Sunday, March 5th, 2017 5:00 PM PST
Radio: AM 830, AnaheimDucks.com
Your Enemy: Nucks Misconduct
Jim Benning has received healthy doses of criticism in recent years having failed to recognize the Canucks long-closed Stanley Cup window. He has continually refused to blow up the roster and retool to replenish a starved prospect pool while riding the late-30s declining Sedin twins.
While this year's trade deadline was relatively slow, Benning had one of the best days among all 30 NHL GMs by acquiring promising young prospects Jonathan Dahlen and Nikolay Goldobin from the Ottawa Senators and the San Jose Sharks respectively for veterans Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen.
While the Canucks still don't expect to be competitive for at least another couple of years, it appears Benning has finally committed to a rebuild.
In the meantime, the Ducks can root for them to play the agent of chaos role, especially with their victory over the Kings last night in a 4-3 game.
The Ducks, meanwhile, got an offensive jump out of their bye week with a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Yes, the Ducks were going against a struggling Leafs defense, and yes they were going against backup Curtis McElhinney, and yes they were playing a team that had come off a shootout loss the night before. But Anaheim hadn't seen that kind of energetic offensive play in a long time.
It was welcomed heartily as the Ducks suddenly find the scorching Calgary Flames right on their heels for the final playoff spot in the Pacific Division.
The Ducks get another scheduling bone thrown to them tonight playing against another team coming off a back-to-back in Los Angeles. More offensive energy should be in the cards for tonight.
|ANAHEIM DUCKS||versus||VANCOUVER CANUCKS|
|33-21-10, 76 Pts||Record||27-30-7, 61 Pts|
|3rd in Pacific, 11th in NHL||Standings||6th in Pacific, 26th in NHL|
|19% (16th)||Power Play||14.3% (28th)|
|84.8% (6th)||Penalty Kill||77.1% (27th)|
|Rickard Rakell (26G)||Goals||Bo Horvat (19G)|
|Ryan Getzlaf (37A)||Assists||Henrik Sedin (26A)|
|Getzlaf (48P)||Points||Horvat (44P)|
|Kesler (7PPG)||PPG||Loui Eriksson/Daniel Sedin (5PPG)|
|Andrew Cogliano (3SHG)||SH||Horvat (2SHG)|
|Cam Fowler (24:52), Kesler (21:34)||TOI/GP (D&F)||(24:25), Henrik Sedin (19:15)|
|Cogliano (54.44), Hampus Lindholm (54.22)||SAT% 5on5 (F&D)||Brendan Guance (52.42), Alex Biega (49.44),|
|Jonathan Bernier||GOALIES||Jacob Markstrom|
Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg
Ondrej Kase -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Nick Ritchie
Patrick Eaves -- Rickard Rakell -- Corey Perry
Logan Shaw -- Nate Thompson -- Chris Wagner
Cam Fowler -- Sami Vatanen
Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson
Brandon Montour -- Kevin Bieksa
Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Markus Granlund
Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Loui Eriksson
Nikolay Goldobin -- Brandon Sutter -- Jayson Megna
Brendan Gaunce -- Michael Chaput -- Joseph Cramarossa
Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher
Luca Sbisa -- Christopher Tanev
Ben Hutton -- Alex Miller
Who has the brightest future in the Pacific Division?
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