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PREVIEW: Ducks vs Canucks (11/30/15) – Monday Refresh

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The Ducks face the Canucks at home in desperate need of a win.

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After the most disappointing loss of the season, the Ducks need to compose themselves and start winning if they want to push their way into the playoff picture.

Last Games:

Ducks: Friday, 11/27 vs. Chicago. "Best and Worst"

Canucks: Friday, 11/27 at Dallas. "Canucks Come Back in the 3rd Only to Lose in a Shootout"

Notes:

Ducks

The Ducks completely fell apart against the Blackhawks and lost in overtime after leading the game 2-0 late in the third period. The forwards have improved their play, but the defense has been lacking in recent games. With Kevin Bieksa failing to prove to be a top paring defenseman and with the loss of Simon Despres (concussion) the defense has really struggled. Hampus Lindholm has also been underwhelming. On the topic of defense, Shea Theodore is practicing with the Ducks again. It's unclear whether he will draw into the lineup against the Canucks.

Frederick Andersen practiced Sunday with the team and could return to the net after missing the last three games with the flu. John Gibson is 1-1-1 in those three games after taking over for Anton Khudobin who was pulled in last weeks game against the Calgary Flames. The positives for the Ducks lie in special teams where they hold the No. 1 penalty kill and the 17th (and improving) ranked power play.

Canucks

The Canucks are holding down the fourth place in the Pacific Division behind the Arizona Coyotes. Like Anaheim, Vancouver is also 1-1-1 in their last three games. They have struggled with consistency much of the season (But so has the entire Pacific Division honestly). Luca Sbisa is still a well-paid member of the defense corps for the Canucks, so that's nice. Always dangerous, Daniel and Henrik Sedin continue to lead the team in scoring despite a rather inconsistent start to the season.

The Canucks are lacking on defense and have struggled in close games. The team's last two losses were one-goal games (one in a shootout). Ryan Miller should be in goal against the Ducks in the third game of a four-game road trip for the team. The Ducks can look to exploit the Canucks on the power play as they have given up at least one power-play goal in their last five games.

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Two hours before the game we will have the game thread up, featuring the full Stat Pack, likely with expected lines, and of course your Numbers for Nerds.