NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, November 11th
(All times Eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (8-7-1) at Anaheim Ducks (5-7-3), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - After a solid start to the season, the Ducks are in danger
of posting their longest losing streak in six years. Having to go up against
the Canucks' suddenly-blazing power play is probably the last thing the
slumping club wants to do.
Nonetheless, Anaheim tries to break out of its current skid this evening
against Vancouver, which closes out a six-game road trip at the Honda Center.
The Ducks opened up the season with four victories in five games, but have
posted just a 1-6-3 record since to fall into last place in the Pacific
Division. They are 0-4-2 on their current six-game slide and another setback
tonight would give the franchise its longest skid since an eight-game losing
streak from Nov. 3-20, 2005.
Anaheim fell behind early to Nashville last time out on Wednesday, yielding a
pair of goals 4:54 into the game, and never recovered en route to a 4-2
defeat. The loss came in the opening of a span that sees the Ducks play 11 of
13 at home and travel no further than Phoenix on Nov. 23.
"We dug ourselves a hole," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "They got two shots
on net and it was 2-0. That's a mountain you have to climb. We were able to
for parts of the game get back into it with our work ethic and our grit and
determination, but it just seemed we couldn't put one across the goal line at
an opportune time."
Cam Fowler and Francois Beauchemin each lit the lamp for the Ducks, who got 28
saves from Jonas Hiller and fell to 3-3-0 as the host this season.
"We're in a funk right now. It's up to us to battle and try to get out of it,"
Staying out of the penalty box would help. After netting five power-play goals
in six chances on Sunday versus Chicago, Vancouver scored twice on the man
advantage in last night's 3-2 victory at Los Angeles.
Sami Salo and Andrew Ebbett scored power-play goals just 42 seconds apart
during a three-goal first period. Already up a man after Kings forward Trevor
Lewis was handed a five-minute elbowing major, Los Angeles' Drew Doughty was
sent to the box for cross-checking Ryan Kesler.
Salo capitalized during the 5-on-3 before Ebbett struck.
"The way the game unfolded with us getting an early five-minute power play and
then following it up with an undisciplined penalty on Ryan Kesler, we were
able to make them pay," said Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault.
Defenseman Aaron Rome capped the first-period scoring with his second goal in
as many games this year after missing the start of the season with a broken
finger. Rome's two goals this year have doubled his career total.
"It's been good. It's been clicking," Rome said of the power play. "We've
talked about making the other team pay when they take penalties, so it's been
good for us."
Roberto Luongo made 28 saves to earn the win and Daniel Sedin added two
assists as the Canucks moved to 3-2-0 on their road trip. Sedin is second in
the NHL with 20 points.
Luongo, who is likely to get a rest tonight in favor of Cory Schneider given
the back-to-back games on consecutive nights, said after Thursday's win that
the Canucks can't take the Ducks lightly despite their struggles.
"It's a big game for us," Luongo said. "It would be a nice way to cap off the
road trip, but we know it's not going to be an easy game going in there. We
can't take things for granted. We've got to come out strong and have a good
start like we did tonight."
The Canucks and Ducks have split their last 12 meetings.
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