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The Vancouver Canucks will look to build on Monday’s loss to the Kings tonight as they take on the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center.

The Canucks played a physical game Monday but will need to put points on the board tonight after being shut out for the first time all season in Los Angeles.

Ducks Dominant

The Anaheim Ducks have made the Honda Center one of the NHL’s toughest buildings to play in this season with a 19-0-2 record on home ice. Look for the Canucks to ice a more focused game tonight as they attempt to hand the Ducks their first home regulation loss all season.

After Monday’s distracted debacle the Canucks will need to play a more disciplined road game tonight in Anaheim.

David Booth

David Booth needs to get his game going if he is to retain a spot on the roster.

Booth Back

David Booth is expected to return to action tonight after sitting out Monday’s game against the Kings in favour of the more physical Darren Archibald. Booth also missed the Canucks’ Super Skills competition over the weekend but appears to be good to go tonight against the Ducks.

Look for the longtime resident of John Tortorella’s doghouse to make an impact tonight as he attempts to prove he deserves to retain a permanent spot in the lineup.

Hiller So Hot Right Now

Jonas Hiller has been phenomenal for the Ducks this season and currently rides a 14-game winning streak heading into tonight’s game against the Canucks.

Hiller has allowed three goals or more in only three games during that streak and enters tonight’s game looking to extend a shutout streak after blanking the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

Look for the Canucks to get to the blue paint and give Hiller problems tonight at the Honda Center.

Getzlaf Good To Go

Ryan Getzlaf is expected to return to the lineup tonight after missing Sunday’s win over the Red Wings with a lower body injury. The Ducks captain is averaging over a point-per-game so far this season earning himself an easy spot on Team Canada’s Olympic roster in Sochi.

After struggling to contain Kings captain Dustin Brown look for the Canucks to focus on shutting down the Ducks’ big man tonight at the Honda Center.

Power Play Problems

While Vancouver’s penalty killing remains the best in the NHL the team’s power play unit has let them down lately. The Canucks are 0-8 with the man advantage of their last three games but will need to turn that around if another physical game is to be played tonight in Anaheim.

Vancouver’s penalty kill kept them in Monday’s battle with the Kings but a pathetic power play failed them with late opportunities to tie the game.

Look for another more crazy personnel decisions as John Tortorella looks to get is power play unit going.

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