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Preview: Canucks at Ducks

Anaheim hopes Shea Theodore can shore up power play, Vancouver enters 4-0-1

by Abbey Mastracco / Correspondent

CANUCKS (4-0-1) at DUCKS (1-3-1)

8 p.m. ET; SN, PRIME, NHL.TV

Canucks team scope

The Vancouver Canucks were dealt their first loss of their season Saturday in Los Angeles, 4-3 against the Los Angeles Kings in a shootout. The Canucks are 4-0-1 coming into Anaheim and have played four overtime games. Vancouver is outscoring opponents 6-1 in the third period. Against Los Angeles, Alexander Edler's power-play goal tied the game with 34.4 seconds left in regulation. "I'm pleased to get a point, that's a tough team and they are a hard team to play against," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said. "They battle hard and we didn't create a lot the first two. Our guys stayed with it and capitalized late on the power play, and it's better to get one point than to get nothing." Playing the second game of a back-to-back, the Canucks did not skate on Sunday morning. Goaltender Ryan Miller is expected to start.

Ducks team scope

The Anaheim Ducks have struggled on the power play, having converted twice in 18 attempts. Defenseman Shea Theodore has been recalled from San Diego of the American Hockey League in an effort to spark the power play. "We know Shea Theodore has that ability, offensive instincts and whatnot to run a power play," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said at practice on Saturday. "Right now, he gives us that option of not taxing Cam [Fowler] and Sami Vatanen." Theodore had hoped to break camp with the Ducks but instead was sent back to San Diego when 19-year-old defenseman Jacob Larsson remained with Anaheim. But Larsson, who came to Anaheim after two seasons with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League, was sent down to the AHL in order to help him better acclimate to the speed of the game in North America and the smaller ice surface. Center Michael Sgarbossa is expected to play in his second NHL game Sunday in Anaheim's home opener. "We just want to distribute some of the minutes and we have some youth down there we feel is very close," Carlyle said, "and their talents match what we're missing right now, more on the offensive side of it." Goaltender John Gibson is expected to start. The Ducks held an optional morning skate on Sunday.

Canucks projected lineup

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Sven Baertschi

Markus Granlund - Brandon Sutter - Jannik Hansen  

Loui Eriksson - Bo Horvat - Jake Virtanen  

Alexandre Burrows - Brendan Gaunce - Derek Dorsett

Alexander Edler - Christopher Tanev

Ben Hutton - Erik Gudbranson  

Luca Sbisa - Philip Larsen

Ryan Miller

Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Jack Skille, Alex Biega, Nikita Tryamkin

Injured: Anton Rodin (knee), Tom Nilsson (undisclosed)

Ducks projected lineup

Nick Ritchie - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry  

Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Ryan Garbutt - Antoine Vermette - Chris Wagner

Emerson Etem - Michael Sgarbossa - Jared Boll

Cam Fowler - Josh Manson

Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen

Shea Theodore - Kevin Bieksa

John Gibson

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Joseph Cramarossa

Injured: Simon Despres (concussion symptoms), Nate Thompson (achilles)

Status Report

Anaheim recalled Theodore, Sgarbossa and center Joseph Cramarossa from San Diego of the AHL on Saturday. Larsson and forwards Mason Raymond and Nick Sorensen were assigned to San Diego. … The Canucks are expected to use the same lineup as Saturday.

Who's Hot

Sutter has a goal and four assists over five games … Getzlaf has a goal and five assists over five games. … Daniel Sedin has two goals and two assists. … Henrik Sedin has two goals and two assists. … Fowler has a power-play goal and has assisted on another.

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