Canucks-Mighty Ducks Preview
GAME: Vancouver Canucks (23-11-6-2) at Anaheim Mighty Ducks (13-17-6-5).
TIME: Friday, 10:30 p.m. EST.
The Anaheim Mighty Ducks need to improve their play in a hurry if they want
another chance at winning the Stanley Cup.
The Mighty Ducks look to break out of their recent four-game winless streak
as they host the high-scoring Vancouver Canucks.
Anaheim, which made a surprising run in the playoffs last season before
losing to New Jersey in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, has a losing record
and is in last place in the Pacific Division.
The Ducks are 0-2-2 in their last four games, and 2-5-2 over their last
"We just haven't been playing good hockey, playing together as a team,"
Anaheim captain Steve Rucchin said. "We haven't been getting the best out of
our guys all at the same time. Some guys show up and other guys don't and, of
course, we can't have that."
Rucchin believes the Ducks can turn things around again.
"We've still got half the season left and we're not too far out of the
race," Rucchin said. "Things are still within our reach."
Anaheim salvaged a point when Todd Simpson ended an 84-game goal-scoring
drought with a third period goal in the Ducks 4-4 tie against the Los Angeles
Kings on Wednesday.
Michael Holmqvist tied it twice in the first period with his first two NHL
goals. Sergei Fedorov had a power-play goal for the Ducks, who scored on three
of their first six shots against Cristobal Huet.
Anaheim will try for a similar effort against Canucks goalie Dan Cloutier,
who stopped 16 of 17 shots to lead Vancouver to a 3-1 win over the Kings on
Thursday. Magnus Arvedson scored twice and Daniel Sedin notched his fifth goal
of the year for the Canucks.
Vancouver center Todd Bertuzzi failed to score.
Bertuzzi, who signed a $28 million, four-year contract extension in October
after scoring a career-high 46 goals last season, has three goals in his last
20 games. Bertuzzi has 11 goals and is tied with teammate Markus Naslund for
the team lead in assists with 26.