NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, November 27th
(All times eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (11-9-4) at Vancouver Canucks (12-9-2), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two of the Western Conference's three division winners from
a year ago meet tonight in Vancouver, as the Canucks host the Anaheim Ducks at
General Motors Place.
The Ducks won the franchise's first-ever Pacific Division title last year and
then became the first West Coast team to win a Stanley Cup. Vancouver won the
Northwest crown last season and set a club record with 49 wins in the process.
Anaheim has won six of seven and eight of the last 11 regular-season meetings
with the Canucks. The Ducks have also come out on top in six straight trips to
The teams also met in the postseason last year and the Ducks won the Western
Conference semifinal matchup in five games.
After struggling through a slow start to the season, the Ducks have rebounded
nicely and are currently second in the Pacific with an 11-9-4 record and 26
Anaheim has won five of its last seven games (5-1-1) and is coming off
Sunday's close victory over the rival Los Angeles Kings. Chris Kunitz tallied
the game-winning goal late in regulation, as Anaheim rebounded from an early
two-goal deficit to top the visiting Kings, 3-2, at Honda Center.
Ryan Getzlaf scored a pair for the Ducks, who snapped a two-game slide. Jean-
Sebastien Giguere stopped 23 shots in the win.
Getzlaf, who leads Anaheim with 25 points this year, has registered a point in
eight straight games. He has six goals and six assists during the tear.
The Ducks are just 3-6-1 as the visiting team this year and begin a three-game
road trip tonight. They will also make stops in Calgary and Edmonton before
ending the swing.
Vancouver has had an excellent November and the successful month has the
helped the Canucks forge a current tie with Minnesota atop the Northwest
Division standings. Both the Canucks and the Wild have notched 26 points this
The Canucks are coming off Sunday's triumph over the visiting Chicago
Blackhawks. Roberto Luongo stopped all 27 shots he faced to record his second
shutout of the season, and Vancouver topped Chicago, 2-0.
Brendan Morrison and Daniel Sedin scored for the Canucks, who have won four of
Tonight's tilt is the middle portion of a three-game homestand for Vancouver,
which is just 5-6-1 at GM Place this season. The Canucks have won four of
their last five games on home ice.
11/27 10:29:16 ET