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Sunday, January 5th (All times Eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (23-13-7) at Anaheim Ducks (30-8-5), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The rolling Anaheim Ducks will shoot for a 13th win in 14 games when they host the Vancouver Canucks in Sunday's Pacific Division battle at Honda Center.

In addition to posting 12 wins in their last 13 outings overall, the Ducks, who lead the Pacific by seven points over San Jose, still haven't suffered a regulation loss on home ice this season.

Friday's 5-2 home victory against the Edmonton Oilers boosted Anaheim's superb record as the host this season to 16-0-2. The Ducks are the only team in the NHL yet to lose in regulation at home in 2013-14.

Ben Lovejoy was the unlikely offensive star in Friday's win against Edmonton, as the defenseman recorded the first two-goal game of his career in the win. Lovejoy has seven goals in 171 career games and three of them have come this season.

The two-goal performance also came just three days after Lovejoy's wife delivered the couple's first child, a daughter, on New Year's Eve.

"Great feeling, great win," said Lovejoy. "It?s been an awesome couple of days, and I would love to keep it going. It was pretty special."

Kyle Palmieri also notched a goal and an assist in Friday's victory. Tim Jackman and Andrew Cogliano added the other goals for the Ducks. Jonas Hiller needed to make only 16 saves for Anaheim, which outshot the Oilers by a commanding 37-18 margin on the night.

The Ducks notched a win over a visiting Vancouver club on Nov. 10, taking the first of five meetings between the clubs by a 3-1 score. Anaheim has taken two straight and three of four overall from the Canucks, but Vancouver has won three of the past five encounters in Orange County.

The Canucks enter Sunday's showdown on a three-game slide and Vancouver's last two setbacks have come in regulation, including Saturday's 3-1 loss in Los Angeles.

Vancouver led 1-0 heading into the third period before the Kings scored three times in the final 20 minutes for the win. Jeff Carter scored twice for L.A. and he notched the game-winner with 7:55 left in the third after Dustin Brown tied it just 67 seconds into the period. Carter also added an empty-net goal to seal the victory.

Ryan Kesler had the only goal of the game for the Canucks, while Roberto Luongo stopped 46 shots to take the tough-luck loss in his return to the lineup. Luongo had missed the previous three games with a lower-body injury.

"In our division we are going to have to learn to battle hard, and it starts with our forwards, as far as the forecheck," said Vancouver head coach John Tortorella. "Our D was under siege all night long. If we are going to compete in our division in the second half of this year, we need to be more consistent."

Vancouver is currently sitting fourth in the Pacific Division and now trails L.A. by three for third place.

The Canucks expect to turn to Eddie Lack in net this evening. Lack has one career outing against the Ducks, as he took a loss after allowing two goals in Vancouver's 3-1 setback in Anaheim on Nov. 10.

01/05 11:12:53 ET

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Local
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
ORL 94
UTA 101
4th
CLE 85
BRK 80
 
4th
BOS 112
MIN 96
 
4th
DET 83
TOR 100
 
4th
MIA 87
WAS 83
 
3rd
MEM 57
CHI 65
 
3rd
SAN 63
POR 61
 
2nd
DEN 29
LAC 20
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
OKC
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
Final
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
Final
LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
Final
SCAR 68
CLEM 45
 
Final
CMICH 97
CONC 60
 
Final
MIAMI 44
EKENT 72
 
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
Final
ODU 60
MDES 43
 
Final
BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
Final
KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
Final
FAM 65
UNF 83
 
Final
NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
Final
DART 58
NILL 55
 
Final
MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
Final
STJ 53
GAELS 47
 
Final
ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
Final
TENN 61
TENT 58
 
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
Final
MERC 67
COOK 46
 
Final
FLGC 83
FUR 78
 
Final
CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
2nd
MTST 57
CHAT 43
 
2nd
NDAK 63
DICKINSON 35
 
2nd
LAMON 65
LSUALEX 56
 
2nd
PRIN 72
LIP 52
 
2nd
LAM 72
MLGN 47
 
2nd
MINN 68
SEAT 39
 
2nd
LOYC 61
SUTAH 43
 
2nd
SELA 73
WINT 63
 
2nd
SILL 43
NO 42
 
1st
MARQ 31
ALAAM 15
 
1st
TTU 24
ARKPB 16
 
1st
DEN 32
COLST 26
 
1st
CREI 35
TXPA 17
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
EWASH
10:05pm Tonight
UTST
IDST
 
11:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ARZ
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CHAM
HAW
 
1st OT
NJD 2
TAM 2
 
3rd
OTT 4
ANA 2
 
3rd
DET 1
NYI 2
 
2nd
WIN 1
BOS 1
 
1st
CAL 0
DAL 0