The Canucks perform the first of back-to-back nights Wednesday in Anaheim. California dreaming may be picking up victories there and in L.A. on Thursday, but they are crucial to any write-up-period hopes.
Up coming Activity: WEDNESDAY
Vancouver Canucks (25-25-7) at Anaheim Ducks (21-26-9)
7:30 p.m., Honda Centre. TV: Sportsnet, Radio: Sportsnet 650 AM
THE Major MATCHUP
Bob Murray vs. actuality
The Ducks’ boss lastly fired Randy Carlyle on Sunday, adhering to a disastrous run that saw his team slide to the base of the NHL’s Western Conference standings.
Bob Murray will shortly recognize up close that his team just cannot rating. They are battling goalie accidents. They were being riddled with accidents to their defence corps earlier this calendar year.
5 KEYS TO THE Activity
1. Who’s in target?
Jacob Markstrom was held out of Monday night’s video game simply because of a minor damage, 1 that coach Travis Eco-friendly was fearful about aggravating. So does that signify he’s healthier once again to perform in Anaheim? Or will the team have to call once again on Mike DiPietro, the 19-calendar year-aged prospect who did his most effective but was overmatched by the San Jose Sharks on Monday?
Or could recently acquired Marek Mazanec make a commence?
The Canucks’ defence was a worry coming into the period. No new faces on the blue line for a group that struggled to command its have conclusion or contribute offensively. Right until a short while ago, the Canucks experienced been substantially enhanced in this place. But about the earlier 4 months or so, that storyline has gone south. On Saturday, it was simply just a scenario of much too several photographs versus. Arrive Monday, it was a scenario of much too several good quality photographs versus a younger goaltender. Lots to fix.
3. Horvat’s scoring
The Canucks’ spirit chief now has 20 goals immediately after scoring versus the Sharks on Monday. He’s been accomplishing anything he can this period to propel the Canucks nearer to their aspiration of: 1) making the playoffs and 2) evolving into a contender. That he’s scoring once again is a fantastic sign for a team that even now harbours (faint) playoff hopes. Horvat has goals in two straight game titles and 3 in eight game titles.
4. Playoff hopes
Next Monday’s unpleasant decline, HockeyViz.com assignments the Canucks as obtaining a 1-in-7 prospect of making the postseason. To say Wednesday’s video game in Anaheim and Thursday’s in Los Angeles are need to-get is not overstating the details.
5. Kesler’s woes
The broken down ex-Canuck keeps actively playing, but he has not scored due to the fact Nov. 6. He has just 4 goals on the period. Kesler even now has 3 years remaining immediately after this period on his contract, which carries a cap hit of $6,875,000 per period.
LW – C – RW
Josh Leivo — Elias Pettersson — Brock Boeser
Antoine Roussel — Bo Horvat — Jake Virtanen
Loui Eriksson — Jay Beagle — Tyler Motte
Nikolay Goldobin — Markus Granlund — Zack MacEwen
Chris Tanev — Erik Gudbranson
Ben Hutton — Troy Stecher
Derrick Pouliot — Alex Biega
Goalies: Jacob Markstrom, Michael DiPietro
Sven Baertschi (write-up-concussion syndrome), Thatcher Demko (knee), Alex Edler (concussion), Brandon Sutter (groin)
LW – C – RW
Rickard Rakell — Ryan Getzlaf — Corey Perry
Devin Shore — Ryan Kesler — Jakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie — Adam Henrique — Daniel Sprong
Brian Gibbons — Derek Grant — Carter Rowney
Cam Fowler — Josh Manson
Hampus Lindholm — Brandon Montour
Jaycob Megna — Michael Del Zotto
Goalies: Chad Johnson, Kevin Boyle
Ondrej Kase (shoulder), Ryan Miller (knee), John Gibson (higher body), Patrick Eaves (flu).
Electric power perform
Canucks: 16.1% (26th) Ducks: 14.9% (29th)
Canucks: 79.8% (18th) Ducks: 19.7% (20th)
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