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Canucks hope to get back on track against Ducks

by Brian Compton
DUCKS (34-30-8) at CANUCKS (44-25-4)

Last 10: Anaheim 4-5-1; Vancouver 5-3-2.

Season Series: This is the third of four meetings between the teams. Anaheim has won both thus far, outscoring Vancouver 10-4 along the way.

Big Story: After nearly reaching the Western Conference finals last season, the Ducks appear to be on the verge of missing out on the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Anaheim enters Wednesday's action nine points out of a playoff spot with only 10 games remaining in the regular season.

Team Scope:

Ducks: Anaheim saw its four-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night with a 3-1 loss at Calgary. Scott Niedermayer scored the lone goal for the Ducks, who went the entire game without receiving a power play.

"We're obviously pretty disappointed," Niedermayer said. "We know the position we're in each night. Those two points are what we need each night. You've got to give the Flames credit. They played a pretty good defensive game and made it tough for us to get chances, but I think we could have done more to create more chances and go to the net a bit more."

Canucks: Vancouver has hit a bump in the road, as it dropped to 1-2-1 in its last four games with Tuesday's 3-2 loss at Edmonton. Despite a tremendous amount of firepower up front, the Canucks haven't scored more than three goals in any of these games.

On Tuesday, though, captain Roberto Luongo struggled. While he only allowed three pucks to get past him, two of them were questionable.

"I made some good saves, but unfortunately I should have had all three of their goals," he said. "I've got to find some consistency in my game. It was a bad game every 12 games or so, but now it is every two or three games. I have to get my swagger back."

Who's Hot: Niedermayer has a goal and three assists in his last three games for Anaheim. … Canucks forward Daniel Sedin scored his 21st goal of the season and 200th of his NHL career on Tuesday night. He has points in all but one game this month.

Injury Report: Ducks forward Joffrey Lupul (back) is unlikely to return this season. … Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder), Steve Bernier (sports hernia), Willie Mitchell (concussion) and Alexandre Bolduc (shoulder) are out for the Canucks.

Stat Pack: Jonas Hiller has started 18 consecutive games and 29 of the past 30 contests for the Ducks. … Vancouver has lost two in a row after going 7-2-1 in its previous 10 games.

Puck Drop: "The one thing about Roberto is that he takes responsibility for his performance. All three goals tonight I am sure he would like to have back. That said, we had plenty of Grade-A chances to tie it up and we didn't.

"Right now he is fighting with a bit of a consistency issue. Some athletes will go through that in their career." -- Canucks coach Alain Vigneault on Roberto Luongo
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