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Anaheim can increase hold on third in Pacific; Vancouver goes for third win in four games

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

DUCKS (39-24-13) at CANUCKS (27-40-9)

10 p.m. ET; SNP, FS-W, NHL.TV

 

The Game 

The Anaheim Ducks can increase their hold on third place in the Pacific Division when they play the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Tuesday.

Anaheim, which is 5-0-1 in its past six games, is tied with the Los Angeles Kings in points, but holds the tiebreaker having played one fewer game. 

Anaheim forward Troy Terry will make his NHL debut one day after signing a three-year, entry-level contract. The 20-year-old had 48 points (14 goals, 34 assists) in 39 games at the University of Denver this season, and five assists in five games for the United States men's ice hockey team at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

Vancouver, which has been eliminated from playoff contention, has won two of its past three games after losing seven straight.

 

Players to watch

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf has six points (one goal, five assists) during a four-game point streak.

Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler has three goals and an assist in his past five games.

 

They said it

"It's important when you bring a young kid in that he's not here sitting around. We're in a situation where we could use his skill." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle on Troy Terry

"We just felt it's best for him to get in here, and I think he felt comfortable that way too, getting to know his teammates a little, getting a morning skate, get a practice (Wednesday) and play Thursday." -- Canucks coach Travis Green on why center Adam Gaudette, who signed a three-year, entry-level contract Monday after leading the NCAA with 60 points (30 goals, 30 assists) won't make his debut.

 

Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Ondrej Kase -- Adam Henrique -- Troy Terry

Nick Ritchie -- Derek Grant -- Jason Chimera

Cam Fowler -- Brandon Montour

Josh Manson -- Hampus Lindholm

Francois Beauchemin -- Marcus Pettersson

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Andy Welinski, J.T. Brown, Antoine Vermette, Chris Kelly

Injured: Patrick Eaves (lower body), Kevin Bieksa (hand)

 

Canucks projected lineup

Nikolay Goldobin -- Bo Horvat -- Jake Virtanen

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Sam Gagner

Darren Archibald -- Brandon Sutter - Tyler Motte

Reid Boucher -- Nic Dowd -- Jussi Jokinen

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher

Michael Del Zotto -- Derrick Pouliot

Ashton Sautner -- Alex Biega

Jacob Markstrom

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: None

Injured: Christopher Tanev (knee), Brock Boeser (back), Loui Eriksson (rib), Markus Granlund (ankle), Erik Gudbranson (shoulder), Ben Hutton (foot), Sven Baertschi (shoulder), Brendan Gaunce (foot), Brendan Leipsic (neck)

 

Status report

Gibson is expected to make his eighth straight start. … Green said Tanev, who was injured against the St. Louis Blues on Friday, will miss the remainder of the regular season.

 

Stat pack

Gibson is 11-2-1 with three shutouts and a .936 save percentage in his past 14 games. ... The Ducks are 12-4-2 in their past 18 games and a win would set a team record with five consecutive 40-win seasons. They won at least 40 games for four consecutive seasons from 2005-09. … Gagner has one goal and three assists in his past five games. 

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