NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, January 17th
(All times eastern)
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (13-20-7-5) at Vancouver Canucks (25-12-7-2), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim try to figure out their recent
struggles tonight when they travel to General Motors Place to battle the
The Mighty Ducks latest setback came on Thursday night, as they were dealt a
1-0 loss in Edmonton. Tommy Salo made 28 saves to record his second shutout of
the season and 36th of his career, while Ales Hemsky scored the game's only
Martin Gerber made 15 saves in the losing effort for the Mighty Ducks, who
remained winless in their last eight games (0-5-3). Anaheim has not won yet
this year, posting its last victory on December 31 at Carolina.
Anaheim has just two wins in its last 19 road games (2-12-2-3) and fell to
1-16-2-0 when trailing after two periods.
The Ducks, who complete their three-game road trip tonight, have 38 points and
are currently in the basement of the Pacific Division.
Vancouver, meanwhile, had its franchise-record road winning streak halted at
eight games Thursday with a 3-1 loss in San Jose.
Markus Naslund tallied the only goal for the Canucks, who saw their four-game
unbeaten streak overall halted (3-1-1). Dan Cloutier allowed three goals on 30
shots in the loss.
The setback also allowed Colorado to move into a tie with the Canucks for
first place in the Northwest Division. The Avalanche beat Dallas on Thursday
to give them 59 points.
Naslund now leads the NHL with 53 points and is second with 25 goals. He has
tallied seven scores and three helpers in eight games this month.
The Canucks, 11-5-5 in Vancouver this season, open a five-game homestand
Vancouver earned a 5-2 victory in Anaheim on January 9 and is 5-1-2 in the
last eight matchups overall. The Ducks have not fared well in British Columbia
recently, going 0-6-2 in their last eight trips to GM Place.
01/17 10:40:36 ET