Ducks Gameday -- Desert-ers!

Phoenix Coyotes (Canis latrans) at Anaheim Ducks (Anas platyrhynchos), 7 pm
Five For Howling and Anaheim Calling -- Networkis blogorimus.

This cartoon isn't so much based on reality as it's based on the way I wish things were:

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Certainly not the best effort, but that's because I spent most of my morning putting together a data table. Hooray! :)

Well, it's now been 20 games under Coach Kirby -- let's see who's been scoring for him.

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Anaheim Ducks Scoring Leaders Under Coach Kirby

Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA PPPts SOG
Teemu Selanne 20 7 14 21 +9 2 3 5 8 55
Bobby Ryan 20 10 6 16 +1 13 0 1 1 40
Corey Perry 20 9 7 16 -2 22 3 3 6 72
Saku Koivu 12 5 9 14 +12 6 0 2 2 18
Ryan Getzlaf 20 2 10 12 -5 14 1 4 5 38
Niklas Hagman 20 4 6 10 -7 4 1 0 1 35
Lubomir Visnovsky 15 3 6 9 +4 6 1 4 5 33
Luca Sbisa 20 2 6 8 -7 17 0 1 1 18
Matt Beleskey 20 1 6 7 +2 29 0 0 0 22
Jason Blake 7 3 3 6 +4 0 1 0 1 16
Andrew Cogliano 20 3 3 6 -7 2 1 0 1 23
Cam Fowler 20 1 5 6 -1 4 0 1 1 19
Francois Beauchemin 20 1 5 6 +5 27 0 0 0 23
Nick Bonino 13 3 1 4 0 2 0 0 0 18
Andrew Gordon 13 2 2 4 -2 2 0 0 0 14
Toni Lydman 20 0 3 3 +2 14 0 0 0 7
Devante Smith-Pelly 4 1 1 2 -3 2 0 1 1 6
Kyle Palmieri 10 1 1 2 -1 2 0 0 0 19
Maxime Macenauer 7 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 4
Sheldon Brookbank 20 0 2 2 0 14 0 0 0 11
Rod Pelley 14 1 0 1 -2 0 0 0 0 10
Ben Maxwell 1 0 1 1 +1 0 0 0 0 1
Brandon McMillan 2 0 1 1 -1 6 0 0 0 0
George Parros 12 0 1 1 -1 19 0 0 0 4
Kurtis Foster 1 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2
Nate Guenin 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Jean-Francois Jacques 5 0 0 0 +2 10 0 0 0 5
TEAM TOTAL 20 59 101 160 2 219 11 22 33 515

Three quick things I noticed:

1. Teemu Selanne is awesome as ever, but so is Saku Koivu! Koivu is not only better than point-a-game under Coach Kirby, but he's a +12 in twelve games since Boudreau took over, too. Suomi!

2. Bobby Ryan is tied for second in Kirby scoring despite only picking up one power play point during the Boudreau era. He has definitely picked up a few just-after-power-play-ends points, but he is a pretty remarkable even-strength goal producer.

3. Ryan Getzlaf is doing a little better lately, but he's still not excelling yet. Interesting that he has only two fewer shots-on-goal than Bobby Ryan, though. Corey Perry is shooting a ton -- he nearly has as many as Getzlaf and Ryan combined.

Feel free to throw your own observations in the comments.

Prediction: I'll be around for game comments tonight. Ducks 4, Coyotes 2. Obedience school pays off.

Go 2012 Resolutions.

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