NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, February 11th
(All times Eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (34-15-5) at Calgary Flames (25-22-8), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Canucks have been piling up the points lately and
Vancouver will try to keep that trend going tonight, when it visits the
Calgary Flames for a Northwest Division clash at the Saddledome.
The Canucks, who lead the division by 14 points over Colorado, have won three
straight and have recorded at least a point in eight straight outings (6-0-2).
Vancouver has suffered just two regulation losses during the 2012 calendar
year, posting a 10-2-3 mark since the beginning of January.
Vancouver will also try to end a four-game road trip with a perfect 4-0 record
tonight. The Canucks, who are three points behind Detroit for the top seed in
the West and the NHL, have a league-best 19-9-1 record as the guest this
The Canucks were glad to have Henrik Sedin in the lineup for their last game
and he scored a goal in Vancouver's 5-2 win in Minnesota. Sedin took a puck
off his ankle in Tuesday's win over Nashville, but the Swedish forward was
able to play in his 553rd consecutive game on Thursday. Only Calgary
defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has a longer active iron man streak in the NHL.
"All Swedes are tough, right?" Vancouver defenseman and Sedin's countryman
Alex Edler joked after the game. "Hank is a warrior, he's played with pain
before and it was big of him."
Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist in the win over the Wild, while Maxim
Lapierre, Manny Malhotra and Ryan Kesler also scored for the Canucks. It was
Vancouver's first regulation win since a 4-3 decision over San Jose on Jan.
Cory Schneider had 22 saves to post the win for the Canucks, but Roberto
Luongo expects to be back between the pipes tonight.
Henrik Sedin enters tonight on a five-game point streak, while Kesler has
scored goals in five consecutive outings and has six tallies and one assist
during a seven-game point streak.
The Flames are 2-0-2 so far in February and will try to use a brief two-game
homestand to aid their push for the playoffs. Calgary is currently tied with
Minnesota for the 11th seed in the West and is just two points out of a
Calgary ended a three-game road trip on Thursday with a 2-1 overtime setback
in Phoenix. Shane Doan scored the game-winner in OT for the Coyotes.
Olli Jokinen tallied a goal and Leland Irving made 34 saves in what was the
Flames' fourth loss in six games.
"We knew it wasn't going to be an easy game." Flames head coach Brent Sutter
said. "It's a point you could of had that you let get away from you, but the
positive is that you did get a point."
The Flames, who will also Toronto on Tuesday, are 14-8-2 as the host this
season compared to an 11-14-6 mark on the road.
Calgary had lost five straight in the series with the Canucks before posting a
3-1 win in Vancouver the last time the clubs met on Dec. 23. The Canucks have
still claimed five straight at the Saddledome.
02/11 11:14:19 ET