Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Anaheim Ducks forwards Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Dustin Penner are not kids anymore, but they are as lethal a combination as ever before.
They just need a new nickname.
The trio formed what was called the "Kid Line" in 2006-07, when Anaheim won its only Stanley Cup in franchise history, before Penner signed a five-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Penner rejoined the Ducks this season, but all three players are now at least 28 years old and the name no longer fits.
The trio has formed one of the top lines in the NHL this season, accounting for 18 goals, which ranks second (tied with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis) to Boston's line of David Krejci, Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic among forward combinations.
Perry is the alpha Duck, as his contributions in penalty minutes (28 PIM) and shots on goal (115 SOG) put him slightly ahead of Getzlaf. Perry has 17 goals, 15 assists and a +11 to boot.
Getzlaf, though, is the coal that keeps the fire burning.
The center has 15 goals, 19 assists, 78 SOG, 13 PIM, 10 power-play points (PPP) and a +13 in 28 games.
He's produced nine goals and 18 points during a 12-game scoring streak that dates back to Nov. 6.
Getzlaf is playing at a pace of 44 goals and 100 points per 82 games, both of which would be career highs. He's been aided by a career-best .192 scoring percentage, which should come down. But Getzlaf has always been a high- percentage scorer, hitting on 12.3 percent of his shots in his career. He's taking 2.79 SOG per game, his second highest average ever.
According to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register, Getzlaf played a part in convincing Ducks GM Bob Murray to bring Penner back.
Penner came into this season with something to prove after playing a minimal role with the Kings the last two seasons. He's also the only one of the three forwards who wasn't drafted in the first round and hasn't made an All-Star team.
The undrafted 31-year-old has nine goals, already his most since 2010-11, 23 points, 20 PIM, nine PPP, 55 SOG and a +18 differential, which is tied for second in the NHL.
Penner is only skating 15:28 per game, but as long as he continues to play with Getzlaf and Perry on both the top line and the No. 1 power-play unit, his fantasy value should remain high.
Penner currently ranks 26th overall in yahoo.com fantasy leagues, and both Getzlaf and Perry place in the top 10.
Still, their nickname is outdated.
How about we just call them the three Mighty Ducks, or D3. That hasn't been used before, has it?
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