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Canucks return from break, visit Ducks

by Curtis Zupke / NHL.com

CANUCKS (20-11-2) at DUCKS (23-8-6)

TV: TVA SPORTS, CITY, PRIME

The Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks were not expected to skate before they played at Honda Center on Sunday.

Anaheim remains without forward Corey Perry, who missed his ninth-straight game Saturday because of a sprained knee. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters that he is not expected to play. Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin did return from a broken finger, which gave them their regular defense for the first time since the beginning of the season.

The Ducks lost 2-1 in a shootout to the Arizona Coyotes and are 17-0-6 in one-goal games.

Boudreau told reporters Saturday that he wouldn’t shy from starting goalie Frederik Andersen again on the back-to-back set. Andersen is 4-0-1 with a 1.36 goals-against average in his career against the Canucks.

Vancouver was one of four teams that did not play Saturday and has been off since Monday, when it defeated Arizona, 7-1. Alexandre Burrows scored two goals and 14 players recorded points.

It is not known if Canucks forward Zack Kassian will play. Kassian is recovering from a finger injury.

This is Anaheim center Ryan Kesler’s third game against his former team. The Ducks are 7-0-1 in the past eight games against Vancouver.

Here are the expected lineups:

CANUCKS

Daniel SedinHenrik SedinRadim Vrbata

Chris HigginsNick BoninoLinden Vey

Tom SestitoBrad RichardsonShawn Matthias

Alexandre BurrowsBo HorvatDerek Dorsett

Alexander EdlerChristopher Tanev

Ryan StantonKevin Bieksa

Luca SbisaYannick Weber

Ryan Miller

Eddie Lack

Injured: Dan Hamhuis (leg), Zack Kassian (finger)

Scratched: Jannik Hansen, Bobby Sanguinetti

DUCKS

Rene BourqueRyan GetzlafDevante Smith-Pelly

Matt BeleskeyRyan KeslerEmerson Etem

Patrick MaroonRickard RakellJakob Silfverberg

Andrew CoglianoNate ThompsonDany Heatley

Cam FowlerBen Lovejoy

Hampus LindholmFrancois Beauchemin

Clayton StonerSami Vatanen

Frederik Andersen

Ilya Bryzgalov

Injured: Corey Perry (knee), Kyle Palmieri (shoulder), Tim Jackman (upper body), Eric Brewer (foot)

Scratched: Mark Fistric, Colby Robak

Status report: Boudreau mixed up lines Saturday and it is not clear if he will keep them. Cogliano was dropped to the fourth line. This would be Miller’s first game against Anaheim as a Canuck.

Who’s hot: Miller has stopped 64 of 67 shots his past two starts. Daniel Sedin has four points in two games. Getzlaf is on a seven-game point streak.

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