December 16 2009 01:48PM
The Canucks chased the Ducks all over the ice in their last meeting. Canucks fans are hoping it's Duck hunting season tonight.
The Vancouver Canucks look to avenge a lopsided side loss from earlier this season as they host the Anaheim Ducks tonight at GM Place. While the Canucks are riding a three-game home winning streak, the Ducks are sitting in last place in the Western Conference.
Hopefully for Canucks fans, this game will see a much different result than the first meeting between the two clubs. That game saw the Canucks jump out to an early 2-0 lead then surrender seven straight goals, en route to a 7-2 loss in Anaheim.
However, the Ducks have a pretty dismal record on the road, while the Canucks have the most home wins in the NHL. Moreover, the Canucks have won three straight and are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games, while the Ducks are only 4-2-4 in their last 10, and have the second worst road record in the entire league. The Ducks have also win only twice in their last eight games, but have managed to pick up extra points but taking four of those losses into extra time.
The Ducks still have their national-team calibre top line racking up points, along with their top two defencemen. If you take away their starting lineup, the Ducks' individual numbers are atrocious. With Teemu Selanne hurt and Saku Koivu underperforming against expectations, the Ducks secondary scoring has all but dried up.
The Canucks need to take advantage of a team that plays poorly on the road and has no potency past the starting lineup. The Canucks clearly love playing on the road and have two high-strength scoring lines at the moment. If the Canucks can play the same game against Anaheim, as they did against the LA Kings, the Canucks should see another two points. The Canucks were very effective at shutting down Anze Kopitar, and have proven that they can play a fast forecheck, choking style of game and take the game over with puck possession.
The Canucks need to win faceoffs to control the puck, stick to Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan like glue and they'll surely see their first four-game winning streak of the season tonight.