NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, December 27th
(All times eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (22-16-0) at Calgary Flames (20-11-5), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Taking to the road for the first time in nearly three
weeks, the Vancouver Canucks will try to pick up a third consecutive victory
when they visit the Calgary Flames for a Northwest Division showdown at
The Flames, meanwhile, come into tonight having lost two straight and five of
their last six games. As a result, Vancouver is just one point behind Calgary
for second place in the division standings.
Calgary is 2-0 against the Canucks this year and this marks the third and
final home test of this season series for the Flames. Calgary has won four of
six overall against Vancouver and the Canucks have lost two straight and five
of their last seven at the Saddledome.
Vancouver ended a season-long, eight-game homestand with Saturday's win over
Edmonton. The Canucks went 6-2-0 during the residency and is now tied with
Chicago for the most home wins in the NHL with a 16-6-0 record at General
However, the Canucks are just 6-10-0 as the visiting team this year and will
begin a four-game road trip tonight. Vancouver will also make stops in
Phoenix, St. Louis and Dallas during the swing.
Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler each recorded power-play goals 18 seconds apart
in the second period to lead the Canucks to the 4-1 victory over the Oilers on
Saturday. Vancouver finished 2-for-6 overall with the man advantage,
Roberto Luongo made 24 saves and Christian Ehrhoff scored an insurance goal
for the Canucks, winners in three of their last four games.
"Our power play got us on the right track and our penalty killing did what
they had to do," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "In the third period we
kept at it and got the goal that broke their back."
Canucks forward Ryan Johnson missed Saturday's test with a sore foot and is
questionable for tonight.
Calgary last played on Wednesday when it was dealt a close loss by visiting
St. Louis. Brad Boyes scored the decisive goal in the shootout to lead the
Blues to a 2-1 victory at the Saddledome.
After no resolution was reached in overtime, Boyes beat Calgary netminder
Miikka Kiprusoff to open the second round of the shootout. Olli Jokinen's bid
for the Flames caught iron, then T.J. Oshie, celebrating his 23rd birthday,
found the back of the net to secure the extra point for the visitors.
Mark Giordano tied the game in the third period for Calgary, while Kiprusoff
finished with 26 saves.
"When you get to a shootout anything can happen, but we've got to find a way
to win at home, that's the most important thing," said Calgary head coach
Calgary is capping a four-game homestand tonight and has lost three of four
and five of its last eight home tests. The Flames are 9-6-2 as the host this
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