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Morning Report: Ducks Host New-Look Canucks

Sunday, 01.5.2014 / 10:11 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: Ducks Host New-Look Canucks
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

With the holiday break coming to an end, fans young and old will get to see their Ducks play host to the Vancouver Canucks tonight before school and work resumes tomorrow.

They should be in for a treat, as the Ducks sport the league’s best home record (16-0-2), remaining the only team unbeaten in regulation on home ice this season. Anaheim joins San Jose (20-0-2, 2008-09) and Philadelphia (unbeaten streak of 19-0-7 in 1979-80) as the only NHL teams in 34 years to start a season with a home point streak of 18 games or more (Stat courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau).

Tonight marks the third of four consecutive games at Honda Center, the team’s longest homestand since playing five straight from Oct. 10-20.

Their opponent comes into town on a three-game losing streak (0-2-1), their most recent defeat coming last night in a 3-1 final at LA. The Ducks opened the season series with a 3-1 victory at Honda Center back on Nov. 10.

Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano, who signed a four-year contract extension yesterday, said it’s a different Canucks squad than in years past.

“I watched a few of their games this year, and under [head coach] John Tortorella, they have a stronger work ethic,” he said. “They work really hard. It seems like they have four lines that really create energy, and they just play a much harder game than the past couple years.”

Cogliano also said the Canucks have a knack for blocking shots, so finding ways to get pucks through will be crucial.

“They preach a lot in terms of blocking shots,” he said. “I know that [Ducks head coach] Bruce [Boudreau] has been telling that from Tortorella in New York. And when you have [goaltender] Roberto Luongo, it makes for a tough night where there’s a good goalie like that.”

Tonight’s game features two coaches who both came out West after spending time in the East. Boudreau joined the Ducks after serving as head coach for the Washington Capitals from 2007-11, while Tortorella left the New York Rangers having coached the fifth most games in franchise history (319). Prior to his six years in New York (1999-00; 2008-13), Tortorella spent eight years as head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning (2000-08).

The “Torts Effect” can be seen with the Canucks, who now emphasize a defense first mentality, according to Boudreau.

“They play like the New York Rangers,” he said. “I’ve coached against Torts for a long time. I’ve had two seven-game playoff series against him. When I watch Vancouver, they do the blocking of the shots and think defense first. You look at their defensive numbers right now and they’re as good as anybody in the league. They’re very difficult to score against.”

TRUE TEST AWAITS
In addition to playing the Canucks twice, the Ducks will battle the Bruins, Blackhawks, Blues, Kings (twice) and Coyotes, among others this month. While there are no easy games in today’s NHL, these teams all sit in the top-eight within their respective conferences. Cogliano says these types of opponents will be good for the Ducks as they head into the Olympic break next month.

“It gives us an opportunity to really bear down and put our best efforts in these games,” he said. “That’s the bottom line. When you play the best teams, you want to beat them and measure up against them. Knowing we have a good break in February, you approach all these games like it’s a playoff game.”

THIRD LINE’S A CHARM
The line of Cogliano, Saku Koivu and Daniel Winnik has combined for 14 points (7g/7a) with a +18 rating over the last five games. Cogliano has goals in four of his last five games (4g/1a) and eight points (4g/4a) in his last eight games. Koivu has recorded seven points (3g/4a) in his last five games and nine points (4g/5a) in his last eight, and scored both his 10th career overtime goal and 11th career shorthanded goal Dec. 28 vs. Phoenix. It marked his 26th career multi-goal game and first since Jan. 10, 2012 vs. Dallas (3g). In addition, Winnik has earned four assists in his last seven contests.

DUCKS-CANUCKS
Anaheim and Vancouver play the second of a five-game season series tonight at Honda Center. The season series opened with a 3-1 Ducks win on Nov. 10 at Honda Center. Anaheim is 33-35-15 all-time vs. Vancouver, including a 15-15-11 mark in Orange County. Following tonight's game, these two teams will meet again at Honda Center on Jan. 15. The season series will conclude with a pair of games at Rogers Arena on Mar. 29 and Apr. 7.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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