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Miller to start for Anaheim against former team; Edler returns to lineup for Vancouver

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

CANUCKS (8-5-2) at DUCKS (6-6-3)

10 p.m. ET; PRIME, SNP, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Ryan Miller will start against his former team when the Anaheim Ducks host the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center on Thursday.

Miller, who spent the past three seasons with the Canucks, signed a two-year contract with the Ducks on July 1. He made nine saves on 10 shots replacing John Gibson (upper body) in the third period of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

Defenseman Alexander Edler will return to the lineup for the Canucks after missing the past 12 games with a knee injury. The 12-year veteran will replace Christopher Tanev, who will miss the final three games of the road trip with an upper-body injury. 

Vancouver has won four straight on the road and is 5-1-0 away from Rogers Arena. The Ducks are 0-2-2 in their past four games and haven't lost five in a row since Oct. 22-29, 2015.

 

Players to watch

Vancouver forward Brock Boeser has eight points (three goals, five assists) in the past five games.

Miller will make his third start of the season for Anaheim. He's 1-0-2 with a 2.13 goals-against average and .946 save percentage.

 

They said it

"I've pushed it as far as I can in practice, it's time to play." -- Vancouver defenseman Alexander Edler on his return

"There are a lot of guys on that team who I consider guys I went to battle with and guys I really liked to be around." -- Ducks goalie Ryan Miller on facing the Canucks

 

Canucks projected lineup

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Brock Boeser

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Jake Virtanen

Brendan Gaunce -- Brandon Sutter -- Derek Dorsett

Thomas Vanek -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Sam Gagner

Ben Hutton -- Alexander Edler

Derrick Pouliot -- Erik Gudbranson

Michael Del Zotto -- Alex Biega

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Reid Boucher, Patrick Wiercioch, Anders Nilsson

Injured: Markus Granlund (upper body), Loui Eriksson (knee), Troy Stecher (knee), Christopher Tanev (upper body)

 

Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Kalle Kossila -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Derek Grant -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Antoine Vermette -- Chris Wagner

Logan Shaw -- Dennis Rasmussen -- Kevin Roy

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Francois Beauchemin -- Brandon Montour

Kevin Bieksa -- Sami Vatanen

Ryan Miller

Reto Berra

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Jaycob Megna

Injured: Ryan Getzlaf (face), Cam Fowler (knee), Patrick Eaves (illness), Ryan Kesler (hip surgery), Jared Boll (lower body), Ondrej Kase (upper body), John Gibson (upper body)

 

Status report

Granlund is a game-time decision after missing a 5-3 victory against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. ... Roy was recalled from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Wednesday and will make his NHL debut. He was leading San Diego with 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 10 games.

 

Stat pack

Dorsett has seven goals in 15 games, one more than he had in 85 games during the past two seasons. … Grant has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past nine games after he had no goals and seven assists in his first 92 NHL games.

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