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Preview: Homestand Continues Tonight Against Surging Canucks

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks (8-6-0, 16 points) will look to keep their hot start at home alive as they take on the Vancouver Canucks (8-3-1, 17 points) tonight at Honda Center. (7 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830). With a 5-1-0 home record, the Ducks have gotten off to the second-best start at Honda Center in franchise history, second only to their 6-0 start in 2013-14. They've also scored their most goals through the first 14 games (39) over the last six seasons.

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Their opponent tonight comes in with a two-game winning streak and an impressive 8-1-1 mark over its past 10. The Canucks have gone 8-3-1 this season and finished the month of October with 45 goals (not including shootout) - the third-best October for goal scoring in franchise history. They've recorded five-plus goals in four straight games, including a 5-3 victory on Oct. 30 against the LA Kings. Brock Boeser scored a hat trick in the win (his third career three-goal game) and finished with four points, while Elias Pettersson matched him with a four-point effort (1g/3a).

Pettersson paces the club with 18 points this season (4g/14a), and became the second-fastest player in franchise history to reach 80 points with a three-assist performance on Oct. 28 vs. Florida. Only Pavel Bure required fewer games to reach the same mark (80 GP).

This is the opener of a four-game season series between the Ducks and Canucks, which has seen Anaheim post an all-time mark of 51-40-19. The Ducks have also found tremendous success as of late, going 20-5-4 in the past 29 matchups. Ryan Getzlaf, two games shy of 1,000 in his NHL career, ranks third among active NHL skaters in scoring vs. Vancouver with 49 points (14g/35a) in 52 games. Getzlaf has 11 points (3g/8a) with a +4 rating in his last nine against the Canucks dating to Oct. 23, 2016.

As part of the celebration of Día de los Muertos tonight, the Ducks will stream a Spanish-only radio broadcast of the game. The broadcast will be available on AnaheimDucks.com and the Ducks screen of the NHL mobile app for iOS and Android. Veteran broadcasters Erwin Higueros (play-by-play) and Jesús Zárate (analyst) will provide the call.

Also as part of the Día de los Muertos celebration, the following will be featured around Honda Center:

  • Decoration station near the Wild Wing statue for fans and students from McFadden Intermediate in Santa Ana to decorate Wild Wing masks
  • A special Día de los Muertos themed warmup puck
  • Limited edition Ducks/Día de los Muertos merchandise in the Ducks Team Store
  • A display in the Team Store of painted Wild Wing masks decorated by students from McFadden Intermediate school in Santa Ana
  • A face-painting station
  • An ofrenda displayed at the Team Store made in partnership with the Mexican Consulate of Santa Ana

Other Día de los Muertos activations will be featured throughout the night.

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