Monday, December 22, 2008

Canucks & Ducks Game Day

The Canucks and Ducks, both with identical 18-12-3 records meet for the second time this season. Their previous meeting was the nightmare on Halloween in Anaheim, where the Canucks blew a 5-2 lead, but wound up winning 7-6 in what proved to be a 26-player shoot-out.

The Canucks will have Mike Brown and Rob Davison come into the line-up tonight as Jason Jaffray and Lawrence Nycholat will be healthy scratches.

Daniel and Henrik Sedin have combined for eight points in their last three straight games. Daniel (3g,2a) and Henrik (3a) will continue to skate with Jannik Hansen, who has points in back-to-back outtings (1g,2a).

The Ducks do not have the services of their leading power play weapon Teemu Selanne, who's out up to a month after slicing open his quad muscle last Friday in Edmonton. Although they didn't skate in their line combos today, it sounds like Bobby Ryan will take the spot of Selanne on the power play and he'll likely skate 5-on-5 on a line with Brendan Morrison and Todd Marchant. Marchant is playing in his 1000th NHL game tonight.

Here are the expected line-ups for both clubs:


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

Mitchell - Bieksa
O'Brien - Edler
Ohlund - Davison



Chris Kunitz - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Brendan Morrison - Todd Marchant - Bobby Ryan
Travis Moen - Samuel Pahlsson - Rob Neidermeyer
Brad May - Ryan Carter - George Parros

Scott Neidermeyer - Brett Festerling
Chris Pronger - Nathan McIver
Steve Montador - Bret Hedican

Jonas Hiller
Jean-Sebastien Giguere

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