Mighty Ducks-Canucks Preview
GAME: Anaheim Mighty Ducks (18-24-8-7) at Vancouver Canucks (31-17-7-3).
TIME: Saturday, 10 p.m. EST.
If the Vancouver Canucks want the top seed in the Western Conference
playoffs, they have a funny way of showing it.
The Canucks will try to put and end to their two-game slide at home and
continue their pursuit of West-leading Colorado when they take on the Anaheim
Currently fourth overall in the conference despite having the third-most
points, the Canucks are just 1-3-0-1 in February following a five-game winning
streak from Jan. 21-31.
Vancouver trails Colorado by four points in the Northwest Division race with
24 games to play. The Canucks had a chance to cut the deficit in half Friday,
but instead were beaten 4-1 by Atlanta, which had been winless in its previous
10 games (0-8-2).
The Canucks tied a franchise record by allowing just one shot on goal in the
first period and managed 13 of their own, but did not score.
Daniel Sedin scored for the Canucks.
Matt Cooke returned to the Vancouver lineup after missing more than a month
with a knee injury and had a minus-2 rating with two shots in a little more
than 12 minutes.
The Mighty Ducks had their modest two-game winning streak snapped with
Friday's 2-1 loss to Calgary. Steve Rucchin scored for the Ducks, who have just
one win in their last nine road games (1-7-0-1).
"This hurts because we need all the points we can get. It's desperation
time," Ducks center Andy McDonald said.
Anaheim is 13th in the conference, 11 points out of a playoff spot with 25
Peter Schastlivy, acquired Feb. 4 from Ottawa, made his Anaheim debut
Friday, finishing with an even rating and two shots on goal.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, last season's Conn Smythe Trophy winner, made his
second straight start in goal following a 17-day stretch in which he played
just 47 minutes.