PREVIEW: Ducks Friday Face-Off Against Canucks

Background Photo: Adam Morely

Background Photo: Adam Morely

By Mike Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(43-23-10) continue the home stand against the Vancouver Canucks (28-36-13). The Ducks have played the Canucks four times this season and are 2-0-2, winning twice in regulation and losing twice in the shootout. This is the fifth and final meeting of the season.

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Keys To The Game:

Ducks

1. Score Early: The Vancouver Canucks played last night beating the San Jose Sharks, so the Ducks want to get to scoring early. If the Ducks can jump on Vancouver early like they did with Calgary, then I like their chances in this game.

2. Forecheck: If the Ducks can forecheck and play their game, then they should be good in this contest. They could tire out Vancouver with a solid forecheck since they played last night.

Canucks

1. Momentum: Vancouver was on a terrible slide losing nine games(0-8-1) in a row. They need to carry their play over from last night’s game into this one.

2. Defense: The Canucks give up almost three goals(2.84) per game. They need to try to limit Anaheim to two goals or less to have a good chance of winning this game.

Players To Watch:

Ducks

1. Ryan Kesler: He had a career night against Calgary with four points(1G + 3A). He is the third leading scorer with 48 points on the season.

2. Jakob Silfverberg: He scored twice in Anaheim’s last game and his new season high is 18 goals. Hopefully he can reach 20 in the final weeks of the season.

Canucks

1. Daniel Sedin: He leads Vancouver with 60 points(28G + 32A). He leads the team with eight power play goals and six game winning goals.

2. Emerson Etem: He started the season with the New York Rangers and then ended up with Vancouver after being traded in January. Etem has seven points(3G +4A) in 34 games with Vancouver and will get to face his former team tonight.

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Anaheim Ducks Projected Lineup(Per Eric Stephens & the Anaheim Ducks):
Kevin Bieksa(upper body) and Simon Despres(Upper Body) skated this morning, but will not play tonight. David Perron has a separated shoulder and could miss up to 4-6 weeks. Rickard Rakell has an appendicitis and Hampus Lindholm is ill. Frederik Andersen suffered a concussion in the last game. Chris Wagner was recalled and will play tonight. For a summary on everything, please visit: Ducks Injuries Starting To Mount, Players Recalled.

Offense

Jamie McGinn – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano – Ryan Kesler Jakob Silfverberg 

Brandon Pirri – Shawn Horcoff –  Chris Stewart 

Ryan Garbutt – Nate Thompson – Chris Wagner

Defense

Cam Fowler – Korbinian Holzer

Shea Theodore – Josh Manson

Clayton Stoner  Sami Vatanen

Vancouver Canucks Projected Lineup (Per Leftwinglock.com):

Vancouver will be without rookie forward Jake Virtanen, who will be serving the second of a two-game suspension for a late hit against Sharks defenseman Roman Polak on Tuesday.

Offense

Daniel SedinHenrik SedinJannik Hansen

Sven BaertschiMarkus GranlundLinden Vey

Chris HigginsBo HorvatEmerson Etem

Jared McCannBrendan GaunceAlexandre Burrows

Defense

Ben HuttonNikita Tryamkin

Dan HamhuisChris Tanev

Matt BartkowskiAlex Biega

Ducks:                                                John Gibson    19-11-3 GAA 2.04 SV% .920% (Probable)

Canucks:                                            Jacob Markstrom     11-13-4 GAA 2.63 SV% .917% (Probable)

TEAM COMPARISON 

GP RECORD HOME ROAD L10 G/GP GA/GP PP% PK% PIM/GP S/GP SA/GP FO%
77 28-36-13 13-21-5 15-15-8 1-8-1 2.23 2.84 16.2 82.1 10.0 28.3 32.1 45.2
76 43-23-10 24-9-5 19-14-5 6-3-1 2.64 2.33 23.6 86.6 12.6 30.6 27.5 51.6

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