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Preview: Canucks at Ducks

Goalie Richard Bachman starts for Vancouver; Anaheim tries for back-to-back wins

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

CANUCKS (27-30-7) at DUCKS (33-21-10)

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

 

Canucks team scope

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Richard Bachman will make his first NHL start since earning a 4-3 road win for Vancouver against the Arizona Coyotes on Oct. 30, 2015. Bachman was recalled Feb. 28 from Utica of the American Hockey League, where he was 12-11-0 with a .909 save percentage, when Jacob Markstrom was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. Ryan Miller started in a 4-3 win at the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday and coach Willie Desjardins opted not to play him in the second of back-to-back games. "We don't want to risk anything with [Miller], and I've got lots of confidence with Bachman anyway," Desjardins said. Forward Sven Baertschi scored two goals against the Kings, his second game since missing 10 games with an upper-body injury. Bo Horvat and Loui Eriksson have combined for a goal and five assists while playing on a line with Baertschi the past two games. "That line's a good line," Desjardins said. "They've got some good pieces to it. Bo plays hard, Loui's starting to pick up his game. He's starting to play better, and I think Baertschi's played good since he's come back." The Canucks are seven points behind the Kings for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. "We know we can play a little better," Desjardins said. "I think our team has good parts right now. I don't think we've played as well as we can play. I think we've got more."

 

Ducks team scope

The Anaheim Ducks have alternated wins and losses during their past 10 games and will try to win back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 17-19. They are third in the Pacific Division, seven points behind the division-leading San Jose Sharks and two points behind the second-place Edmonton Oilers, after a 5-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday. The Ducks are 2-0-1 against Vancouver this season but are taking nothing for granted. "They have a staple of players that are going to compete," coach Randy Carlyle said. "They've got a proud group. You respect the opposition, but we need to make sure we're ready to play the proper way." Center Ryan Kesler, who spent his first 10 NHL seasons with Vancouver, said the Ducks need to be prepared for a challenging game. "[Vancouver players] are vying for jobs next year, but we have to worry about ourselves," he said. "We need to play a heavy game with a defense-first mentality." Goalie Jonathan Bernier is expected to start his fifth consecutive game in place of John Gibson, who remains out with a muscle strain. Bernier is 2-2-0 in four starts since taking over for Gibson. He has faced the Canucks four times in his career, allowing nine goals on 143 shots for a .937 save percentage.

 

Canucks projected lineup

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Markus Granlund

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Loui Eriksson

Brendan Gaunce -- Brandon Sutter -- Jayson Megna

Joseph Cramarossa -- Michael Chaput -- Nikolay Goldobin

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher

Luca Sbisa -- Christopher Tanev

Ben Hutton -- Alex Biega

Richard Bachman

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Reid Boucher, Philip Larsen

Injured: Jacob Markstrom (knee), Nikita Tryamkin (illness), Jack Skille (undisclosed), Erik Gudbranson (wrist), Anton Rodin (knee)

 

Ducks projected lineup

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Patrick Eaves -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Ondrej Kase

Nick Ritchie -- Rickard Rakell -- Corey Perry

Logan Shaw - Nate Thompson -- Chris Wagner

Cam Fowler -- Kevin Bieksa

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Sami Vatanen -- Brandon Montour

Jonathan Bernier

Jhonas Enroth

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Jared Boll

Injured: John Gibson (muscle strain), Simon Despres (upper body), Clayton Stoner (lower body)

 

Status report

Perry, who has scored at least 27 goals in eight of the past nine seasons, committed three minor penalties against the Maple Leafs on Friday and played 11:59, his lowest on-ice time in a game where he wasn't injured or ejected since December 2007. Carlyle told the Los Angeles Times after practice Saturday that Perry, who has 11 goals this season, would be disciplined. "What action? That's my decision," Carlyle said.

 

Who's hot

Horvat has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the past nine games, including two assists in the win at Los Angeles. ... Getzlaf has nine points (three goals, six assists) in the past eight games.

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