NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, February 2nd
(All times eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (30-14-7-2) at New York Rangers (19-23-7-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks seek their sixth consecutive victory
tonight when they visit the slumping New York Rangers at Madison Square
Vancouver's spurt includes victories in St. Louis and Washington to start a
five-game road trip. On Saturday, Markus Naslund, Trevor Linden and Sami Salo
each tallied a goal and an assist, leading the Canucks to a 6-1 pounding of
the Capitals at the MCI Center.
Brad May, Wade Brookbank and Jarkko Ruutu also lit the lamp for Vancouver,
which has won its last five by a combined score of 22-10. Dan Cloutier made 15
saves in the win.
Naslund and Washington's Robert Lang entered the game tied for the NHL lead
with 61 points, but Naslund's two-point performance gave him a one-point lead
The Canucks, with 69 points, trail first-place Colorado by one in the
Northwest Division entering this evening's action.
Vancouver, which has won 10 of its last 11 road contests, will visit the
Islanders on Tuesday.
New York, meanwhile, has lost its last three games -- scoring only one goal in
each -- and is 1-7-2 in the last 10 overall. On Saturday the Rangers dropped a
3-1 contest in Buffalo in the back end of a home-and-home with the Sabres.
Joel Bouchard scored the lone goal for the Rangers, whose only win in the past
10 tilts was a 5-2 victory over Florida a week ago. Jussi Markkanen made 26
saves in a losing effort. Bouchard, who started training camp with the Sabres
before the Rangers picked him up, scored his first goal since January 1, 2003.
Jaromir Jagr was held point-less, as has been the case in four of the five
games he has played since being obtained from Washington.
New York played its second game without center Eric Lindros, who is sidelined
indefinitely after suffering the eighth documented concussion of his career.
The Blueshirts, 1-4-1 in their last six at home, will host Minnesota on
Vancouver has won five straight meetings with New York, including two straight
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