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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 ANA 49 32 11 6 146 130 70
2 NSH 47 31 10 6 145 112 68
3 STL 47 30 13 4 153 115 64
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
11 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 48 15 35 10 50
R. Kesler 49 13 19 -2 32
C. Perry 34 19 12 15 31
S. Vatanen 49 10 20 3 30
M. Beleskey 48 19 7 12 26
P. Maroon 41 6 18 2 24
C. Fowler 48 5 18 4 23
H. Lindholm 48 5 16 13 21
J. Silfverberg 49 6 13 2 19
K. Palmieri 25 10 6 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 6 5 .919 2.22
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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