Not only are the Anaheim Ducks (32-8-5) leading the NHL right now, but they are also having their best start statistically.
The team’s record comes out to 69 points, which is their best start through 45 games ever, with the 29-9-7 2006-07 season being the next closest, at 65 points (the year they won the Stanley Cup).
The Ducks are also, according to their website, "the fifth team in 40 NHL seasons (since 1973-74) to record points in each of their first 20+ home games of a season (18-0-2). The Ducks’ 20-game streak is also their longest home standings point streak in club history at any point during a season (previous best was 14 games).”
The team also had some interesting, notable stats for the players:
Jonas Hiller extended his club-record winning streak to 12-0-0, while also improving on his career best. The last NHL goaltender to win 12 consecutive starts/games in a single season was New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, who won 12 straight from Oct. 23-Nov. 20, 1997 (Stats Inc.).
Teemu Selanne earned his 763rd career assist in the second period, moving him into a tie with Chris Chelios for 38th place on the all-time assist list.
Andrew Cogliano scored his career-tying (third time) second shorthanded goal of 2013-14, moving him into a share of second place among NHL leaders in SHG. Cogliano now has points in a career-tying four straight games (3-1=4) and in six of his last seven games (5-2=7). Cogliano’s 14 goals is his highest total in five seasons and best since scoring a career-high 18 in both 2007-08 and 2008-09.
Mathieu Perreault recorded his first multi-goal game of the season with his eighth and ninth goals of 2013-14, marking the second-highest total of his NHL career. Perreault’s career best is 16 goals, established in 2011-12 with Washington.
Nick Bonino’s second consecutive multi-point game (1-1=2) and third in four games extended his point/assist streak to four consecutive games (3-4=7, +6). His four-game assist streak represents a career best, while the point streak matches a career high set earlier this season (Nov. 23-30, 1-4=5)
Corey Perry scored his team-leading 24th goal of the season, giving him goals in two straight games (2-1=3) and points in four of five games (2-3=5).