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Canucks @ Ducks Game Preview



Time Wed, 7:00 PM PST
Season Series (2009/10) 2-2-0 Canucks
Last Meeting 5-4 Canucks (03-02-10)
The Enemy Anaheim Calling, Battle Of California Scoring Leaders   Sedins: 3 Koivu: 2
Category Ducks
1-0-1 Season Record 0-3-0
7th Conference Position 30th
Last 10 NA
1.5 (25)
Goals Per Game 0.67 (30)
1.0 (1)
Least Goals Against Per Game 4.33 (28)
2.0 (8)
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.10 (30)
20 (10)
Power Play %
12.5 (18)
88.9 (9) Penalty Kill %
90.9 (8)
29.5 (22)
Shots Per Game 24.0 (29)
37.0 (26)
Least Shots Against Per Game 48.3 (30)
0.50 (16)
Winning % When Scoring First 0
Winning % When Leading After 1 0
Winning % When Trailing After 1 0
Winning % When Leading After 2 0
Winning % When Trailing After2 0
53.0 (8)
Faceoffs % 43.0 (29)
9.0 (3)
Least PIM's Per Game 48.3 (30)
+1 (14)
+ / - GF/GA (see here)
-10 (30)

(The above stats and standings as of 7:00 PM October 12.)

Update (3:22 PM): Ducks coach Randy Carlyle talks about what the problem is in Anaheim and how he is trying to remedy it.

Update: Word is that Henrik Sedin will be on TSN's Off The Record 2:00 PM PST today.

Wow. If there was ever a time to go back home and try to hit a reset button that time would be now for the Ducks. Off to one of the (if not THE) worst starts in their franchise history, their team stats above paint a grisly picture. Look at their shots against per game average above. Yieee. And hey! Maybe a team that will take more penalties than us this time! Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Jason Blake have a combined ZERO points, 31 shots, 52 PIM's and a -12. That, my friends, will change soon enough. Just hope it's not against us.

Much more updates and news:

  • Disturbing stats are both cool and freaky. Or freaky cool. I gotta tip my hat to Hodge for sending me this tidbit about Roberto Luongo today in regards to his 3rd game of the season performances over the past 3 seasons:

    2007-08, third game of the season, four goals allowed, pulled after 20
    2008-09, third game of the season, five goals allowed, pulled after 40
    2009-10, third game of the season, four goals allowed, pulled after 26

  • Dan Hamhuis missed Tuesday's practice with a sore groin but will play against Anaheim

  • Goon Alert: Just in time to play the Dirty Ducks, Rick Rypien will return to the lineup after missing weeks with broken ribs. I am assuming that means Jeff Tambellini sits unless Guillaume Desbiens doesn't return in time after tweaking his back at practice.

  • Jannik Hansen will play on Line 2 with Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond once again. He has earned that.
  • The Ducks have lost tough guy defenceman Andy Sutton for 6-8 weeks due to surgery on a broken thumb. They have called up Brett Festerling to replace him.
  • Anaheim signed free agent Andreas Lilja to a $600,000 1-way contract on Sunday, as they are without the services of Toni Lydman.
  • OK, video time. Remember what happened the last time the Canucks played the Ducks in the regular season?

Why does Kesler hate Corey Perry? Who cares? It makes for compelling television:

And more...

In December 2008 The Canucks and Ducks went 13 rounds in a shootout:

The Canucks won that game 7-6. It was Halloween. It was memorable. Anything can happen when these 2 teams play. Prepare for a violent affair! Go Canucks!