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NHL Preview: Anaheim Ducks (21-35-8) at Vancouver Canucks (26-32-5)


MARCH 7, 2023 – ANAHEIM 2 at SEATTLE 5
The Ducks had their season-high five-game point streak snapped with a 4-1 loss to the Seattle Kraken Tuesday night at Climate Pledge Arena. Trevor Zegras scored the opening goal for the Ducks, his 21st of the season and 54th point, extending his team lead in points and goals. Scott Harrington earned his first point as a Duck with an assist on Zegras’ goal, his seventh of the season. Cam Fowler extended his assist streak to three games (0-3=3). Max Comtois scored his sixth goal of the season at 18:33 in the third period. Ryan Strome and Jakob Silfverberg each tallied assists. John Gibson stopped 26 shots in his 43rd start of the season.
PP: 0-3 PK: 1-2 SF: 22 SA: 31 TOI: Cam Fowler (24:03)
Three Stars: 1. J. McCann 2. M. Beniers 3. P. Grubauer

Mar. 10 Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome 6 p.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream
Mar. 12 Nashville Honda Center 6:30 p.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream
Mar. 15 NY Islanders Honda Center 7 p.m. BSW / Ducks Stream
Mar. 17 Columbus Honda Center 7 p.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream
Mar. 19 Vancouver Honda Center 5 p.m. BSW / Ducks Stream

Mar. 3 Acquired Brock McGinn and a 2024 third-round selection from Pittsburgh for D Dmitry Kulikov. Acquired D Andrej Sustr, C Nikita Nesterenko and a 2025 fourth-round selection from Minnesota for D John Klingberg. Acquired D Chase Priskie from Buffalo for D Austin Strand.

Man-Games Lost: 339

John Moore Upper-body Indefinite 64
Jamie Drysdale Torn labrum (shoulder) 4-6 months 56
Urho Vaakanainen Hip surgery 5-6 months 14
Anthony Stolarz Lower-body Week-to-week 12
Adam Henrique MCL sprain Week-to-week 6

TONIGHT’S GAME: The Anaheim Ducks face the Vancouver Canucks tonight at Rogers Arena in the second game of a back-to-back matchup and the midway point of a three-game road trip (7 p.m. PT, TV: TNT AUDIO: Ducks Stream). Anaheim enters tonight with points in five of their last six games (4-1-1) and a 4-2-2 mark the last eight contests. The Ducks have also earned points in 10 of the last 16 games overall (8-6-3) and are 9-7-3 the last 19 contests. The Ducks conclude their ninth set of back-to-back matchups tonight, posting a 2-11-4 mark overall (1-7-0- in the second contest). Anaheim continues its 14-game March schedule (1-1-1 to date), consisting of 10 home contest and four on the road. Following tonight’s game, the Ducks will head to Calgary for their third and final game of the road trip Friday, March 10 (6 p.m. PT) before returning to Orange County to face Nashville Sunday, Mar. 12 (6:30 p.m. PT).

ON THE MOVE: At the conclusion of the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline on March 3, Anaheim made seven transactions. The club acquired LW Brock McGinn, D Scott Harrington, D Andrej Sustr, C Nikita Nesterenko, D Chase Priskie, C Dylan Sikura and LW Josiah Slavin, and added two 2024 third-round selections and a 2025 fourth-round pick.


TV: Sportsnet Pacific, Sportsnet 360, TVA Sports, TNT
Radio: Sportsnet 650

• Tonight marks the second of four meetings between the Canucks and Ducks this season: Nov. 3 (8-5 W vs ANA), Mar. 8 (home), Mar. 19 (away), and Apr. 11 (away).

• Vancouver is 52-49-9-7 all-time against Anaheim, including a 28-27-2-3 record at home.

• The Canucks are 2-2-1 in their last 5 games against the Ducks (3-5-2 in their last ten).

• J.T. Miller (4-9-13 in 16 GP) and Conor Garland (3-10-13 in 19 GP) both lead active Canucks skaters in career points against Anaheim with 13.

• Elias Pettersson has 12 points (4-8-12) in 11 career games against the Ducks.

• Quinn Hughes has nine points (1-8-9) in seven career games against the Ducks.

• Andrei Kuzmenko has four points (3-1-4), including his first career hat-trick, in one career game against Anaheim.

• Tyler Myers leads all active Canucks skaters in career games played (22) against Anaheim.

• Thatcher Demko is 1-2-0 in three career games against the Ducks.

• Collin Delia has yet to face Anaheim in his career.

• Elias Pettersson has 23 points (11-12-23) in his last 15 games.

• Quinn Hughes has 15 points (0-15-15) in his last 13 games.

• Andrei Kuzmenko has 12 points (7-5-12) in his last 10 games.

• Anthony Beauvillier has 12 points (6-6-12) in his last 12 games.

• J.T. Miller has eight points (3-5-8) in his last eight games.

LAST MEETING – NOV. 3/22: VAN 8 vs ANA 5
Bo Horvat tied the game with his fifth powerplay goal in three games, at 19:40 in the first period…Elias Pettersson, and J.T. Miller each notched second period goals to give Vancouver a 3-2 lead after two periods…Dakota Joshua tallied his second goal of the season at 5:30 in the third period before Andrei Kuzmenko recorded a hat-trick for the first three-goal outing of his career…Horvat added an empty netter to seal an 8-5 victory for Vancouver…Elias Pettersson recorded his third career five-point game (1-4-5) and tied a career high for shots in a game (8)…Andrei Kuzmenko (3-1-4), Bo Horvat (2-1-3), and Quinn Hughes (0-2-2) also all recorded multi-point games…11 Canucks skaters factored on the scoresheet…Luke Schenn led the team in hits (5), while Ethan Bear led in blocks (5)…Vancouver had their most shots in a game (47) since Oct. 30/19 at LAK (49)…Spencer Martin faced 31 shots.

2022.23 TEAM RANKS
Goals For/Game 3.32 (t-10th) 2.51 (31st)
Goals Against/Game 3.87 (31st) 4.03 (32nd)
Power Play % 22.8 (t-10th) 16.5 (30th)
Penalty Kill % 67.9 (32nd) 73.6 (30th)
Penalty Min./Game 9:14 (20th) 11:51 (29th)
*Rankings are accurate as of 4:30pm PT on March 7, 2023

Elias Petterson registered his 300th career NHL point with the first goal of the night at 4:28 in the first period…Andrei Kuzmenko and Anthony Beauvillier recorded assists on the play…Vasily Podkolzin would reclaim the Canucks’ lead at 10:56 in the first…Kyle Burroughs got his first assist of the season with the primary helper…Christian Wolanin was credited with the secondary assist…Dakota Joshua scored his ninth of the season at 5:43 in the third period…Nils Åman and Quinn Hughes recorded assists…Elias Pettersson scored the game-deciding goal in the third round of the shootout…Arturs Silovs registered his first career shootout win by stopping all three Nashville attempts…J.T. Miller and Joshua co-led the team in hits (7).

• Nov. 3/22: VAN 8 vs ANA 5
• Feb. 19/22: VAN 4 vs ANA 7
• Dec. 29/21: VAN 2 at ANA 1 (OT)
• Nov. 14/21: VAN 1 at ANA 5
• Nov. 9/21: VAN 2 vs ANA 3 (OT)

• Guillaume Brisebois committed to a two-year contract extension, Mar. 7
• Arturs Silovs reassigned to Abbotsford, Mar. 7
• Arturs Silovs recalled under emergency conditions, Mar. 6
• Wyatt Kalynuk traded to New York Rangers in exchange for future considerations, Mar. 3
• Christian Wolanin, Noah Juulsen, Vasily Podkolzin, and Phillip Di Giuseppe assigned to Abbotsford (AHL), Mar. 3
• Aatu Räty, Christian Wolanin, Noah Juulsen, and Vasily Podkolzin assigned to Abbotsford (AHL), Mar. 3
• Curtis Lazar traded to New Jersey in exchange for a 2024 fourth-round pick, Mar. 3

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