NHL second-round previews

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

WESTERN CONFERENCE

(2) ANAHEIM DUCKS VS. (3) VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Season series: Ducks 3-0-1; Canucks scored just six goals in the four games.

Last playoff meeting: Have never met in postseason play.

The skinny: With outspoken Ducks GM Brian Burke facing his former team, there will be no shortage of storylines for left coast reporters covering the series . . . If the Canucks were shut out three times against Dallas, how do they expect to compete against a Ducks team that allowed just 1.5 goals per outing in four regular-season games against Vancouver? . . . Canucks all-world goalie Roberto Luongo fared poorly against the Ducks, losing each of his three starts against them . . . Ducks goalie J-S Giguere, meanwhile, had a sparkling 1.46 goals-against average versus Vancouver . . . Anaheim's Teemu Selanne led all scorers on both teams in head-to-head play with six points in four games during the regular campaign.

Hurting: Ducks F Todd Marchant continues to recover from his sports hernia surgery and is unavailable to start the series. F Brad May is believed to have a hand injury although he won't confirm it. In any event he's still under suspension for the first two games of the Canucks series . . . Vancouver F Ryan Kessler (broken finger) and F Matt Cooke (groin) are out. D Kevin Bieksa has been feeling ill and underwent blood work tests yesterday. The Canucks called up D Alexander Edler from their AHL Manitoba farm club.

Possible playoff hero: Ducks F Ryan Getzlaf scored a highlight reel goal against the Wild in the first round and seems to be coming into his own . . . Canucks F Taylor Pyatt provided some clutch goals against the Stars in the opening round and will be looked upon to keep up the trend, especially with the disappearance of captain Markus Naslund.


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