The Vancouver Canucks will try to earn two home wins in a row versus division rivals, when the Anaheim Ducks come to town.
The Pacific Division playoff picture is coming into focus, and for the Vancouver Canucks it isn’t good news.
They are one of two teams that are falling behind in the race — the other being the Arizona Coyotes. Vancouver sits eight points out of third in the division, and six points out of a wild card spot.
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Those are tough odds to overcome. But, there is good news. The Canucks just beat one of the teams they are chasing, the L.A. Kings. They have a chance to gain two more points tonight against the Anaheim Ducks, who currently hold third place in the Pacific.
The Canucks will try to beat Anaheim for the first time this season.
Ryan Kesler: Don’t look now, but the former Canuck is leading the Ducks in points, and is second on the team in goals.
Rickard Rakell: With 15 goals already, Rakell is approaching a new career high in goals despite only playing 25 games. He scored 20 in 72 games last year.
WHO’S ON DEFENCE:
Cam Fowler: Fowler leads the Ducks in points by a defenseman, with 22. By contrast, the Canucks’ leading d-man is Troy Stecher, who has 10.
WHO’S IN NET:
John Gibson: Before last night’s game versus Calgary, Gibson had only posted a save-percentage above .900 in one of his previous five starts. With Jonathan Bernier not faring any better, the Ducks young number one needs to step up his game.