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Vancouver eyes ninth victory in 11 games; Anaheim seeks sixth home win of season

by Dan Arritt / Independent Correspondent

CANUCKS (8-3-1) at DUCKS (8-6-0)

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


The Game

The Vancouver Canucks will go for their ninth win in 11 games when they visit the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Friday.

The Canucks have won two straight, are 8-1-1 in their past 10 games and have outscored opponents 42-21 in that stretch. They seek their fourth consecutive road victory and their plus-17 goal differential is the best in the NHL.

The Ducks, 2-1-0 in their past three games following a three-game losing streak, are 5-1-0 at home this season. They are playing the second of a season-long seven-game homestand following a 7-4 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.


Players to watch

Canucks center Elias Pettersson has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in a five-game point streak and 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in his past 10 games.

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf has four points (three goals, one assist) in a three-game goal/point streak and 49 points (14 goals, 35 assists) in 52 games against Vancouver.


They said it

"We're not trying to do any little plays or anything to try and score. We're just playing the right way, and that's how we're creating our offense, so we have to make sure we stick with it." -- Canucks forward Brock Boeser

"They have good shooters off the flanks. They look for the high tip a lot. They have a good net-front presence. We'll have to be on our toes." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins on Vancouver's power play, tied for fifth in the NHL (25.5 percent) 


Canucks projected lineup

J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Jake Virtanen

Josh Leivo -- Adam Gaudette -- Brandon Sutter

Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Loui Eriksson

Alexander Edler -- Tyler Myers

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Jordie Benn -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Sven Baertschi, Ashton Sautner

Injured: Tyler Motte (foot), Antoine Roussel (knee), Micheal Ferland (concussion protocol)


Ducks projected lineup

Nick Ritchie -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Max Comtois

Rickard Rakell -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Troy Terry

Devin Shore -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Michael Del Zotto -- Cam Fowler

Hampus Lindholm -- Erik Gudbranson

Josh Mahura -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Nicolas Deslauriers, Jacob Larsson

Injured: Ondrej Kase (upper body), Josh Manson (lower body)


Status report

Ferland was injured in the first period of a 5-3 win at the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday; Baertschi was recalled from Utica of the American Hockey League on Friday and participated in the morning skate but will not play. … Gaudette was recalled from Utica on Sunday and will play with the Canucks for the first time since Oct. 12. ... Lindholm is expected to return after missing the past two games with a lower-body injury.


Stat pack

Horvat has nine points (five goals, four assists) in a five-game point streak. … Boeser has seven points (five goals, two assists) in a three-game goal/point streak. … Miller has six points (two goals, four assists) in a four-game point streak. … Comtois has four points (two goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak. … Henrique has scored a goal in each of his past three games.

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