The Vancouver Canucks are coming off a big loss against the Los Angeles Kings. Roberto Luongo was yanked. The team was probably dressed down by their coach. They will be mad. The Ducks must be ready. [Ed. Note: Last time that happened the Ducks crushed the Rangers 6-0. And to balance out the magumbo, the first home loss for the Ducks last year was an UGLY 5-0 defeat at the hands of the Canucks. -CK]
Numbers for Nerds: Teemu Selanne’s one career fight, as registered on hockeyfights.com and seen here, votes the Finnish Flash as the winner. You will recall, it was against current Canucks winger, Brad Richardson, who probably punches babies for fun.
Team Records: Ducks 14-3-1, Canucks 11-6-2, Ducks vs Canucks in 2013 was 2-1-0.
Team Leaders: Ducks lead points-scorers: Ryan Getzlaf (10g + 12a = 22p), Corey Perry (10g + 9a = 19p), Mathieu Perreault (5g + 9a = 14p). Canucks lead points-scorers: Henrik Sedin (3g + 17a = 20p), Daniel Sedin (7g + 10a = 17p), Ryan Kesler (9g + 5a = 14p).
Once again, FenClose (proxy for % of time player is on the attack in meaningful situations) numbers. Ducks FenClose leaders, +100 minutes played: Ben Lovejoy (61.8%), Corey Perry (59.8%), Ryan Getzlaf (59.4%). Canucks FenClose leaders, +100 minutes played: Jannik Hansen (62.7%), Chris Higgins (59.8%), Henrik Sedin (58.3%).
Of note about the Canucks: the Sedins and Kesler have played a ton of minutes (averaging over 22 minutes per game each) already this season. They are relied upon a lot.
Goalies: Ducks: Jonas Hiller (7-2-1, 2.47 GAA, .908 SV%) OR Frederik Andersen (5-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .947 SV%). Canucks: Roberto Luongo (9-5-2, 2.41 GAA, .911 SV%) OR Eddie Lack (2-1-0, 2.52 GAA, .912 SV%).
Power Play: Ducks: 25th rank, 12.1 PP%. Canucks: 27th rank, 10.0 PP%.
Penalty Kill: Ducks: 28th rank, 75.9 PK%. Canucks: 1st rank, 89.1 PK%.