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The Vancouver Canucks (26-16-3) return to action after the All-Star break and open a six-game home stand when they host the league-leading Anaheim Ducks (31-10-6) tonight at Rogers Arena. The Canucks have not played since a 4-1 loss in Tampa Bay at the end of a five game road trip one week ago tonight. Of their 37 remaining games, the Canucks will play 21 in front of their home fans, however, they have dropped two straight on home ice (3-1 vs FLA and 1-0 vs CGY), are 4-5 in their past nine at home and are 7-7-1 in 15 games at Rogers Arena since the start of November. Ryan Miller is expected to make his fifth straight start in goal. He allowed four goals in four starts with two shutouts on the road trip. In January, he is 4-3 with a 1.59 GAA and a .947 save percentage. Radim Vrbata had one goal and one assist at the All-Star Game in Columbus on Sunday. He has five goals in his past 10 NHL games and 12 goals in his last 26. Alex Burrows has one goal and three points in his past four games. Brad Richardson (ankle) appears as if he’ll miss a third straight game. The Canucks begin life without Kevin Bieksa who suffered a broken hand blocking a shot in Tampa. Meanwhile, tonight marks Dan Hamhuis’ first home game since a serious groin tear early in a November 20th game against the Ducks. Bo Horvat scored his first NHL goal that night, a 4-3 shootout loss. The Canucks penalty killing remains one of the team’s hallmarks. The Canucks have killed off 16 straight penalties in their past four games. They are 33/36 (91.7%) on the PK in January and 67/72 (93.1%) in 21 games since December 1st. Overall, they are second in the NHL on the penalty kill (88.3%). The Ducks arrive in Vancouver on a roll having won five in a row prior to the All-Star break. They are 7-1 in their past eight games. With 68 points in 47 games, they are three points ahead of Nashville for top spot in the overall standings. They are 12 clear of San Jose in the race for first in the Pacific Division. Statistically, Anaheim is not the dominant team their record suggests: goals per game (13th), shots per game (10th), goals against per game (14th), shots against per game (11th), PP (17th), PK (18th), five-on-five goals for/against (13th), Corsi (12th) and Fenwick (10th). However, the Ducks find ways to grind out victories, being a remarkable 22-0-6 in one-goal games. They are also 22-0-5 when opening the scoring. Their lone all-star, Ryan Getzlaf had one goal and one assist in Columbus on Sunday. He leads the team with 15 goals and 50 points, and enters play tonight seventh in NHL scoring and tied for third in assists. Ryan Kesler has 13 goals and 30 points in his first season in Anaheim. He scored in a 6-3 win over Calgary in the Ducks final game before the All-Star break. That was his first goal and just his third point in 11 games since Christmas. He leads the team in shots on goal (139) and is second on the club with 48 PIM. Frederik Anderson is expected to start in goal. He is 6-0 in January with a 2.41 GAA and .922 save percentage. The Ducks have won four straight in Vancouver and, overall, are 8-0-1 in their last nine against the Canucks and 10-1-2 in their past 13. All three of the games between these teams this season have been settled after 60 minutes of play with each team winning a shootout on the road and the Ducks beating the Canucks 2-1 on Cam Fowler’s overtime goal on December 28th in Anaheim. The Ducks will return to Vancouver to finish the regular-season series on Monday March 9th. Paul Molitor Brewers - NFL owners have unanimously approved the sale of the Buffalo Bills. Wily Peralta Brewers Jersey. 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"This whole playoffs its been fun to do that," the 34-year-old Richards said Tuesday. "When I was in Tampa, Marty also, we didnt really have a clue what we were doing. "We were first time through it, leaning on other people, older people, asking them all the questions. Its fun to try to gather the group and talk about things. This group has come together so much and they ask a lot of questions. They make fun of us a lot for doing that, too, but its fun to try to help out that way." The Rangers are two wins away from a trip to the Stanley Cup final after taking the opening two games of the NHL Eastern Conference final from the Canadiens in Montreal. They swamped the flat-footed Canadiens 7-2 in the series opener on Monday afternoon, but then needed a 40-save effort from goalie Henrik Lundqvist to pull out a 3-1 win in a major Montreal push-back on Monday night. Game 3 is set for Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. In 2004, the Canadiens came back to beat Boston in the opening round but then were swept by the Lightning. This year, Montreal is again coming off a Game 7 win over the Bruins and is in danger of losing in four straight to the Rangers. That has Richards, a P.E.I. native who played junior hockey in Quebec with the 2000 Memorial Cup champion Rimouski Oceanic, and Montreal native St. Louis at 6-0 in career playoff games against the Canadiens. Their message to teammates who havent won a Cup is to not let the opportunity slip away. "Weve been to the conference final twice in three years, thats very rare," said Richards. "Look at teams around the league that you think are going to have chances to win Cups every year and it just doesnt happen. "Its very tough. I havent been back to a final since 04. I just try to hammer that stuff home." And despite taking the first two games on enemy ice, the conference final is far from over even if Montreals star goalie Carey Price is out with a suspected right knee injury for the rest of the series. The Canadiens had the puck most of the first period on Monday but came out of it down 2-1 due to an unlucky bounce on a shot from the red-hot Ryan McDonagh and blast on the rush from Rick Nash that was perhaps third-string goalie Dustin Tokarskis only big mistake. Montreal will no doubt come out hard again in Game 3. "Im sure they have more," said Richards. "And you dont always roll the dice that your goalies going to stop all those shots. "They could come with less and score two goals. You just never know. But youve got to give yourself an opportunity and thats by holding onto pucks and getting it down the other end. We did that in Game 1, but in Game 2... youre playing with fire is what Im trying to say." Montreal coach Michel Theerrien said his team is confident it can still win the series if it gives up fewer odd-man rushes and keeps up the fast-paced game it brought on Monday night.dddddddddddd "I believe that we will turn it around," said Therrien. "Yes, the first game was tough for us emotionally and physically. "We didnt get much time between Game 7 (against Boston) and Game 1 (against the Rangers), and it was an afternoon game. It shows in the result. But I thought we regrouped really well. We were a team that played with a lot of energy, that was pushing the pace, and we played a solid game." Therrien spoke to the media on a conference call while his players took what he said was a much-needed day off. They will practice on Tuesday before flying to New York. "The only thing that were going to focus on is to make sure weve got another solid game in New York," he said. "You get one win and after that, the momentum can change really quickly in the playoffs." There is also the chance of fatigue setting in on the Rangers, whose first two rounds went seven games each. Therrien touched off a debate by giving Tokarski his first NHL playoff start over regular backup Peter Budaj, who let in three goals on eight shots after subbing for Price in the third period of the series opener. It seemed like a hunch. The 24-year-old Tokarski, who has played only 10 NHL regular season games over five years with Tampa Bay and Montreal, has a history of winning championships at the junior and AHL levels, while Budaj has a career 0-2-0 NHL playoff record. It appeared Therrien will stick with Tokarski, at least for Game 3. He said Tokarski played well and wasnt the reason they lost. He also liked what he saw of Alex Galchenyuk, who missed the final two games of the regular season and the first 12 playoff games with a knee problem. The gifted forward taken third overall in the 2012 draft skated on left wing on the second line with Tomas Plekanec and Thomas Vanek. "For a guy that hadnt played for six weeks, I thought he did well," said Therrien. "Especially because this is not regular season pace, this is a playoff pace. "I thought Alex was capable, made some plays. The more the series goes on, the more were going to see Alex get better and better." It should be a happy homecoming for Rangers sniper Nash, who was without a goal in the playoffs and endured some booing in New York before the team got to Montreal. Then he scored in each of the first two games. "Ive tried to stay positive through this whole thing," said Nash. "The teams winning, and thats all I care about. "But I want to do what I can to help the team win, and its frustrating when you cant help offensively and youre supposed to." After Game 2, coach Alain Vigneault said he had an inkling that Montreal would start Tokarski, who he referred to as "that gentleman." Asked if he had another inkling for Game 3, Vigneault said: "I do, but Im not willing to share it with you." 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