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Ducks look to continue winning ways vs. Canucks

by John Kreiser

CANUCKS (11-6-2) at DUCKS (14-3-1)


Last 10: Vancouver 6-3-1; Anaheim 7-2-1

Season series: The Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks are facing off for the first of five times this season. Anaheim won two of three meetings last season, with the road team winning all three. The teams have alternated wins and losses in their past 12 meetings.

Big story: The Canucks end a four-game, six-day trip through California and Arizona looking to bounce back after being routed 5-1 by the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. The Ducks have the NHL's only perfect home record (7-0-0) and are coming off an easy 6-2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.

Team Scope:

Canucks: Vancouver trailed 2-0 after one period in Los Angeles and got within a goal before a host of turnovers, giveaways and defensive problems proved to be too much. The Canucks allowed the Kings to score three goals in a span of 2:33 to turn a 2-1 game into a rout.

"We had surges in the first two periods," said coach John Tortorella, who gave the Sedin twins only two shifts in the third period. "We just couldn't score. [Kings goaltender Jonathan] Quick made some important saves at key times."

Ducks: So is there room for improvement by a team that yet to lose at home and has more victories than anyone in the League? Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau certainly thinks so.

"We can be a lot better,” Boudreau said Saturday. “We showed 14 clips this morning of us not doing the right things in our own zone."

The Ducks did few things wrong Friday against the Sabres. Ryan Getzlaf completed his first NHL hat trick before the first period was over, and Frederik Andersen had little trouble winning for the fifth time in as many NHL appearances.

"We wanted to come out in the first period and really attack them," Boudreau said. "We wanted to get a lead, knowing that they might not play as hard on the last game of a road trip, and that's exactly what we did. We had 22 shots in the first period, and I think we solidified the win."

Who's hot: Defenseman Dan Hamhuis had Vancouver's lone goal against the Kings and has scored in three of the Canucks' past four games. … Getzlaf has six goals and nine points in Anaheim's past four games, all victories.

Injury report: Vancouver is still without forwards Dale Weise (lower body), Jannik Hansen (upper body) and Jordan Schroeder (ankle surgery). … Anaheim is missing center Saku Koivu (head), forwards Jakob Silfverberg (broken hand) and Matt Beleskey (finger), defenseman Sheldon Souray (wrist) and goaltender Viktor Fasth (lower body).

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