The Vancouver Canucks (18-9-6) will try to extend their win streak to a season-high six games tonight when they close out their two-game home stand hosting the struggling Colorado Avalanche (11-17-4).
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The Canucks will look to sweep their short two-game home stand tonight after picking up a 1-0 shootout victory against the Blue Jackets to open the stand two nights ago.
- The Canucks managed to extend their win streak to five games on Tuesday despite being shut out for the first time this season. A win tonight would equal a season-high win streak for Vancouver at six games.
- The Avalanche, who are wrapping up a short two-game road trip tonight, come into this contest riding a three-game losing streak and with just one win in their last seven outings (1-6-0). They're coming off a 4-3 loss last night to the Iginla-less Flames.
- Tonight's clash is between the team currently in the basement of the Northwest Division (Colorado) versus the team that hopes to be in first place in the division by the end of the night (Vancouver). The Canucks need at least one point to take over sole possession of first place in the division tonight from the Wild. By the end of this night, the Wild will have two games in hand on Vancouver.
- Tonight marks the third of four meetings between the Canucks and Avalanche this season. The Canucks are off to a 2-0 start in the season series after taking both previous meetings including netting a 3-2 win in their most recent clash this past Sunday a the Pepsi Center.
- The Canucks are expected to have F Steven Pinizzoto available to them tonight after he sat out the last four games due to illness. If he dresses, he'll likely take the spot of either F Andrew Gordon or possibly D Keith Ballard, who has been playing as a forward recently.
- Canucks G Cory Schneider will pick up his sixth straight start tonight which will equal a career-high for him. The last time he started six games in a row was from November 16 to 29, 2011.
- The Canucks are looking to continue their run of dominance against the Avs. Counting their two wins over Colorado already this season, they have earned points in 19 straight games against the Avs (17-0-2) dating back to November 1, 2009.
- The Canucks have won their last five head-to-head meetings against the Avs at Rogers Arena and have earned points in seven straight games (6-0-1) versus Colorado on home ice overall. The Avs have not won an outright game in Vancouver since a 4-1 victory back on April 5, 2009.
- Colorado has been shutout in two straight trips to Vancouver and has not scored a goal at Rogers Arena in 149:40 of consecutive playing time.
- Tuesday marked the fifth time in team history that the Canucks have been involved in a game where neither team managed to score in regulation and/or overtime. The last time prior to Tuesday was on November 14, 2007 when they played to a scoreless draw through 65 minutes with the Edmonton Oilers on home ice but ended up losing in a shootout.
- The Avalanche are 1-2-1 this season when playing on zero days rest while the Canucks are just 2-4-0 this season against teams that had to play the night before.
- Canucks D Jason Garrison (2-0-2), along with Avalanche F P.A. Parenteau (1-1-2) and F Ryan O'Reilly (0-2-2) are all tied for the points lead in the season series with two each.
- Canucks D Kevin Bieksa is two points shy of recording his 200th career NHL point.
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