NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, November 18th
(All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (8-8-3) at Vancouver Canucks (9-8-1), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks will try to keep their recent hot
stretch going tonight, when they welcome the Calgary Flames for a Northwest
Division battle at General Motors Place.
The Canucks have won four of their last five games and posted a point in each
of those tests (4-0-1). The recent surge has last season's Northwest champions
above .500 for the season at 9-8-1.
Vancouver rebounded from Wednesday's shootout loss to Edmonton by pounding the
visiting Minnesota Wild on Friday night. Mattias Ohlund had a goal and an
assist as Vancouver used a four-goal first period to rout the Wild, 6-2.
Markus Naslund, Trevor Linden, Daniel Sedin and Taylor Pyatt each lit the lamp
for the Canucks, while Roberto Luongo made 20 saves in the win.
Luongo is 4-0-1 in his last five outings and has yielded just eight goals
during that stretch. He is 8-8-1 with a .911 save percentage and 2.50 goals
against average in 17 games this season.
This evening's test marks the end of a four-game homestand for the Canucks,
who are 2-0-1 on the residency and just 3-6-1 as the host club this season.
Vancouver begins a three-game road trip Tuesday night at Edmonton.
Meanwhile, the Flames will aim for their third straight victory when they take
the ice tonight. Calgary has posted back-to-back wins for the third time this
season by beating Minnesota and Edmonton.
The triumph over the Oilers came on Saturday night in Edmonton. Miikka
Kiprusoff was solid in net, making 15 stops, as Calgary topped Edmonton, 3-1,
at Rexall Place.
Matthew Lombardi, Owen Nolan and Craig Conroy tallied for the Flames, who were
on a five-game losing streak before posting the recent wins.
This evening's test is the second of two straight on the road for Calgary,
which is 3-3-1 as the visitor this season.
Vancouver is 2-0 against the Flames this year and has taken six of the last
eight encounters between the clubs. Calgary has also dropped four of its
previous six contests at GM Place.
11/18 10:37:42 ET