Canucks need puck luck against Ducks

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

Vancouver Canucks can't avoid the fact that they'll have more losses than wins in November.

Canucks are 5-7 so far in the NHL's second month. They'll need a goal-scoring boost against the league-leading Anaheim Ducks tonight (7 p.m., Team 1040/pay-per-view).

Canucks lost a pair this month by 6-0 scores, including one to the Ducks Nov. 9, and have been outscored 10-2 by opponents in the last three games.

They eked out a 1-0 win over the Western Conference's last-place Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday. When Vancouver has scored more than two goals, it has won seven times and lost just once.

Head coach Alain Vigneault pointed the finger at one of the usual suspects: "Puck luck."

"We have to find a way to start scoring more goals," added defenceman Mattias Ohlund. "I do think the key for us to be successful is to play good defensively."

Since last season, Canucks have dropped four consecutive games to the 18-8 Ducks. You could say they've become mightier this season since deleting the Mighty from their nickname. The shootout, however, may be Anaheim's only weakness. Of the six Ducks' losses beyond regulation time, five were in the shootout.

Ducks landed in Vancouver after a 3-2 Tuesday win over Edmonton. Ryan Getzlaf had the OT winner after Chris Kunitz tied the game with 17 seconds left in regulation.


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