Ducks At Canucks Game Preview: Finally....

Stephen Dunn
DUCKS

CANUCKS

AT

Time Sat. 7:00 PM PST
TV CBC
Season Series 0 - 0
Last Meeting
5-4 Canucks Apr. 03/12
The Enemy Anaheim Calling, Battle Of California Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 14-67-81
Selanne: 26-40-66
Ducks
Category Canucks
34-36-12 Season Record 51-22-9
13th
Conference Position 1st
NA
Streak NA
13-18-10
< Road Record / Home Record >
27-10-4
204
Goals For 249
231
Goals Against 198
2.45 (23)
Goals Per Game Average
2.94 (5)
2.73 (19)
Goals Against Per Game Average
2.33 (4)
0.90 (23)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.19 (4)
16.6 (21)
Power Play %
19.8 (4)
82.0 (16)
Penalty Kill %
86.0 (6)
47.4 (28)
Faceoffs % 55.4
1856 (15)
Hits
1826 (18)
1175 (15)
Blocked Shots
1019 (27
666 (11)
Giveaways
582 (19)
443 (29)
Takeaways
539 (16)
12.0 (21)
PIM's Per Game Average
12.8 (25)
NHL.com

Stats are based on the 2011-12 regular season.

Oh hi 2012-13 NHL Regular Season!

Last season the Canucks kicked some ass. The Ducks sucked ass. But one thing that is almost certain is that when Anaheim and Vancouver do battle, it's always entertaining. Something good or BAD happens, right Dan Hamhuis?

Yea, fuck you, Ryan Getzlaf!

Usually, a lot of goals are scored when these teams go head to head. And/Or there's a crazy marathon shootout:

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS


Cory Schneider

#35 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-2

195

Mar 18, 1986



Sedin - Sedin - Burrows

Raymond - Ebbett - Kassian

Higgins - Lapierre - Hansen

Volpatti - Malhotra - Weise

Hamhuis - Bieksa

Garrison - Edler

Ballard - Tanev


Jonas Hiller

#1 / Goalie / Anaheim Ducks

6-2

194

Feb 12, 1982


Kyle Palmieri - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Bobby Ryan - Nick Bonino - Teemu Selanne

Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Daniel Winnik

Matt Belesky - Devante Smith-Pelly - Brad Staubitz

Francois Beauchemin - Toni Lydman

Cam Fowler - Bryan Allen

Luca Sbisa - Sheldon Souray

NOTES / OPINION

Hard to believe how lousy the Ducks were last season. Hard to believe Selanne led the team with 66 points. But the Ducks didn't bolster their offense in the long long offseason. No, they added size to the defence in Sheldon Souray and Bryan Allen. They want more offense from the talented forward corps that are already in place. I expect they will get it. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are in contract years. You know they are going to step it up. Other notable UFA's this coming summer are Koivu and Lydman. I assume this is Selanne's final year.

The Canucks are loaded on defence but have potential issues up front. They ended the final months of their 2011-12 season by having trouble scoring. The current group is missing Ryan Kesler and David Booth to injury. That leaves the new-look line 2 as you can see above. Not exactly assuring. I expect a more defensive strategy from Alain Vigneault to start the season.

PREDICTION

OK, so let's do the score predicting contest again! I don't have a sidebar to put the leaderboard on but I will figure something out.

The rules: If you pick the right score and correct winning team you get 2 points. You don't get a point for predicting one correct and not the other. That ought to encourage more NUMBSKULLERY. Also, you will get a point if you predict the game-winning goal scorer, even if you are wrong about the score and winning team.

The winners from the past 2 regular seasons are:

2012: HockeyFanInColorado: 32
2011: Semi_Colon: 24

I don't have a good feeling about the opener. I'll start the guessing off with a 5-2 Ducks win, with Getzlaf scoring the winner.

LET'S GET IT ON!

GO CANUCKS GO!

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