NHL Hockey

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2:00 PM PT3:00 PM MT4:00 PM CT5:00 PM ET22:00 GMT6:00 3:00 PM MST5:00 PM EST2:00 UAE (+1)17:00 ET19:00 BRT, February 16, 2020
Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia  Attendance: 18,871

Hot Markstrom looks to help Canucks stifle Ducks

Anaheim Ducks at Vancouver Canucks

  1. Anaheim has gone 20-5-4 (.759) against Vancouver since the 2013-14 season, the best record between any Western Conference divisional opponents in that span (excludes series involving Vegas). Anaheim has won four of the last five between these teams, with each of the four wins decided by one goal.
  2. Anaheim lost to Calgary on Thursday, 6-0. This was Anaheim's first game being shut out and allowing at least six goals since February 26, 2009. Only five NHL teams have suffered such a loss this season.
  3. Vancouver beat Chicago at home on Wednesday, 3-0. Vancouver has now gone 11-1-0 on home ice dating back to December 19, second best in the NHL (Tampa Bay, 10-0-1). This is Vancouver's first time winning 11 of 12 home games since February-April 2009.
  4. Brandon Sutter lit the lamp in a second straight game on Wednesday, and he also assisted on two goals, his first multi-assist game since October 20, 2017. Sutter has not scored a goal in three straight games since December 2016.
  5. Adam Gaudette scored a goal on Wednesday and now has two goals and two assists over his three-game point streak. His two goals in February are the same number he combined for in December and January. Five of his six multi-point games this season have come at home.
  6. Ryan Getzlaf finished with a -5 rating in Anaheim's last game, the worst mark by any Ducks' player since Cam Fowler on February 16, 2011. There have only been six players in the NHL this season to finish a game with a -5 rating.

The Vancouver Canucks will try to maintain their slim lead in the Pacific Division when they host the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday afternoon.

The Canucks came into Saturday with a three-point cushion over the Edmonton Oilers, Vegas Golden Knights and Calgary Flames.

The game against Anaheim is the only one in a six-day stretch for the Canucks, making it likely Jacob Markstrom starts in goal for the sixth straight game. He's coming off a career-high 49-save effort in a 3-0 win against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

"We've got to tighten up. We can't give Marky that much work on a daily basis," Vancouver forward Bo Horvat told reporters after the win. "He's a brick wall back there and it's nice to have, but we have to clean it up a bit."

The Ducks were on the other side of a stellar goalie performance in their last game. They sent 44 shots at Flames goalie Cam Talbot on Thursday night and he stopped them all in a 6-0 victory, ending a season-high five-game point streak for Anaheim.

"We've got to have more jam in those games," Ducks coach Dallas Eakins told reporters after the loss. "You've got to find a way to get one more body to the net, or one more puck to the net. We learn from these. As much as you want to keep point streaks going, I think a kick in the rear end is good for you every once and a while."

Talbot's only shutout last season came against the Ducks, and the same for Markstrom, who had 29 saves in a 4-0 win against visiting Anaheim on Feb. 25, the only win for Vancouver in a three-week stretch.

Vancouver was the hotter team when it hosted Anaheim in their only meeting this season on Nov. 1, but the Ducks pulled off a 2-1 overtime win. Markstrom gambled and came out of his net on a breakaway by Ryan Getzlaf in overtime, but the veteran center pulled the puck away from the goalie and scored into the open net.

The Ducks would follow that victory with a five-game winless streak and it would be another 2 1/2 months before they won two games in a row again.

Scoring has been their Achilles' heel again this season.

After finishing last in the league in goals per game last season (2.39), the Ducks have only risen two spots this season (2.47).

"We're a team that's challenged to score goals, so we have to be on point right away defensively, and to a man, and that includes all ages on our team," Eakins said. "Not just our young guys, who we talk a lot about here, but our veteran guys have to be much better."

Vancouver seems to have solved its scoring issues this season. The Canucks are ranked 10th in scoring (3.22) after finishing tied for 25th last season (2.67).

"Sometimes, I wonder where the goals are going to come from, but we scratch and claw," Canucks coach Travis Green said.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 15, 2020

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