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DUCKS
CANUCKS

AT

Time Wed. 7:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac, FS-W
Season Series  1-1
Last Meeting
5-4 Canucks (Dec. 8/10)
The Enemy Anaheim Calling, Battle Of California Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 28-41-69 Perry: 28-28-56
Ducks
Category   Canucks    
29-21-4 Season Record 35-10-9
7th
Conference Position 1st
Won 1
Streak Won 6
12-13-3
< Road Record / Home Record >
19-3-5
7-3-0
Last 10 6-1-3
-4
Goals For / Against +/- +56
2.63 (22)
Goals Per Game 3.35 (2)
2.74 (13)
Goals Against Per Game 2.26 (3)
0.86 (25)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.37 (3)
24.0 (3)
Power Play %
24.2 (2)
81.3 (19)
Penalty Kill %
85.6 (4)
28.2 (27)
Shots Per Game 32.4 (7)
34.1 (29)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.6 (19) 
80.6 (6)
Winning % When Scoring First 80.6 (5)
93.8 (2)
Winning % When Leading After 1 92.3 (3) 
90.9 (12)
Winning % When Leading After 2 89.7 (15) 
47.9 (26)
Faceoffs % 55.4 (1)
15.0 (26)
PIM's Per Game Average
11.9 (12) 
NHL.com

Now here is another one of those teams that give the Canucks fits. If there is a tilt where the most unexpected happens, especially on the scoreboard, it's a Van-Ana game. The teams have each won 3 games in their last 6 meetings head-to-head. The scores? 7-2 Ducks, 3-2 Ducks, 4-1 Canucks, 5-4 Canucks (SO), 4-3 Ducks, 5-4 Canucks (SO). All over the place. No shortage of goals. Blown leads. Cursed Selanne. Nail-biting shootouts. Always physical. Always entertaining. Corey Perry is always a pest and annoying as a Subway commercial. And Ryan Getzlaf, who has 1 goal and 4 assists in the 2 games against the Canucks this season, makes his long-awaited return to the Ducks' lineup. He has been out with a messed up face since December 28. The Ducks sucked it up and went 10-4 in his absence. Well done, Quacks.

A look at the stats above shows the Ducks have a mediocre road record. Not in their last 5. They are 4-1. See their 5 on 5 rating? See the power play ranking/efficiency? There's your potential game story. The Canucks are not going to get away with taking a lot of penalties. Sure, our PK is solid but I don't care. The Ducks are deadly a man up and they have a tendency of feasting on us on the PP. I also am intrigued by both teams' rankings when scoring first and leading after 1 period.

 

LINKS

-The Ducks signed Ray Emery and then sent him to Syracuse on a conditioning stint. They also put Aaron Voros on waivers. (TSN)

-Ducks place Jonas Hiller (fatigue, lightheadedness) on the IR. This guy will be backing up Curtis McElhinney against the Canucks. (Ducks.com)

-Vigneault on Chris Tanev: "He’s been very dependable and making the high-percentage plays," said Alain Vigneault. "And he knows he’s going to have to take a hit to make a play, to make that good first pass, and he doesn’t shy away from that. Everything we’ve seen is telling us [that] with the right work and attitude he has a chance to play on a regular basis down the road." (The Province)

-Miss Germany 2011. Sorry, what?

-Keith Ballard is surprised by how flexible he is. (The Province)  I read somewhere that maybe we should call him Gumby.




PROJECTED STARTING GOALTENDERS


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Cory Schneider 15 826 9 2 31 2.25 418 387 .926 0



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Curtis McElhinney 15 674 4 5 31 2.76 367 336 .916 2




WHO'S HOT / COLD

 

CANUCKS

HOT

-Daniel Sedin: 1 goal and 10 assists in his last 9 games.

-Ryan Kesler: 8 goals and 3 assists in his last 9.

-Alexandre Burrows: 5 goals and 3 assists in his last 7.

-Mikael Samuelsson: 5 goals and 6 assists in his last 6. HOLY HELL!!

-Henrik Sedin: 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 2 games.

-Christian Ehrhoff: 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 4.

COLD

-Manny Malhotra: 0 points in his last 18 games.

-Raffi Torres: 1 assist in his last 12.

 

DUCKS

HOT

-Cam Fowler: 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 4 games.

-Saku Koivu: 5 assists in his last 4.

-Corey Perry: 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 4.

-Bobby Ryan: 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 4.

-Teemu Selanne: 1 goal and 4 assists in his last 4.

COLD

-Toni Lydman: 1 assist in his last 9 games.

 

NOTABLE INJURIES

CANUCKS

-D Alex Edler: back

-D Keith Ballard: knee

-F Aaron Volpatti: ribs, questionable

DUCKS

-Jonas Hiller (fatigue)

 

VIDEO

The last meeting: A Canucks Win!

The Classic: Canucks-Ducks 12 round shootout from Halloween 2008:

How Getzlaf injured his face late December:

Ryan Kesler vs Corey Perry:

Pronger stomps on Kesler's leg:

Suicidal Duck Family

One of my old creations:

kesler duck hunt Pictures, Images and Photos

GO CANUCKS!