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Ducks vs. Canucks GAMETHREAD: Benning's Revival

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Is Jim Benning a good GM now? Or are these alternative facts?

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Game #65

Vancouver Canucks @ Anaheim Ducks

Sunday, March 5th, 2017 5:00 PM PST

Honda Center

TV: PRIME

Radio: AM 830, AnaheimDucks.com

Your Enemy: Nucks Misconduct

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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.

Until now.

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.

Stat Pack

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
2.58 GF/GP 2.28
2.52 GA/GP 2.86
19% (16th) Power Play 14.3% (28th)
84.8% (6th) Penalty Kill 77.1% (27th)
TEAM STAT LEADERS
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) Nikita Zaitsev (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
10-6-2 Record 10-11-3
.904 Save % .910
2.89
GAA 2.63


Projected Lines

Anaheim:

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

Jonathan Bernier

Jhonas Enroth

Vancouver:

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

Ryan Miller

Jacob Markstrom

Poll

Who has the brightest future in the Pacific Division?

This poll is closed

  • 27%
    Ducks
    (8 votes)
  • 0%
    Kings
    (0 votes)
  • 6%
    Canucks
    (2 votes)
  • 17%
    Coyotes
    (5 votes)
  • 37%
    Flames
    (11 votes)
  • 10%
    Sharks
    (3 votes)
29 votes total Vote Now