The Vancouver Canucks look to get back to the Stanley Cup after losing last year in the first round of the playoffs as a number one seed; their first matchup is against the Anaheim Ducks at 10 PM ET.
Of course the Ducks will have their chances put on Teemmu Selanne. “I still feel that I have something to give and that I can still play on this high level,” Selanne said during a conference call to announce his return. “Even with the tough first half we had last year, I still enjoyed the game so much.”
David Booth is (groin) out 4-6 weeks. “With Dave being down, that’s a huge hole for us,” noted fourth-liner Dale Weise. “That’s a tough injury. He’s a big body, a good skater and can score goals. You can’t really replace a guy like that. Obviously it opens up a little more room on the right side. I think Zack Kassian is there right now and I think he’ll do a great job.”
“Whatever Hank and Danny want to give us at the end there,” he quipped, referring to the Sedin twins’ ability to sometimes spend an entire two minutes in the offensive zone. “I played a bunch on the power play last year. We’ll see what the coaches want to do with that.”
Vancouver is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against Anaheim. The total has gone OVER in 4 of Vancouver’s last 5 games when playing at home against Anaheim