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Preview: Homestand Continues Tonight Against Surging Canucks

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

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.


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 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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