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Preview: Ducks Hit the Road for Daytime Hockey in Vancouver

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

The Ducks have traveled north of the border, where today they open a two-game road trip in Vancouver. (2 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830). They'll face the Canucks this afternoon at Rogers Arena, and are hoping for a far better result than what transpired this past Thursday.

A hard practice on Friday was a message sent that a 6-0 defeat won't sit well at any point in the season. Despite the loss, the Ducks have earned points in five of their last six games (3-1-2), have gone 4-2-2 in their last eight and 6-3-2 in their last 11 overall. The Ducks have also been strong on the road, as they enter today's contest riding a five-game point streak away from home (3-0-2).

The Canucks sit atop the Pacific Division with 69 points (32-21-5 record), one point ahead of Edmonton, who won last night. Vancouver has been dynamite at Rogers Arena this season, posting a 19-6-3 record, which included a nine-game home winning streak from Dec. 19, 2019-Jan. 27, 2020. Only once before have the Canucks posted a longer home winning streak - 11 games from Feb. 3-March 19, 2009.

Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller co-lead the Canucks in scoring with 57 points apiece. Pettersson scored his 50th career goal on Feb. 2 at Carolina, becoming just the seventh Swedish-born player in NHL history to reach 50 career regular-season goals in 124 games or less. In his first season with Vancouver, Miller has set single-season career highs in assists (35) and points (57), and enters today's game with a career-tying 22 goals.

The Ducks are 52-40-19 all-time vs. the Canucks, and have gone 21-5-4 in the last 30. These clubs first met on Nov. 1 at Honda Center, a 2-1 overtime victory for Anaheim. Playing in his 999th career NHL game, Ryan Getzlaf scored the game winner at the 2:30 mark of OT to give the Ducks their first victory in extra time this season. These teams will continue to alternate home-and-home games for the remainder of the season series, with dates scheduled for Friday, March 20 at Honda Center (7 p.m. PT) and Saturday, March 28 at Rogers Arena (7 p.m. PT).

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