Canucks fly south to meet Ducks

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

Vancouver Canucks will be singing "God Bless America" if they win tonight's exhibition game in Anaheim.

Tonight's meeting with the Mighty Ducks is the Canucks' first foray south of the border since beating the Sharks 4-1 in a regular season game on April 2, 2004 in San Jose. Canucks are 0-4 in pre-season play in Canadian rinks and have failed to score in the shootout in 14 attempts.

The latest pre-season defeat was Monday night in Calgary when the Flames were 3-2 winners in regulation time. Brendan Morrison had a goal and assist for the Canucks.

Flame Jarome Iginla was the only scorer in the demonstration shootout. Canucks Jarkko Ruutu, Ed Jovanovski and Richard Park failed to put the puck behind Calgary goaltender Philippe Sauve.

Matt Cooke and Anson Carter saw their first exhibition action at the Pengrowth Saddledome, but Todd Bertuzzi and Markus Naslund did not play. Ditto for twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin who were rested on their 25th birthday.

Canucks return to General Motors Place to host Calgary on Friday and Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

The Phoenix Coyotes along with their rookie head coach Wayne Gretzky will visit Vancouver one week from today to begin the NHL's regular season.


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