For the Canucks...
F Ryan Kesler (shoulder/wrist surgery) and F David Booth (strained groin) are out.
For the Ducks...
10 – Wins for the Canucks last season when appearing on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada (10-3-2).
10 – Points needed for Henrik Sedin (747) to surpass Markus Naslund (756) as the franchise's leading point scorer.
22nd – And perhaps final season for the Finnish Flash, Teemu Selanne. The highest-scoring Finn in NHL history has 1,406 career points.
80th – All-time meeting between the Canucks and Ducks. Vancouver leads the all-time series 40-28-11.
407 – Straight sellouts for Canucks hockey at Rogers Arena entering tonight's game. The streak dates back November 14, 2002 and includes 361 regular season games and 46 playoff games.
- Be ready for Saturday, #Canucks fans. It's about to get real. #DJout
- Last time Canucks opened season against Ducks was 1997 in Tokyo. New Captain Mark Messier scored in the 3-2 win. #GoodTimes
- What if all this time, @strombone1 was really Cory Schneider trolling Roberto Luongo?
The 2012.13 schedule might seem eerily similar to the 1994.95 schedule but one thing the Canucks won't want to repeat is their start from the last time there was a 48-game lockout-shortened campaign. The 1995 Canucks stumbled out of the gate that year winning just one of their first eight games (1-4-3) and two of their first 12 overall (2-5-5).
The good news for that Canuck team, that was coming off a Stanley Cup run the previous spring, was they managed to pull it together in the latter half of the shortened season to finish with a 18-18-12 record – good enough for second place in the Pacific Division and a sixth place finish overall in the Western Conference.