Canucks-Ducks Preview

The Associated Press

The Vancouver Canucks came the closest to ending the Anaheim Ducks' current seven-game win streak but ultimately couldn't slow down a red-hot offense earlier this month at the Honda Center.

After a low-scoring output in their latest game, the Ducks, who hope to have captain Ryan Getzlaf back on the ice, look to get their offense back on track for Wednesday night's rematch with the Canucks.

Vancouver (24-14-9) held a 2-0 lead after the first period Jan. 5 in Anaheim and led by one goal with less than two minutes to go. Nick Bonino, though, tallied the tying score for the Ducks with 1:27 left in regulation, and Corey Perry scored with 1.3 seconds remaining in overtime for a 4-3 victory.

The Ducks (35-8-5) have won three of their last seven games by one goal. They got the go-ahead score in a 4-3 victory in Nashville on Thursday in the second period and stymied Detroit in a 1-0 win Sunday.

Jonas Hiller made 22 saves in his 14th consecutive win, and Anaheim overcame Getzlaf's absence due to a lower-body injury to improve to 19-0-2 at home. The Ducks' leading scorer was hurt while blocking a shot with his right foot in Saturday's 5-3 win in Phoenix.

Andrew Cogliano tallied the lone goal Sunday, his sixth in 10 games. Anaheim, winners in 17 of 18, had scored four or more goals in each of its prior six games (29 total).

Getzlaf was at practice Tuesday and could return in time to help Anaheim try to match the NHL's fifth-longest home point streak to start a season. San Jose started 20-0-2 in 2008-09, and the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers hold the record at 26 games.

The Ducks will face a Vancouver team that's still seeking consistency. The Canucks snapped a five-game skid with a 2-1 win over visiting St. Louis on Friday but fell 1-0 in a penalty-filled game in Los Angeles on Monday.

Vancouver drew 69 penalty minutes, its most in a game in six seasons, and many in retaliation for Kings captain Dustin Brown injuring goaltender Roberto Luongo in a 3-1 loss Jan. 4. Eddie Lack gave up one goal for the second straight game but the Canucks were shut out for the first time this season while dropping to 1-3-3 in their last seven.

Vancouver scored two goals or fewer for the ninth time in 12 games but coach John Tortorella was pleased overall with his team's effort.

"I thought, in all parts of our game, that we played well. We didn't capitalize on a couple of offensive chances and we make a mistake early in the third (period) and they scored," he said. "There were a lot of things I thought we stepped out of and into a different level. ... We've just got to keep working at it."

Luongo is considered day-to-day with an ankle injury, and Lack has started the past four games for Vancouver, including the loss in Anaheim. Lack was also in net for a 3-1 road loss to the Ducks on Nov. 10

Hiller hasn't lost since Dec. 3, matching four other goalies for the second-longest winning streak in a single season in NHL history. His streak is the league's longest in two decades, and trails only Gilles Gilbert's 17-game run for Boston during the 1975-76 season.

"It's nice to make a name for myself, but winning as a team is what it's about," said Hiller, who has a 1.97 goals-against average during his run.

Perry has six points (four goals, two assists) in his last six matchups with Vancouver. Getzlaf has scored one goal in his last 10 games against Vancouver but has contributed six assists.

Vancouver's Henrik Sedin has one goal and 11 assists in his last eight games versus Anaheim. He had assists on all three goals in the Jan. 5 loss at the Honda Center.

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