Canucks Game Night – Offensive Skill, Art Makes Ducks Fly Higher

Can the Canucks keep scoring to become seventh heaven?

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BEN KUZMA CANUCKS GAME NIGHT

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GAME INFORMATION

CANUCKS VANCOUVER
14-15-2, 7th in Pacific Division
at ANAHEIM DUCKS
17-9-6, second in the Pacific Division

Tonight 7:30, Honda Center
TV: Sportsnet. Radio: Sportsnet 650

WHY SEE

Can the Canucks keep scoring to become seventh heaven?

The numbers since Bruce Boudreau took over as coaches are somewhat staggering. A victory would make him the sixth coach in NHL history to start 7-0-0 with a new club. The team’s numbers over Boudreau’s first six games reflect a notable change. The Canucks scored 3.17 goals per game (13th), allowed only 1.67 per outing (third), operated at a 31.3% efficiency rate in the power play (seventh) and 83.3% in penalties (13th). Under former coach Travis Green, the club went 8-15-2, scored 2.36 goals per game, gave up 3.16 per start, was 17.4 percent in the power game and 64.6 percent on the penalty. However, ducks present a problem. They have lost only once in regulation in the last 10 games (6-1-3) and beat the Canucks 5-1 on November 14.

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POINT LEADERS

CANUCKS

1. JT Miller GP 31 G 10 A 22 PTS 32 (+1)
2. Quinn Hughes GP 30 G 2 A 24 PTS 26 (+9)
3. Conor Garland GP 31 G 9 A 13 PTS 22 (+7)

Ducks

1. Troy Terry GP 31 G 18 A 12 PTS 30 (+3)
2. Trevor Zegras GP 30 G 8 A 17 PTS 25 (-6)
3. Sonny Milano GP 27 G 8 A 13 PTS 21 (+3)

SPECIAL TEAMS

CANUCKS: PP 19.6% (22nd) PK 67% (22nd)
Ducks : PP 26.7% (6th) PK 85.5% (6th)

THREE THINGS ABOUT THE OPPOSITION

• Timely assistance from Terry: Troy Terry had a 16-game points streak interrupted last month, but the return of hulking center Ryan Getzlaf from injury earlier this month was timely. Terry has three goals in his last three games. “The game seems easier when he’s out there,” Terry said. “It has the disk and it slows it down. He may not see me, but he definitely knows where I am. “

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• The timely touch of Milano: Sonny Milano’s hand-eye coordination on a standout goal on Dec. 7 at Buffalo remains the talk of the town. Trevor Zegras looked like he was going to attempt a lacrosse goal before throwing the puck from behind the Sabers’ net. Milano was there to hit him out of the air and the controversy broke out. Artistic and good for the game. Carnival sideshow and bad for the game.

• Health is really wealth: The defense never rests and being healthy to start this season has made a huge difference. Avoiding the injuries that knocked out Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson last season, and an unexpected offensive surge, has resulted in 23 goals from the rear, including six from Kevin Shattenkirk, five from Lindholm and four from Cam Fowler.

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