Goaltending will be the concentrate when the Vancouver Canucks (25-25-7) open up a 3-activity California highway trip tonight from the struggling Anaheim Ducks (21-26-9) at Honda Centre.
The Canucks will go with Jacob Markstrom in internet two times soon after he was unable to perform in Monday’s activity thanks to back again spasms. Newcomer Marek Mazanec, who was obtained yesterday from the New York Rangers for a 2020 seventh spherical draft select, arrived in Anaheim this early morning and is slated to back again up tonight. Mazanec has been recalled from on an unexpected emergency foundation letting the Canucks to continue to keep Michael DiPietro on the roster in situation Markstrom’s back again concerns flare up once again.
With DiPietro creating his 1st NHL begin on Monday, the Canucks obtained shelled 7-2 by San Jose. Bo Horvat and Derrick Pouliot scored the Vancouver ambitions. Horvat has scored in back again to back again games and has reached the 20-target mark for the next consecutive time. He’s just two ambitions shy of matching his vocation-large of 22 set in 64 games very last time. Pouliot’s target was his third of the time and the 20th by a Canuck defenseman. The group scored 21 all of very last time. Monday’s target was Pouliot’s 1st given that he scored right here in Anaheim on November 21st.
On Tuesday, the Canucks recalled centre Adam Gaudette from Utica. Last year’s Hobey Baker Award winner has appeared in 32 games with the Canucks this time and has scored in 2 of his very last 4 NHL games such as his very last activity on January 10th from Arizona.
Gaudette skated with Zack MacEwen and Markus Granlund this early morning. It appears he’ll replace Nikolay Goldobin in the Canuck line-up.
Tonight is the begin of a 3 games in 4 evening trek by way of the Golden Condition. The Canucks are -2-1 in their previous 3 highway games and 1-4-1 in their very last six.
The Ducks begin a new period tonight with Standard Manager Bob Murray powering the bench. With the workforce in a totally free fall on a seven-activity dropping streak and with just two victories in its previous 21 (2-15-4), Randy Carlyle was relieved of his duties on Sunday. Murray has never ever coached in the Countrywide Hockey League but mentioned he felt it was vital to go powering the bench to get a feeling of what’s improper with the hockey club he has constructed.
Anaheim fell 6-2 in Philadelphia in its very last outing on Saturday in Randy Carlyle’s final activity as head coach. Adam Henrique and Nick Ritchie scored the Ducks ambitions and rookie Kevin Boyle built 24 will save in relief in his NHL debut. He will make his 1st NHL begin this evening with former Canuck Ryan Miller serving as the back again-up.
The numbers are stunning. The Ducks have been outscored 37-8 on their seven-activity skid and 82-34 more than their previous 21 given that December 18th. Perhaps the most-weird statistic is that the 21-activity tailspin came promptly on the heels of a 9-1 stretch for the Ducks from November 27th to December 17th.
Anaheim is the lowest-scoring workforce in the league with 124 ambitions – 10 ambitions powering the Los Angeles Kings. Hardly a surprise, the Ducks are 29th in the league on the power perform at 14.9% and ahead of only Montreal and Nashville. The Ducks are tied with Ottawa and New Jersey with the fewest wins in the league this time (21).
Jakob Silfverberg leads the workforce with 12 ambitions although captain Ryan Getzlaf leads the Ducks in scoring with 36 factors. He is the only participant on the roster with extra than 30 factors this time.
Perhaps no a person illustrates the plight of the Ducks superior than former Canuck Ryan Kesler who has 4+2=6 in 48 games this time and is at present mired in a 22-activity pointless stretch courting back again to an assist on December 2nd at Washington. Kesler, who is 11 games away from 1,000 in his NHL vocation, has not scored in his very last 35 games given that November 6th from LA.
Michael Del Zotto has appeared in six games for the Ducks soon after remaining obtained from the Canucks on January 17th. Concerning the Canucks struggles previously in the time and Anaheim’s difficulties of late, Del Zotto has tasted victory just when in the very last 20 games he’s appeared in (1-17-2) – when Vancouver received in LA on November 24th.
Tonight is just the Ducks next activity on The Pond given that January 11th. They had a pair of 5-activity highway visits divided by just a single dwelling visual appeal from St. Louis on January 23rd. Their very last dwelling acquire was December 12th from Dallas. In general, the workforce has two victories in the very last 57 times.
The Ducks defeat the Canucks 4-3 in the lone assembly among the teams so much this time. Anaheim even now has to make a pair of visits to Vancouver more than the final two months of the timetable.
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