Tale of the Tape: Canucks @ Ducks (1.25.13)
|Team Record: 1-1-1
Last Game: 3-2 SO/W vs Calgary (JAN.23.13)
Season Series: 0-1-0
Last Meeting: 3-7 L (JAN.19.13)
|Team Record: 2-0-0
Last Game: 5-4 W at Calgary (JAN.21.13)
Season Series: 1-0-0
Last Meeting: 7-3 W (JAN.19.13)
Fresh off their first win of the season on Wednesday over the Flames, the Canucks (1-1-1) hit the road for three straight games in California beginning tonight in Anaheim with a date against the unbeaten Ducks (2-0-0).
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Tonight's game faces off at 7 pm PT and can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet Pacific. Listen live on The TEAM 1040 Sports Radio or online at teamradio.ca.
Those away from a TV or radio can follow @CanucksGame on Twitter for live in-game play-by-play.
THE CANUCKS WIN IF...
One of the big question marks for the Canucks coming into this season would be whether or not Zack Kassian could play to his potential as a dominant power forward. So far, the Windsor-native seems to be headed on the right path.
The former first round pick of the Sabres has demonstrated in the early-going of the new season that he can hit, fight and, most importantly, score. His strong play has earned him a promotion up to the Sedin line and he's taken full advantage of the opportunity scoring in back-to-back games.
Kassian, who celebrated his 22nd birthday yesterday, will try to stretch his goal streak tonight to a career-best three games against a Ducks team that he has yet to record a point against in two career outings.
You can understand if Daniel Winnik might feel like he's back at the University of New Hampshire considering the last time he was a noted point producer was when he played college hockey with the Wildcats. Right now, however, there's no hotter Duck than the 27-year-old Toronto-native.
Winnik leads the Ducks with four goals and shares the overall team points lead with five. He has scored two goals in each of his first two games played so far making him the first Ducks player in history to begin a season with back-to-back multi-goal games. Prior to this season, he had only one career two-goal game at the NHL level.
The former ninth round pick of the Coyotes will look to stretch his goal streak to three games tonight which would mark a career-high. Including the two games he notched against the Canucks on opening night, he has amassed five points (2-3-5) in 27 career games versus Vancouver.
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2012.13 Regular Season
2012.13 Regular Season
For the Canucks...
F Maxim Lapierre (groin) will be a game-time decision. F Ryan Kesler (shoulder/wrist surgery) and F David Booth (strained groin) are on the injured reserve list.
For the Ducks...
D Sami Vatanen (foot) is on the injured reserve list.
3 – Wins needed for Coach V to reach 400 career NHL victories.
8 – Points needed for Henrik Sedin (749) to surpass Markus Naslund (756) as the franchise's leading point scorer.
81st – All-time meeting between the Canucks and Ducks. Vancouver leads the all-time series 40-29-11.
249 – Career power play goals for Anaheim's Teemu Selanne, tied with Phil Esposito for third all-time.
896th – Career game as a Canuck tonight for Henrik Sedin, tying him for second-place on the franchise's all-time games played list with Stan Smyl.
@canuckshockey- Man, @geroysimon playing for Saskatchewan would be like Trevor Linden lacing up for the Bruins.
@TheseWeCovet- If Kassian can play like this on a somewhat-regular basis the Canucks have got a gem. Kid looks good this year!
@sean_norman- So, we're buying this house in Yellowknife. It's address is 135. We're naming our home Schneidongo. #canucks
The seven goals the Canucks surrendered to the Ducks six nights ago was the second-most they have ever given up in a season-opening game in team history. The most goals they have ever surrendered in a season-opening game is nine to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 9-5 loss to kick off the 1976.77 season.
The seven goals scored by the Ducks also tied a Canucks team record for most goals they've ever surrendered to Anaheim in a single game. Anaheim had previously scored seven goals against Vancouver on two other occasions before this year's season-opening thumping.