By Kyle Shohara
The Ducks will be enjoying plenty of home-cooked meals over the next three weeks, as tonight they begin a season-high eight-game homestand. First up: the Vancouver Canucks.
Tonight marks the third game of a five-game season series between these division rivals, with the Ducks owning a 1-0-1 record thus far. The Ducks have earned standings points in eight straight games over the Canucks (7-0-1, 15 pts.), including a five-game season sweep in 2013-14, and are 9-1-2 in the last 12 games. Overall, Anaheim has posted a 38-35-16 record in 89 all-time games vs. Vancouver. The Ducks are 17-15-12 against the Canucks at Honda Center and have won four of the last five games (4-0-1).
The Ducks earned a 4-3 shootout victory on Nov. 20 at Rogers Arena, in Ryan Kesler’s first game in Vancouver since being traded to Anaheim last summer. Kesler played 10 NHL seasons with the Canucks, earning 393 points (182g/211a) with a +25 rating and 594 penalty minutes in 655 career games from 2003-14. Kesler helped lead Vancouver to Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, won the 2011 Frank J. Selke Trophy and was an NHL All-Star in 2011. These two teams will conclude the season series with a pair of games at Vancouver on Tuesday, Jan. 27 and Monday, March 9.
Someone to keep an eye on tonight is Ryan Getzlaf. With an assist last night, the Ducks captain extended his season-long point streak to seven games (4g/7a) and now has 21 points (6g/15a) in his last 13. Getzlaf also leads active Ducks in all-time scoring vs. the Canucks, collecting 33 points (10g/23a) in 35 career games.
It remains to be seen whether injured forwards Corey Perry, Kyle Palmieri and Tim Jackman play tonight. Perry and Palmieri skated on their own yesterday in Anaheim, but Jackman is considered day to day with an upper-body injury. Perry has missed the past nine games and Palmieri has been out for the past four. Jackman was injured during Anaheim’s home victory vs. San Jose on Monday and did not play last night.
Defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who missed 13 games due to a fractured finger, returned to the lineup last night and recorded three shots on goal, two hits and one blocked shot in 22:45 TOI. Barring a setback, expect him to be paired with his usual d-partner Hampus Lindholm tonight.
Because of the typical Sunday home start time (5 p.m. PT), Anaheim’s starting goaltender remains undetermined. Frederik Andersen, who stopped 28 of 29 last night in Arizona, holds a 19-5-5 record with a 2.34 goals-against average and .916 save percentage thus far. The 25-year-old netminder played in both games against Vancouver this season, posting a 1.85 GAA in 129:42.
His backup, Ilya Bryzgalov, is 0-1-1 with 6.40 GAA and .789 SV% in two appearances.
STREAK CONTINUESMILESTONES WITHIN REACH
With St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester missing what would have been his 738th consecutive NHL game on Nov. 23 at Winnipeg, Andrew Cogliano became the NHL's active Ironman leader on Nov. 23 vs. Arizona. Now at 577 straight games, Cogliano has not missed a game since his NHL debut with Edmonton on Oct. 4, 2007. Only two players have played more consecutive games to start their careers, including Doug Jarvis (the NHL's all-time Ironman overall with 964 consecutive games from 1975-88) and Andy Hebenton (second with 630 consecutive games from 1955-64). Bill Harris played 576 consecutive games to start his career from 1972-80.
Matt Beleskey - 1 point to 100 NHL points
Emerson Etem - 8 appearances to 100 NHL games
Ryan Getzlaf - 5 goals to 200 NHL goals
Dany Heatley - 9 points to 800 NHL points
Ryan Kesler - 8 appearances to 700 NHL games; 6 goals to 200 NHL goals
Nate Thompson - 8 points to 100 NHL points
Sami Vatanen - 7 appearances to 100 NHL games