Canucks visit struggling Ducks
The Vancouver Canucks will try to finish a six-game road trip with a third consecutive victory, and prove they've shaken off their supposed Stanley Cup finals hangover, Friday night in Anaheim.
The Canucks improved to 3-2-0 on their jaunt after beating Los Angeles 3-2 on Thursday, and the team appears to be bonding away from home.
"Sometimes you need a little quality time together at the start of the year," said Roberto Luongo, who made 28 saves against the Kings. "We're a good team, we know that. It's just a matter of getting it together, executing on the ice and working hard. We didn't win the Presidents' Trophy last year for nothing."
The power play has helped key Vancouver's resurgence. The Canucks are 7-for-12 with the man advantage over their last two games, and have averaged two goals per the last six games with a man advantage.
Vancouver (8-7-1) stormed out with three goals in a nine-minute span in the first against the Kings and then withstood the home team's late charge.
Veteran defenceman Sami Salo returned to the lineup from a nine-day absence by scoring his fourth goal already this season, while Andrew Ebbett showed what a shifty offensive asset he can be, scoring his first in a Vancouver uniform.
Defender Kevin Bieksa will likely play Friday despite taking stitches in the face against the Kings.
The Canucks will begin a three-game homestand on Sunday against the New York Islanders.
Left wing Daniel Sedin set up two goals and now has a team-high 20 points. Sedin has eight goals and 10 assists in his last 10 games against Anaheim.
Is it conceivable the Ducks could part ways with Randy Carlyle, who guided them to the Cup in 2007?
Carlylye's seventh season behind the bench has turned after a decent start over the first half of October.
Anaheim is on a six-game slide, having been shut out twice and outscored 21-8 over that span. The Ducks have just one win in the last 10, with only the hapless Columbus Blue Jackets below them in the West standings.
Goalie Jonas Hiller has born the brunt during the hard times, going 1-5-3 with a 3.54 goals-against average and .888 save percentage in his last nine games.
Veteran Ducks forward Teemu Selanne doesn't have a point in his last three games, but has nine goals and seven assists in his last 10 meetings with Vancouver.
With files from CBCSports.ca