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Morning Report: A Chance for Redemption

Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 1:27 PM / News
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Morning Report: A Chance for Redemption
It was just one of those nights, and hopefully one the Ducks can soon forget as they close out a three-game road trip tonight in Vancouver.
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

It was just one of those nights, and hopefully one the Ducks can soon forget as they close out a three-game road trip tonight in Vancouver.

A win last night would’ve moved the Ducks into a tie for first place with the Sharks in the division with two games in hand. But despite unleashing 51 shots on Ben Scrivens and the lowly Oilers, the Ducks woke up this morning in second place, a point behind San Jose.

Those two games in hand can mean the difference between a likely first-round matchup against one of Minnesota, Phoenix or Dallas, or a guaranteed first-round matchup with the rival Los Angeles Kings.

Depending on how the Sharks do this afternoon in Colorado, the Ducks can have another chance to move into first place tonight against the rising Canucks.

Winners of four of their last six games and six of their last 10, the Canucks have a chance – albeit a slim chance – for one of the two wildcard spots. It’s desperation hockey for the Canucks, and Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau is well aware of that fact.

“The Canucks are a great team, and we know how the last game turned out,” he said, in reference to Anaheim’s 9-1 victory in January. “We’re sure they want to come out and win, so it’s going to be a tough game. We need to look forward to that now.”

Rugged defenseman Kevin Bieksa is expected to play tonight. Bieksa injured his leg in the team’s 3-2 OT loss at Colorado two nights ago. The 32-year-old defenseman has 24 points (4g/20a) in 70 games this season. Forward Henrik Sedin (lower body) and defenseman Chris Tanev (finger) are also out due to injuries.

The Ducks have won the last four meetings against the Canucks, including that 9-1 drubbing at Honda Center in their most recent matchup. In that game, the Ducks scored a team-record nine goals, including a six on the power play (also a franchise record).

ONE WIN AWAY
The Ducks are one victory shy of matching the franchise record for wins in a single season (48 in 2006-07) and one win away from setting a club record for road victories (22 in 2006-07 and 2008-09).

DUCKS-CANUCKS
Anaheim and Vancouver play the fourth of a five-game season series tonight at Rogers Arena. The season series opened with the first three games in Anaheim, including a 3-1 Ducks win on Nov. 10, a 4-3 OT Ducks win on Jan. 5 and a 9-1 victory on Jan. 15. The Ducks have won four straight games over Canucks to match their all-time best win streak vs. their new Pacific Division opponent (also Mar. 11-Dec. 16, 2009). This marks the fourth time Anaheim has won three games in a single season against Vancouver and the first since 2006-07 (3-0-1). The Ducks have yet to win four games vs. the Canucks in a season series.

RADIO BROADCAST
Tonight's game can be heard on KSPN 710.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
2 ANA 65 41 17 7 193 178 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
12 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 62 20 41 12 61
C. Perry 50 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 65 17 23 0 40
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
J. Silfverberg 64 10 20 11 30
P. Maroon 57 7 21 -4 28
H. Lindholm 62 6 22 18 28
C. Fowler 64 5 22 2 27
R. Rakell 54 5 19 4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 30 8 5 .917 2.34
J. Gibson 8 5 0 .920 2.51

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