CANUCKS LOOK FOR CONSECUTIVE WINS ON CALIFORNIA ROAD TRIP
The Vancouver Canucks (2 8-36-13) end their 2-game Californian road trip tonight against the Anaheim Ducks (43-23-10), finishing off their 5-game season series.
Anaheim is 2-0-2 in the previous four games between the two Pacific division rivals.
Vancouver played last night in San Jose, where Jannick Hansen scored the winning goal, his 20th of the season,and picked up an assist, as the Canucks snapped a 9 game “winless” streak (0-8-1).
Daniel Sedin, Bo Horvat, and Markus Granlund had a goal in support, with Alex Burrows and Henrik Sedin earning an assist each. Ryan Miller stopped 32 of 34 shots for a .941 Sv%, in the Canucks first win since March 12 against the Nashville Predators.
Anaheim enters the game on a winning note, defeating the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night 8 to 3.
The Ducks have won five of their last seven games(5-1-1), and are 31-8-4 since Dec. 26, the best record in the NHL. They are one point behind the Los Angeles for top spot in the Pacific Division.
Look for Jacob Markstrom to start in goal for the Canucks, coming off a 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
He is 11-13-4 on the season, with a 2.63 GAA and .917 Sv% with no shutouts.
Markstrom is 2-6-0 in his last 8 games, and has lost his last five starts, through no fault of his own. The Canucks in supporting him have only scored 3 goals and surrendered 16 goals. He has faced 169 shots, stopping 154, for a .911 Sv%, in his five losses.
For the Ducks, John Gibson is expected to get the start. He is 19-11-3 for the season, with a 2.04 GAA and .920 Sv%, with 4 shutouts.