The Vancouver Canucks (5-5-0) look to post consecutive wins for the first time since opening their season with back-to-back victories over the Flames tonight when they visit the Honda Center to wrap-up a short two-game road trip against the red hot Anaheim Ducks (6-5-0).
Last night, powered by Roberto Luongo’s 40th career shutout, the Vancouver Canucks scored an impressive 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings to improve their record back to an even .500. The victory was also significant as it saw the Sedin twins snap out of their respective slumps, with the both twins managing to hit the scoresheet in the same game for just the first time since October 11th. While a win tonight would be just as significant for a Canucks team that is hoping to get on a roll especially with stretch of six consecutive home games following tonight, it will be of major significance should Roberto Luongo pick up his sixth consecutive start as it will mark the 500th career game in his NHL career.
Standing in the Canucks’ way to a second straight win is an Anaheim Ducks team that boasts several familiar faces, none more so than Brendan Morrison who makes his regular season debut as a Duck against the Canucks. After a sluggish start to the season that saw them win just one game in their first six outings (1-5-0), the Anaheim Ducks are suddenly the hottest team in hockey having won their last five consecutive games. The Ducks will be facing a Northwest Division opponent for just the second time this season. They were on the wrong end of a 3-2 score against the Oilers back on October 15th. The Canucks took three of the four games in last year’s season series against the Ducks, but the Ducks won the most recent game back on March 12th – a 4-1 win at the Honda Center.
Tonight’s game faces off at 7:00pm PST and can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet Pacific.