Vancouver Canucks (1-0-1) at Anaheim Ducks (0-1-0)
|Time||7:00 PM PT||TV||Sportsnet Vancouver|
|H2H (2014/15)||3-1-1 Ducks||Last Meeting||2-1 Canucks - March 9|
|The Enemy||Anaheim Calling||Scoring Leaders||
VAN: Daniel Sedin (1-2-3)
ANA: Ryan Getzlef (25-45-70 in 2014/15)
|Lost 1||Streak||Lost 1|
|7 (T-9th)||Goals For||0 (30th)|
|4 (T-10th)||Goals Against||1 (T-1st)|
|14.3||Power Play %||0.0|
|75||Penalty Kill %||100|
|37||Shots Per Game||38|
|34||Shots Against Per Game||44|
It's always a big game when the Canucks take on the Anaheim Ducks. It's an even bigger game when the Ducks now have two former Canucks who spent their entire careers in Vancouver before heading for sunshine and palm trees. For the first time, Kevin Bieksa will suit up against the team he spent the last decade with. Of course, there's also Ryan Kesler, now in his second season with the Ducks.
Vancouver will look to bounce back from a 3-2 overtime loss to the Flames on Saturday night, a far different outcome than their 5-1 win over Calgary to open the season last Wednesday.
The Canucks didn't hint at their starting lineup for tonight's game, but it does look as if Ryan Miller will get the start in net. Miller has a GAA of 4.12 with an 0-2-1 record in his last three starts against the Ducks. On the road in Anaheim, Miller has a 2.88 GAA in five career games at the Honda Center. The Canucks gave Miller the day off on Sunday, so he should be feeling well rested for tonight. Backup goalie Jacob Markstrom still appears to be a few weeks away from being ready to come back from his hamstring injury, so it could be a heavy workload for Miller to start the season. Willie Desjardins did say that Markstrom is progressing quicker than they had expected.
Alex Edler's status is questionable for the game as he's out with the flu. Edler was a late scratch for Saturday's game against Calgary, but he's traveling with the team to southern California so we could see him back in the lineup.
There were no line rush drills at practice on Sunday for the Canucks, so there's no hint at the lineups and if rookie Jake Virtanen will make his highly anticipated debut either tonight versus the Ducks or tomorrow when the Canucks take on the Kings.
Anaheim is coming off a 2-0 loss in their season opener on Saturday night against the Sharks. Frederik Andersen stopped 42 shots, but wasn't able to get any offensive support as the Ducks fell to the Sharks for the eight straight time at SAP Center. The Sharks outshot Anaheim 17-3 in the third period, never allowing the Ducks a chance to get back in the game.
Last season, the Ducks went 3-1-1 in the season series against Vancouver. The last matchup between the two sides was back on March 9 last season with the Canucks coming out on top 2-1. Vancouver had previously lost nine of their past 10 matchups with the Ducks.
Of course, this is the first time Kevin Bieksa will take the ice against his former team. Bieksa appeared in 597 regular season and 71 playoff games over the span of a decade with the Canucks, dating back to the 2005-06 season. Bieksa joins another former Canuck in Ryan Kesler. Last season, Kelser played in all five games against his old team, racking up a pair of assists.
All-time, the Ducks have a 40-36-16 record against the Canucks. Anaheim is 12-8-0 all-time in home openers, winning their last two.