The Vancouver Canucks (20-11-6) will try to extend their lead atop the Northwest Division tonight when they host the Calgary Flames (13-19-4) in a Hockey Night in Canada clash.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The Canucks are playing the second game of their three-game home stand tonight. They began the home stand with a convincing 4-0 win over the Oilers on Thursday night – a victory that snapped a two-game losing streak. The Canucks bring a four-game home ice win streak into tonight's contest.
- The Flames are opening a short two-game road trip tonight. Their trip wraps up on Monday night in Denver. Since starting the season with a 3-1-1 record away from home, the Flames have gone winless in their last 11 consecutive road outings (0-10-1). Their last road win came way back on February 17 in Dallas.
- The Flames come into tonight's game as losers of four straight and eight of their last 10 overall (2-8-0). They dropped a 2-1 decision in their road trip opener last night in San Jose in heartbreaking fashion as Sharks forward Joe Pavelski scored the go-ahead goal and eventual game-winner with just 2:06 left in regulation.
- The Canucks are hoping to have both F Mason Raymond and F Dale Weise back in the lineup tonight. The fact they assigned F Nicklas Jensen back to Chicago (AHL) yesterday seems to indicate that one of, if not both, will be ready to go tonight.
- Canucks G Cory Schneider will get his 10th consecutive start tonight. Schneider is a perfect 2-0 against the Flames this season recording a 1.44 GAA and a .957 save percentage.
- The Canucks have a chance to pad their lead atop the Northwest Division standings. They begin play today with 46 points, two more Minnesota with the same number of games played. The Wild are idle today and won't play again until Sunday when they visit Columbus.
- Tonight marks the fourth of five meetings between the Canucks and Flames, and the first of two meetings they will have in the next five days. They'll conclude their season series next Wednesday back in Calgary.
- The Canucks lead the season series with two wins to just one for the Flames. Vancouver won the first two games of the season series but dropped a 4-2 decision in their most recent clash back on March 3 in Calgary. Ex-Flames captain Jarome Iginla scored the game-winner that night with just over seven minutes left in regulation.
- Speaking of Iginla, tonight marks the first time the Canucks will face the Flames since they dealt the former face of their franchise to Pittsburgh. Also part of the Flames' recent exodus is D Jay Bouwmeester, whom they dealt to the Blues two days prior to the trade deadline. Calgary has yet to win in the post-Iginla era losing all four games since the trade of their former captain.
- Head coach Alain Vigneault will be appearing in his 530th game behind the Canucks' bench tonight which will move him into sole possession of first place on the all-time list surpassing Marc Crawford.
- Canucks F Daniel (0-3-3) and Henrik Sedin (0-3-3), and Flames F Lee Stempniak (2-1-3) share the lead in the season series with three points each.
- Canucks F Henrik Sedin is one assist away from recording his 600th career helper.
- The Canucks have a record of 4-4-0 against teams that played the night before. The Flames are 2-4-0 this season when playing on zero days rest.
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