NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, February 3rd
(All times eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (30-18-5) at Calgary Flames (30-16-7), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks shoot for their third consecutive
victory and first place in the Northwest Division tonight, as they visit the
Calgary Flames at the Saddledome.
The Flames have 67 points and currently lead the Northwest by two over
The Canucks are currently on a seven-game road trip. After dropping three
straight to begin the swing, they have picked up wins in Colorado and Phoenix.
On Tuesday, Henrik Sedin scored a goal and added three assists as Vancouver
pounded the Coyotes, 7-4, at Glendale Arena.
Markus Naslund returned to the lineup and scored for Vancouver after missing
one game with hip and groin injuries. Naslund announced earlier this week that
he will skip the upcoming Olympics because of the lingering groin injury.
However, he is expected to play in tonight's test.
Daniel Sedin added a goal and an assist while Alex Auld made 42 saves for the
Canucks, who are 12-15-2 as the visiting team this season. Vancouver completes
the trek Saturday in Edmonton.
The Flames, meanwhile, have been in the midst of a slump recently, dropping
two straight and four of five. The last two setbacks have both come in
shootouts. On Wednesday, Marc Denis made 36 saves and kept Calgary off the
scoreboard during the shootout, as Columbus downed the Flames, 2-1, at the
Jarome Iginla had the lone goal for Calgary, which has dropped four of its
last five. Netminder Miikka Kiprusoff came up with 19 saves in the loss.
Tonight completes a brief two-game homestand for the Flames, who are an
impressive 18-4-3 at the Saddledome this season. They will visit San Jose on
Monday before returning for a seven-game homestand that features games on both
ends of the league's Olympic break.
The Flames have won four of the five matchups with the Canucks this season.
02/03 10:19:41 ET