Friday, October 31, 2008

Canucks Set For Halloween Clash in Anaheim

The Canucks will wrap up the month of October with their first back-to-back game scenario of the season as tonight they're in Anaheim to take on the Ducks.

Vancouver (5-5-0) is coming off their second shut-out performance of the year last night as they blanked the L.A. Kings 4-0 at the Staples Center. Roberto Luongo will likely get the start in this game, which will be his 500th career game in the NHL. He's been sharp in his last handful of starts, now sporting a save percentage of 91.1%.

The Canucks will likely go with the same line-up against the Ducks as they did against the Kings. Mike Brown will factor into the action for a second straight night to play alongside Ryan Johnson and Darcy Hordichuk.

As for the Ducks (6-5-0), they'll make one minor change to their line-up from their 5-4 overtime win Wednesday at home against the Detroit Red Wings. Former Canucks forward Brad May suffered a leg injury against the Wings and will be sidelined for a couple of weeks. Taking his spot will be tough guy George Parros, who's chipped in with a couple of goals already this season.

Anaheim is the hottest team in the league, having won five straight. Teemu Selanne is coming off his 21st career hat-trick in the win over Detroit while Ryan Getzlaf had a franchise-high five assists in that game. The Ducks are the league's most penalized team heading into the weekend, which is a good indicator that this game likely will come down to special teams.

Here are the expected line-ups for both teams heading into the action at the Honda Center:


D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Raymond
Pyatt - Wellwood - Bernier
Burrows - Kesler - Hansen
Hordichuk - Johnson - Brown

Mitchell - Bieksa
Ohlund - Edler
Salo - O'Brien



Chris Kunitz - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Brendan Morrison - Todd Marchant - Teemu Selanne
Travis Moen - Samuel Pahlsson - Rob Niedermayer
George Parros - Ryan Carter - Brian Sutherby

Francois Beauchemin - Scott Niedermayer
Bret Hedican - Chris Pronger
Kent Huskins - Steve Montador

J.S. Giguere
Jonas Hiller

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