This weekend the Canucks take to the road for the first time in 2013. First stop is Anaheim where Vancouver will look to avenge their embarrassing 7-3 opening night loss against the Ducks at Rogers Arena. There are a few things Vancouver must do in order to earn the two points tonight.
First off, Vancouver needs to stay out of the sin bin. In the opening game, the Ducks were a perfect 3-for-3 on power plays. As a result, the Canucks currently rank 28th in the penalty kill to start the season. Somehow though, the Ducks actually are worse on the penalty kill than Vancouver, ranking dead last in penalty kill percentage. A key to winning tonight is If the Canucks can go on the power play and capitalize on the league's worst penalty kill team.
Maintaining leads has also been a problem for the Canucks. Vancouver has surrendered a lead in each of their first three games, including back-to-back games where they blew a two goal lead. The second period has proved to be a headache for Vancouver so far. In the first three games, the Canucks have given up seven goals in the middle stanza. If Cory Schneider can shut out the Ducks in the second period, he'll give Vancouver the chance to win.
Vancouver also needs to find a way to stop Teemu Selanne, the timeless wonder who turned in a 4-point night versus Vancouver with two goals and two assists.
Chime in below with what you feel the most important key to Vancouver's first road test will be.
What is the biggest key to tonight's game for the Canucks?
Avoid Penalties (1 vote)
Prevent Goals in Second Period (5 votes)
Get a Lead and Hold It (16 votes)
22 total votes