Canucks-Ducks Preview

The Associated Press

The Anaheim Ducks are among the best teams in the NHL, and Andrew Cogliano is certainly doing his part.

They're looking to keep it that way for the another four years.

Fresh off signing a contract extension, Cogliano looks to continue his scoring surge and help the Ducks to another win over the slumping Vancouver Canucks.

Anaheim (30-8-5) is one point back of NHL-leading Chicago, thanks in large part to winning 12 of 13 games while averaging 3.8 goals. The Ducks are also the only team in the league without a home loss in regulation (16-0-2).

Cogliano is on pace for his best season since getting a career-high 45 points as a rookie with Edmonton in 2007-08.

The speedy center has 13 goals and 12 assists with a plus-16 rating, and he has six of each over the last 12 games while posting a plus-13 rating. He's found the net once in four of the past five contests, including Friday's 5-2 win over the Oilers.

The Ducks recognized him as part of their future Saturday, signing him to a four-year, $12 million extension. He was aiming to stay in Anaheim instead of testing free agency after the season.

"I'm really happy it came together," Cogliano said. "Coming into this year, my goal was to play good enough to get an extension. There was never an idea I wanted to get into free agency and hit a home run."

He becomes the latest member of the Ducks to sign a long-term extension, joining forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and defenseman Cam Fowler.

Cogliano may be in position to celebrate his new contract with another productive effort. He has 13 points in 15 career meetings with the Canucks (23-13-7), including seven in eight games with Anaheim.

He's scored all of those points in five wins over that stretch, including a goal in a 3-1 home win Nov. 10.

Perry had a goal and an assist in that matchup, giving him six and seven, respectively, over his past 11 versus the Canucks. He leads Anaheim with 22 goals, but has gone a season-high seven games without finding the net.

Jonas Hiller will likely be back in net. He only needed 16 saves against Edmonton to extend the longest winning streak in team history to 10 games, during which he's compiled a 1.97 goals-against average.

Hiller, though, has lost his last two home games versus the Canucks while giving up nine goals on 50 shots.

Vancouver is trying to stop a three-game slide after being outshot 49-28 in a 3-1 at Los Angeles on Saturday night.

"In our division, we're going to have to learn to battle harder, and it starts with our forwards, as far as the forecheck," coach John Tortorella said. '"Our 'D' was under siege all night long, and if we're going to compete in our division, we need to be more consistent."

Ryan Kesler is looking for some consistency after scoring a goal against the Kings, ending his 10-game drought. Of the center's 16 goals, 12 have come on the road. However, he was kept off the score sheet and was a minus-2 at Anaheim on Nov. 10.

Kesler hasn't scored there in seven visits.

It's unclear if Tortorella will turn to Luongo after he made 46 saves Saturday after missing three games with a lower-body injury.

Luongo, though, is 1-5-1 with a 4.59 GAA over his last eight games at Anaheim, while backup Eddie Lack had 20 saves there in November.