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Morning Report: League-leading Ducks Take on Division Rival Canucks

Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 12:31 PM / News
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Morning Report: League-leading Ducks Take on Division Rival Canucks
The league-leading Ducks close out a brief three-game homestand on Military Appreciation Night at Honda Center.
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The league-leading Ducks close out a brief three-game homestand on Military Appreciation Night at Honda Center.

Tonight’s opponent is Anaheim’s newest division rival, the Vancouver Canucks, a club that enters the game in fourth place in the Pacific with an 11-6-2 record. The Canucks were shellacked in a 5-1 loss last night in Los Angeles, with Dan Hamhuis netting their lone goal.

As for the Ducks, they enter tonight’s game on a four-game winning streak, tied for the longest active streak in the NHL (also Washington), and have a standings point streak of eight consecutive games (7-0-1), also the longest current streak in the NHL. In addition, the Ducks are riding an active seven-game home winning streak, which marks the most consecutive home wins to start a season in franchise history. The Ducks are also the only NHL club with a perfect home record this season.

“We need to put [divisional opponents] behind us,” said Nick Bonino. “Everyone in our division is strong. No one is really out of it. We’re going to go in, try to get two points, and hit the road with a good win.”

Though Anaheim made quick work of the struggling Buffalo Sabres in Friday night’s 6-2 victory, head coach Bruce Boudreau knows the team can be much better.

“We can be a lot better,” Boudreau said. “We showed 14 clips of us not doing the right thing in our own zone, and that was just in the first half of [Friday’s] game. If you’re playing Vancouver and you give it to the Sedins in the slot, they’re putting it in the net. We’ve got to protect the puck better, we’ve got to do all the little things better.”

Tonight’s game is the first of five against the Canucks, and the first of three at Honda Center. Last season, the Ducks opened the 2012-13 campaign with a 7-3 victory at Rogers Arena, but then got blown out by Vancouver in a 5-0 loss at Honda Center two games later. Boudreau knows the Canucks are a team that can easily return to form after a loss.

“Vancouver is always tough against us,” Boudreau said. “I still remember the 5-0 beating they put on us in our first home game last year, and they’re playing really well. They’re at the top of their game. We better be ready.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 36 23 8 5 104 98 51
2 CHI 35 23 10 2 107 72 48
3 NSH 33 22 9 2 95 70 46
4 STL 34 21 10 3 100 86 45
5 SJS 35 19 11 5 99 90 43
6 WPG 35 18 10 7 88 81 43
7 VAN 33 20 11 2 99 91 42
8 LAK 35 17 11 7 97 88 41
9 CGY 36 18 15 3 104 98 39
10 MIN 32 16 13 3 93 89 35
11 COL 34 13 13 8 90 101 34
12 DAL 33 14 14 5 95 113 33
13 ARI 34 12 18 4 80 112 28
14 EDM 35 7 21 7 75 121 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 35 12 27 9 39
R. Kesler 36 12 15 -1 27
S. Vatanen 36 9 15 1 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 36 15 4 12 19
C. Fowler 35 4 14 2 18
J. Silfverberg 36 4 12 2 16
H. Lindholm 35 4 11 11 15
P. Maroon 28 2 13 -4 15
D. Smith-Pelly 32 4 9 4 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 19 5 4 .914 2.39

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