Preview: Ducks vs Canucks

Photo: Darryl Dyck, Associated Press

Photo: Darryl Dyck, Associated Press

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(11-8-4) go on a road trip to western Canada. First stop is the in Vancouver against the Canucks(10-11-2). The Ducks won the first meeting 4-2 with goals from four different players. Andrew Cogliano, Cam Fowler, Nick Ritchie, and Corey Perry each scored.

Anaheim Outlook

The Ducks just beat the Montreal Canadiens in a tight game by a score of 2-1. The Ducks got out to a 2-0 lead and a late score by the Canadiens pulled them within one, but Anaheim held on for the victory. The Ducks won a game for the first time this season without scoring three goals. Rickard Rakell scored his team-leading ninth goal. Cam Fowler scored his seventh goal of the season, which leads all Anaheim defensemen.

Keys To The Game

The Ducks enter this contest on a two-game winning streak, but there is still room for improvement. Anaheim has relied on the Ryan Kesler line to do most of the heavy lifting at both ends of the rink this season. There hasn’t been another line playing with as much consistency. Rakell has played on the Ryan Getzlaf the past few games and Rakell has been on fire scoring five goals in his last six games. Getzlaf did score the game-winner against San Jose over the weekend, but Perry has struggled. He didn’t score a goal in the entire month of November. If the Ducks can find more scoring from Perry or the third line, then it will help continue their winning ways.

Anaheim Projected Lineup

Offense
Rickard RakellRyan GetzlafCorey Perry
Andrew CoglianoRyan KeslerJakob Silfverberg
Nick RitchieAntoine VermetteOndrej Kase
Ryan Garbutt – Logan Shaw – Chris Wagner

Defense
Cam FowlerSami Vatanen
Hampus Lindholm – Josh Manson
Shea Theodore – Kevin Bieksa

In Net
John Gibson (Unconfirmed)

Vancouver Outlook

The Canucks have won two in a row. They beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a shootout and more recently they edged the Minnesota Wild 5-4. Vancouver still finds themselves looking up in the Pacific Division. They currently have 22 points and are in 6th place behind everyone except the Arizona Coyotes. Bo Horvat leads the team with eight goals and 16 points. Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin are the tied for second in points with 14 each.

Keys To The Game

The two areas of concern for Vancouver is their defense and power play. They give up on average 3.00 goals per game, which is tied for 25th in the league. They also only average 2.26 goals for per game, which has translated into a -16 goal differential on the season. Part of the problem for the lack of goals is the ineffective power play. Vancouver is 14.9% effective with the man advantage, which is 23rd in the NHL. The Canucks need to establish the forecheck early in this game, spending more time in the Ducks zone to create opportunities and draw penalties.

Vancouver Projected Lineup (Per Dailyfaceoff.com)

Offense
Daniel Sedin – Henrik SedinBrandon Sutter
Markus GranlundMichael ChaputLoui Eriksson
Sven Baertschi – Bo HorvatAlexandre Burrows
Jack SkilleBrendan GaunceJayson Megna

Defense
Luca SbisaTroy Stecher
Ben HuttonErik Gudbranson
Nikita TryamkinPhilip Larsen

In Net
Ryan Miller (Unconfirmed)

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December 1, 2016

 

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