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Game Day Preview: Canucks vs. Anaheim

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After beating Minnesota in an entertaining game on Tuesday, Vancouver is back at it tonight against a division rival.

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Vancouver Canucks
At least we’ll always have Jensen. Er, Etem. D’oh!
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Vancouver’s offence carried them to the win on Tuesday. Tonight I’d wager they have to rely more on their patchwork D against Anaheim. John Gibson is just coming off winning a goaltending duel with Carey Price in the Ducks 2-1 victory over the league leading Montreal Canadiens. Nikita Tryamkin and Ben Hutton looked great against Minnesota. Here’s hoping they can carry it over to tonight and into the rest of December.

Anaheim Ducks Vancouver
GP 23 23
Record 11-8-4 10-11-2
ROW 11 8
Streak Won 2 Won 2
GF 59 54
GA 55 70
PP% 22.37 14.92
PK% 82.72 85.71
PDO 100.7 97.8

Ryan Miller get the start tonight.

The Opposition:

Anaheim is riding a two-game winning streak. They beat Montreal in their last game and the division leading San Jose Sharks in the previous game. Rickard Rakell has 13 points in 14 games since re-signing with Anaheim after a brief hold out.

Which is worth at least this observation. Mike Gillis’ drafting is the gift that keeps on giving.

Game Day Battle Hymn.

I won’t pretend to know any metal. But one of my favorite acts, Hackney Colliery Band has a newish single called Jump Then Run from their third album, Sharpener. Enjoy