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Ducks @ Canucks PREVIEW: Securing a Playoff Spot

After taking sole possession of first place in the division, Anaheim has the chance to mathematically lock up their playoff spot tonight

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Anaheim Ducks Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Game #76

Anaheim Ducks @ Vancouver Canucks

Tuesday March 28th, 2017, 7:00 PM PST

Rogers Arena


Radio: AM 830,

Your Enemy: Nucks Misconduct

After sweeping a 3-game homestand, Anaheim heads to Canada for their final roadtrip of the regular season. Anaheim will face all four of Canada’s Western Conference teams before returning to Honda Center for their final 3 games of the season. The roadie will start at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, a building in which Anaheim is 7-1-2 in their last 10 games. After suffering consecutive 1-goal losses to the Canucks, the Ducks have the opportunity to finish the season series on a high note. Not only would a win secure Anaheim the victory in the season series, but it would also officially secure them a playoff spot. Just a single point gained by Anaheim or lost by the rival LA Kings secures the Ducks place in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Vancouver, whose season will end in just two weeks time, are simply playing for pride as their season winds down. Six wins below the .500 mark, the Canucks haven’t been able to get much going their way this season. Bottom third in the league in goals for, goals against, PP%, PK%, and SAT%, it looks like it could be another rough offseason for Canucks fans as the organization attempts to put together a roster that can get them back to success they had less than a decade past.

One thing for Canucks fans to look forward to tonight is Brock Boeser. Vancouvers #23 overall pick from the 2015 draft, Boeser is set to make his home debut to plenty of fanfare. The 20-year old right wing has looked stellar in his two year at the University of North Dakota accruing 43 goals and 51 assists (94 points) in his 74 game college career. Already with a goal to his name in just two NHL games, expectations are high for what Boeser could bring to the Canucks in the future.

When it comes to goaltending, Anaheim is excited to have a #1 goalie back in the fold while Vancouver seems to have lost another big piece for the rest of the season. John Gibson will back up Jonathan Bernier tonight as he returns from his second injury in the past couple of months. For the Canucks, Jacob Markstrom’s knee injury could mean his season ends early. Having been out since mid February after hurting his knee in the Canucks skill competition, Markstrom’s future with the organization is up in the air. In a press conference this morning, head coach Willie Desjardins said they would have “to make a medical decision” regarding Markstrom. The Vancouver netminder has been less than stellar this season, posting a 10-11-3 record in 26 games played this year. Set to get a more than $2 million/year raise next season, Vancouver may have to make a tough decision with the Swedish goaltender.

Expect to see Ryan Miller in net for Vancouver tonight.

Fearless Prediciton: Boeser grabs a goal and an assist but Ryan Getzlaf continues his stellar play and collect 3 points on the way to a 4-2 Anaheim win.