After fading in the third period and dropping a goalie duel in the season opener, the Ducks look to pick up their first win of the season as they open the home portion of the 2015-16 campaign against the Canucks.
Ducks: Saturday, 10/10 at San Jose. "Sharks Shut Out Ducks 2-0 In Season Opener"
Canucks: Saturday, 10/10 vs Calgary. "Canucks Fall To Flames In Overtime Of Home Opener At Rogers Arena"
Despite 42 saves from Frederik Andersen, Anaheim lost for the eighth straight time at SAP Center as the squad couldn't solve Martin Jones. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry skated on separate lines; Getzlaf with Carl Hagelin and Chris Stewart, while Perry was on the wing for Rickard Rakell and Jiri Sekac. Perry had the best even strength shot attempt differential for the Ducks at +8, but Anaheim was undone by goal in the final minute of the second period by Patrick Marleau and the Sharks controlling play to the tune of a 17-3 shot advantage in the third.
Anaheim took the season series 3-1-1 against the Canucks last year, with three games going to overtime and two requiring a shootout. Getzlaf's goal and three assists lead the Ducks offensively, who also saw Sami Vatanen contribute a goal and two assists in four games. Vancouver took the first of two meetings at Honda Center last season in a shootout, with Nick Bonino coming back to haunt his old team. Cam Fowler scored the overtime game winner in the other meeting inside the friendly confines. Both of Vancouver's wins were earned by Eddie Lack, who was traded to Carolina at the Draft over the summer, while Ryan Miller went 0-1-1 with a .907 save percentage in his two appearances versus the Ducks.
This is the first time Kevin Bieksa will lace up against his former team, having appeared in 597 regular season and 71 playoff games with the Canucks over ten seasons after being selected in the fifth round by the franchise in the 2001 NHL Draft. Fellow former Canuck Ryan Kesler appeared in all five games of the season series last year, posting a pair of assists.
The Ducks opened the 12-13 season against the Canucks at Rogers Arena, spoiling the hosts opening night with a 7-3 win on January 19. Vancouver returned the favor six days later with a 5-0 shutout in the first game of the year at Honda Center. Anaheim leads the all-time regular season series between the clubs with a 40-36-16 mark, amongst that an 18-15-12 record at home including going 6-3-1 in the last ten meetings.
Vancouver opened the season spoiling the Calgary Flames' season and home opener with a 5-1 win. Daniel Sedin had a three point night, scoring the Canucks' third goal and assisting on the eventual game winner by Brandon Sutter in the first period and on brother Henrik Sedin's goal that completed the score line. Sutter also had an assist on the Henrik goal; he and Alexandre Burrows each posted 'goal and assist' two point nights. The game saw Derek Dorsett and Micheal Ferland drop the gloves immediately off the faceoff, while Brandon Prust also threw fists with Brandon Bollig in the opening 20. Both Dorsett and Prust would receive 10 minute misconducts in the third, with Bollig and Matt Stajan joining them seeing early ends to their respective evenings.
Despite heavily outshooting the Flames in the game in Calgary (44-30), the Canucks were outshot 38-30 in their home opener, a 3-2 overtime loss. Bo Horvat and Jared McCann had the Vancouver goals in the second period, then Sean Monahan equalized in the third and Johnny Gaudreau took advantage of a Sutter miscue to score the winner in three-on-three overtime.
Henrik and Daniel are first and second in both assists and points in Canucks history, as well as second and third in games played for the franchise. Daniel has put up 17 goals and 25 assists in 55 career games against the Ducks, while Henrik has 7 goals and 33 assists. All time in regular season and playoff games at Honda Center Daniel has 20 points in 30 appearances, posting a point in 14, while Henrik has 17 points in 31 appearances, showing up on the score sheet in 11. In the 30 games in Anaheim with both in the lineup the Canucks are 7-2-1 when both record a point, 2-1-2 when one records a point, and 5-8-2 when neither records a point; they've been held without a point their last three trips.
Historic stats for Sedins vs Ducks and at Honda Center from Hockey-Reference.