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Vancouver Canucks (9-8-7) vs. Anaheim Ducks (8-11-5)

Time 7:00 PM PT TV Sportsnet Pacific
H2H 1-0-0 Canucks Last Meeting 2-1 Canucks (SO) - October 12, 2015
The Enemy

Anaheim Calling

Scoring Leaders

VAN: Daniel Sedin (11-16-27)

DAL: Corey Perry (7-9-16)

Canucks Category Ducks
9-8-7 Season Record 8-11-5
25 Points 21
4th Division Position 5th
Lost 1 Streak Lost 2
2.83 Goals For Per Game 1.92
2.67 Goals Against Per Game 2.67
20.4 Power Play % 19.1
77.6 Penalty Kill % 87.1
30.9 Shots Per Game 29.6
29.5 Shots Against Per Game 29.7

CANUCKS NOTES

Last Game at a Glance

The Canucks nearly ended their losing streak of eight games to the Dallas Stars on Friday night, but the Stars managed to win it in the shootout for their ninth consecutive win over the Canucks.

Jamie Benn opened the scoring on the power play for the Stars late in the first period. Vancouver's penalty kill, which has been strong in recent years, has continued to struggle, and Friday night was no different. The Stars would take a 2-1 lead into the third off another power play goal, this time from Jason Spezza.

The Canucks tied things up in the third period when Henrik Sedin scored on the power play, but Vancouver came up empty in the shootout as Jamie Benn netted the game-winning goal.

Canucks Lineup Notes

Ben Hutton practiced on Sunday with the Canucks, but he won't play on Monday. Willie Desjardins said that Hutton, who has missed the past four games with a road trip, should be ready soon after Vancouver's road trip.

Jake Virtanen and Sven Baertschi continue to swap spots in the lineup, with Baertschi being the healthy scratch tonight.

The Canucks have another game tomorrow night against Los Angeles, so they might turn to Jacob Markstrom in order to have Miller ready to go against the Kings.

Penalty Kill is Killing the Canucks

Saying that the Canucks have struggled on the penalty kill as of late would be a massive understatement. Vancouver has given up at least one power-play goal in each of their last five games and have given up 13 power play goals in 44 chances (70.4% PK). Before that stretch, the Canucks had given up three power play goals in 32 chances (90.6% PK).

Willie Desjardins said he doesn't think there is anything wrong with it, but that it just needs to get a little "sharper."

Twin Power

A bright spot for the Canucks has been the continued success of Henrik and Daniel Sedin. The two brothers are both on seven game point streaks. Daniel has six goals and six assists during that stretch while Henrik has three goals and seven assists. The two have combined for 50 points so far in Vancouver's first 24 games.

Both Henrik and Daniel scored in Friday night's loss to the Stars.

DUCKS NOTES

Last Game at a Glance

On Friday, the Ducks lost their second straight game as they fell to the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime.

Anaheim jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Andrew Cogliano and Chris Stewart, but the Blackhawks scored twice in 74 seconds to force overtime and eventually win it in overtime.

At 18:19 of the third period, Marian Hossa scored a power play goal to bring the Blackhawks back to within one. Duncan Keith scored the tying goal at 19:33 before Artem Anisimov scored the game-winning goal 1:53 into the overtime period.

Ducks Lineup Notes

The Ducks recalled defenseman Nate Thompson, who was on a conditioning stint in the AHL. Thompson, who had offseason shoulder surgery, remains on injured reserve, but should be ready to go by the end of the week according to Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau.

Anaheim also recalled defenseman Shea Theodore from San Diego. In 19 AHL games this year, Theodore has two goals and nine assists.

Frederik Andersen practiced on Sunday after being out with the flu, but Boudreau said Andersen is still several days away from being good to go.

Offensive Struggles Continue

With prolific scorers like Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, offensive production isn't usually a cause for concern in Anaheim. That hasn't been the case lately, however. The Ducks are averaging just 2.33 goals per game in their last six games, going 2-3-1 in that stretch.

Key Players Heating Up

After the early season struggles of Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler, two of Anaheim's important players are finally turning it around. Getzlaf has 10 points in his last seven games while Kesler is currently on a three-game point streak. At the start of the season, Getzlaf had just five assists in his first 13 games while Kesler had just seven points in his first 21 games.