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Morning Report: Pacific Division Rematch

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 11:46 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: Pacific Division Rematch
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

Another sold-out crowd is expected to converge upon Honda Center for tonight’s game against the visiting Vancouver Canucks.

It’s the finale of a brief two-game homestand for the Ducks, who will embark on a two-game road trip tomorrow for back-to-back games in Chicago and St. Louis on Friday and Saturday, respectively. But the Ducks aren’t looking ahead to the road trip just yet.

“[The Canucks] are a very skilled team and they have some size,” said forward Jakob Silfverberg. “We’ve got to be prepared for that. They played really hard against LA, and it’s something we have to expect. We have to play even harder.”

“We’re both deep teams, and the games can go either way,” said Nick Bonino. “It comes down to the will. So far, we’ve had that.”

Two nights ago, the Canucks and Kings combined for 109 penalty minutes, 69 of which were earned by Vancouver. Though the Canucks came out on the wrong end of a 1-0 final, the message was clearly sent. When asked if he expects the same kind of nastiness tonight, head coach Bruce Boudreau said he wants his team prepared for anything.

“I don’t know what to expect from that team,” he said. “They’re a real good team. They have two guys in there that didn’t play against us last time, and they took us to overtime. The best way to prepare is to be prepared for everything.”

GETZLAF, HILLER UPDATE
After sitting out Sunday’s game against the Red Wings, captain Ryan Getzlaf is expected to return to the lineup tonight against the Canucks, according to head coach Bruce Boudreau. Getzlaf blocked a shot with his foot in Saturday's game in Phoenix, and sat out the third period. X-rays came back negative.

But it’ll be a game-time decision for goaltender Jonas Hiller, who didn't participate in the morning skate due to illness. Frederik Andersen, freshly recalled from Norfolk of the American Hockey League, is expected to get the nod in net tonight.

DUCKS-CANUCKS
Anaheim and Vancouver play the third of a five-game season series tonight at Honda Center. The season series opened with consecutive games in Anaheim, including a 3-1 Ducks win on Nov. 10 and a 4-3 OT Ducks win on Jan. 5. Anaheim is 34-35-15 all-time vs. Vancouver (16-15-11 mark in Orange County). Following tonight's game, the season series will conclude with a pair of games in Vancouver on Mar. 29 and Apr. 7.

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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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 7 2 3 4 5
J. Silfverberg 7 0 5 1 5
R. Kesler 7 4 0 2 4
A. Cogliano 7 2 2 -1 4
S. Vatanen 7 1 3 4 4
C. Perry 7 0 4 -7 4
C. Fowler 7 1 2 -2 3
C. Stewart 7 1 2 2 3
D. Perron 7 1 2 3 3
H. Lindholm 7 0 3 6 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 3 2 0 .947 1.41
J. Gibson 0 2 0 .900 3.08

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