Anaheim Ducks vs. Vancouver Canucks Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 3rd 2022

Stadium: Rogers Arena Vancouver
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The Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks already have plenty in common this season.

Both have already experienced seven-game losing streaks through their first 10 games, but they've also shown recent improvement heading into their first meeting of the season on Thursday night in Vancouver.

The Ducks are riding a two-game winning streak for the first time this season, having defeated the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in overtime on Sunday, and the San Jose Sharks 6-5 in a shootout on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game road trip.

"When you can bend and not break, and when you can learn to channel your emotions in the right direction, I think it's a great learning experience," Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said of the narrow wins.

 

 


 

Vancouver experienced its first two-game winning streak last week, posting victories against the Seattle Kraken and Pittsburgh Penguins before having another setback and falling to the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Tuesday.

"We come off practice and we seem to accomplish what we want to accomplish all the time," Vancouver coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We work our (expletive) off in practice, it's just, sometimes, it's not correlating into the game and that's the thing I don't really understand."

Boudreau pointed to one area in particular that needs improvement.

"We need our veteran guys and our better players to be our better players consistently, every day," Boudreau said. "Not just one good game here and one good game there."

Bo Horvat has been doing his part lately, scoring two goals in each of the past two games for Vancouver.

"Obviously, the puck's going in right now," Horvat said. "I'd rather be getting wins than scoring goals right now. I'd rather have none and be, obviously, 9-0, but it's not the way it's going right now."

Horvat has also been one of the league's better players in the faceoff circle, owning a 58.2 percent success rate.

That hasn't translated into success for the Canucks, who are 22nd in the NHL in faceoff win percentage at 48.5, while the Ducks are one spot ahead at 48.9.

"If Bo's not winning them, we don't have a lot of guys winning faceoffs," Boudreau said.

The Ducks have been receiving solid play from some of their youngest players.

Troy Terry has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) through 10 games, and Trevor Zegras has scored six goals, but veteran Adam Henrique didn't notch his first goal of the season until Tuesday night, when he scored twice in the win in San Jose.

Henrique had 19 goals in 58 games last season, and has scored at least 20 in two of his other four seasons in Anaheim.

"It certainly gets the monkey off his back," Eakins said. "When he got that first one, the bench was loud. It wasn't like just an ordinary goal, and then for him to grab another one, even better."

Several other Anaheim players are still looking for their first tallies, however.

Isac Lundestrom, who scored 16 goals for the Ducks last season, has yet to hit the back of the net. Neither has Mason McTavish, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft who scored in his first NHL game last season.

--Field Level Media

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Anaheim Ducks vs. Vancouver Canucks

Adam Henrique scored two goals for the visiting Anaheim Ducks in a 5-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

Derek Grant had a goal and an assist, Sam Steel and Brendan Guhle also scored, and John Gibson made 37 saves for the Ducks, who improved to 4-0-2 in their past six road games.

Elias Pettersson scored a power-play goal, and Thatcher Demko made 23 saves for the Canucks, who were unable to retake first place in the Pacific Division after the Edmonton Oilers won on Saturday and Sunday to move one point in front.

Henrique and Grant scored in the first period to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead.

Henrique made it 1-0 when he tried to send a cross-ice pass just above the crease to Troy Terry, but it went off the stick of Vancouver defenseman Troy Stecher and through Demko's pads at 5:38.

Grant extended his career-high goal total to 14 when he scored on a power play for a 2-0 lead at 12:22.

Ryan Getzlaf took the puck behind the Vancouver net and sent a backhand no-look pass to Grant, who lifted the puck high over the left shoulder of Demko, who was making his second start since Jan. 27.

Henrique scored his second goal on the power play for a 3-0 lead at 7:25 of the second period.

He was on the receiving end of a cross-ice pass from Terry and hit the net for his 20th goal of the season.

Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm was in the penalty box for delay of game when Pettersson scored to make it 3-1 at 11:00 of the second period.

The Ducks re-established a three-goal lead at 5:12 of the third period when Steel scored on a wrist shot from the right circle just as Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev knocked Ducks forward Rickard Rakell into Demko.

Guhle scored off a feed from Grant to make it 5-1 at 13:44.

--Field Level Media

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