Canucks welcome Morrison, not the Ducks
Brendan Morrison will be back in Vancouver on Monday night as the Anaheim Ducks pay the Canucks a visit.
Both clubs head into the game with a record of 18-12-3.
Morrison won't receive the same kind of rapturous response former captain Trevor Linden did last week, but he should still get a healthy round of applause.
He was a team player during his lengthy Vancouver tenure, scoring 136 goals and 257 assists over seven seasons. At one point, he played 542 consecutive games, among the longest streaks ever in the NHL.
Morrison's numbers haven't been great in his season with the Ducks — four goals and four assists in 31 games — but there are encouraging signs. He has scored two winning goals in the last five games, and all but one of his points have come in the last 17 contests.
He will be among a number of Anaheim forwards expected to up the ante, with leading goal-scorer Teemu Selanne out of the lineup for at least four weeks after suffering a cut to his left quad muscle in Edmonton on Friday.
The Ducks held off the Oilers, winning 3-2 in a shootout. Jonas Hiller was the main reason, making a whopping 51 saves.
Rob Niedermayer scored short-handed and Corey Perry on the power play for Anaheim, which won for the fourth time in six games. Sophomore forward Bobby Ryan appears to be sticking for good this time with the Ducks, impressively setting up the second Anaheim goal for his 11th point in 15 games.
Goalie Jean-Sébastien Giguère has returned to the club after the death of his father but it is unclear who will get the call in net.
Canucks struggle on power play
Vancouver played well enough to win against most teams on Saturday night, but most teams right now aren't the Chicago Blackhawks. The Canucks fell 3-1 to the hottest team in the NHL, with an empty-net goal sealing the result.
Vancouver couldn't capitalize on its chances against Chicago at GM Place. The Canucks scored early in the game when Daniel Sedin put away a loose puck just under four minutes into the contest, but not again.
Daniel and brother Henrik, who drew an assist, each have points in their last three games.
The power play was shut out for the second consecutive Hockey Night in Canada appearance. Vancouver came into the game 14th in the NHL with the man advantage, but went 0-for-6.
Mason Raymond was undoubtedly frustrated after the game. Raymond had a couple of great chances to beat Chicago goalie Cristobal Huet, but is now without a goal in seven games. Steve Bernier hasn't scored in five games.
The Ducks and Canucks played a scary game for goaltenders on Oct. 31. Perry had a goal and four assists for Anaheim in the 7-6 contest, which required 13 rounds in the shootout to decide the outcome.
Bernier had two goals for Vancouver in that game, with Kevin Bieksa adding a goal and two assists.
Such a contribution from Bieksa or any other defenceman would be welcomed by the Canucks on Monday. Alex Edler's goal five games ago against Nashville was the last scored by a Vancouver defender.
The Canucks will return after a holiday break on Friday with a home game against Edmonton.