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Preview: Ducks Host Canucks in Home Opener

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

The Ducks (1-3-1, 3 pts.) host their 2016-17 home opener tonight against the Vancouver Canucks (4-0-1, 9 pts.) at Honda Center (5 p.m. PDT, Prime Ticket/AM 830). Anaheim has gone 11-9-2 in all-time Honda Center openers, including earning points in five of the last six (9 pts., 4-1-1). The Ducks have hosted the Canucks in their home opener five times, more than any other opponent in franchise history. No other team has helped open Honda Center more than twice since 1993-94.

Anaheim's four previous home openers that featured Vancouver were held in 1995-96 (L, 5-1), 2010-11 (W, 4-3), 2013-14 (L, 5-0) and 2015-16 (SOL, 2-1). Tonight's game also represents the latest home opener in franchise history (excluding lockout-shortened seasons), besting the previous mark of Oct. 21, 1998 vs. Boston (W, 3-0).

Tonight's contest opens a five-game season series between the two clubs, with the Ducks owning a 42-37-18 all-time record against the Canucks and an 11-2-3 mark in the past 15 contests. In Anaheim, the Ducks are 19-16-13 vs. the Canucks.

Ryan Getzlaf paces active Ducks skaters in career scoring vs. Vancouver with 38 points (11g/27a) in 43 games. Vancouver, which makes another visit to Honda Center on March 5, will host Anaheim for three games this season on Dec. 1, Dec. 30 and March 28.

Anaheim is coming off a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. Chris Wagner, Corey Perry and Ryan Garbutt scored for Anaheim, which tallied three goals in a single game for the first time this season. John Gibson turned aside 20-of-22 shots for his first victory of the season.

The Canucks, meanwhile, lost for the first time in any fashion last night - a 4-3 shootout defeat to the LA Kings at Staples Center. Vancouver managed to erase a three-goal deficit with three unanswered tallies from Markus Granlund, Henrik Sedin and Alex Edler to give the Canucks points in all five games to begin the season.

Anaheim's October schedule includes nine regular-season games, tied for the fewest in an opening month in club history (also 1998-99). The Ducks' three home games in October also match 1998-99 as the team's fewest played in the first month of a season. Following tonight's game, the Ducks return to the road to face the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at SAP Center (7 p.m. PDT). The club's next home game will be held the following night on Wednesday, Oct. 26 against the Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m. PDT).

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