Red Hot Anaheim Ducks Setting the Pace in the NHL

It’s mid January and roughly the middle of the 2013-2014 National Hockey League season, and the Anaheim Ducks are emerging as the team to beat.  Actually, very few are beating the Ducks, who are 35-8-5 and lead all of the NHL with 75 points. 

The Ducks are particularly strong at home, with a record of 19-0-2.  Their latest victim was the Detroit Red Wings who were shut out 1-0 in Anaheim on January 12th.  The Ducks have swept their two regular season games against Detroit, the team that eliminated them in last season’s Stanley Cup playoffs.

It was goalie Jonas Hiller’s 23rd win of the season, tied for second best in the league.  He now has three shutouts.  Center Ryan Getzlaf is fourth in the league in scoring with 53 points, and right wing Corey Perry is sixth with 49 points, but otherwise the Ducks aren’t loaded with players who have big individual numbers.  But after going 30-12-6 in last year’s lockout shortened season, Anaheim has followed that up with a great first half this season.  There’s a long break in the schedule coming up from February 9th-27th for the Olympics, so it will be interesting to see if the Ducks can keep up the momentum when play resumes.

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