A four-game road trip ends tonight as the Ducks face the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. (7 p.m. PT, TV: FOX Sports West, Radio: AM 830). With it being Trade Deadline Day, Executive Vice President/General Manager & Interim Head Coach Bob Murray has made several changes to the Ducks' roster.
Most notably, Murray yesterday traded defenseman Brandon Montour to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenseman Brendan Guhle and a first-round selection in the 2019 NHL Draft. The draft pick will come from either San Jose or St. Louis (both owned by Buffalo) based on the final order of selection in the 2019 NHL Draft. Guhle, 21, has collected five assists/points in 23 career NHL games with Buffalo. The 6-2, 196-pound defenseman has played the majority of the season with Rochester of the American Hockey League, earning 27 points (5g/22a) in 50 games as an AHL All-Star. At the 2019 AHL Skills Competition, Guhle posted the sixth-fastest time in the fastest skater competition in event history.
At this time, it's uncertain if Guhle makes his Ducks debut tonight in Vancouver, but when he does, he'll wear No. 2. "Guhle is an excellent skater who is ready to take the next step in his career," said Murray. "Adding Guhle and a first-round pick is an important step as we retool our team moving forward. We also thank Brandon Montour for his efforts and wish him the best of luck in Buffalo."
Tonight's matchup with Vancouver is the third installment of a four-game season series, which so far has seen Anaheim win the first two (4-3 on Nov. 21 and 1-0 on Feb. 13 - both at Honda Center). The Ducks are 50-39-19 all-time vs. the Canucks, including a 19-4-4 mark in the last 27 contests. At Rogers Arena, the Ducks have gone 26-22-6 all-time along with points in 16 of their last 18 dating to Dec. 8, 2010 (12-2-4).
The Canucks enter the game with a 26-28-8 record (60 points), three points ahead of the Ducks in the standings. They've gone 2-6-2 over their last 10, including a 4-0 loss against the New York Islanders on Saturday. Pacing the club in scoring is Elias Pettersson, who leads his team (and all NHL rookies) in goals (26), assists (28), points (54), power-play goals (8), power-play points (15), game-winning goals (7) and points per game (1.06). With his 50th point of the season Feb. 9 vs, Calgary, Pettersson became the 11th Canuck to score 50 or more points in their rookie season. Only Pavel Bure and Ivan Hlinka (both with 60 points) had more in a rookie season.