play:

Ducks: 17.3% (22nd in NHL), Top PPG Scorer: Sami Vatanen (7 PPG)

Penguins: 21.2% (7th in NHL), Top PPG Scorer: Evgeni Malkin (9 PPG)

Penalty Kill:

Ducks: 81.6% (13th in NHL), Top SHG Scorer: Andrew Cogliano (3 SHG)

Penguins: 85.1% (5th in NHL), Top SHG Scorer: Brandon Sutter (3 SHG)