|Time||Wed. 7:00 PM PST
||TV||Sportsnet Pac, FS-W
|Season Series|| 1-1
||5-4 Canucks (Dec. 8/10)|
|The Enemy||Anaheim Calling, Battle Of California||Scoring Leaders||
: 28-41-69 Perry: 28-28-56|
||< Road Record / Home Record >
||Goals For / Against +/-||+56
||Goals Per Game||3.35 (2)
||Goals Against Per Game||2.26 (3)
||5 On 5 GF/GA||1.37 (3)
||Power Play %
||Penalty Kill %
||Shots Per Game||32.4 (7)
||Shots Against Per Game||30.6 (19)
||Winning % When Scoring First||80.6 (5)
||Winning % When Leading After 1||92.3 (3)
||Winning % When Leading After 2||89.7 (15)
||Faceoffs %||55.4 (1)
||PIM's Per Game Average
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.
-The Ducks signed Ray Emery and then sent him to Syracuse on a conditioning stint. They also put Aaron Voros on waivers. (TSN)
-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.
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: