The Vancouver Canucks (22-11-6) begin their final extended road trip of the season tonight when they close out their season series against the Calgary Flames (14-20-4) at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The Canucks are coming off a perfect sweep of their three-game home stand and will be beginning their final extended road trip of the season – a five-game trip that begins tonight in Calgary and wraps up eight days from now in Dallas.
- The Canucks may bring a three-game win streak into tonight's tilt but they will be looking to snap a two-game road losing streak. Before this recent road funk, they had won four in a row away from Rogers Arena.
- The Flames are coming off a 3-1 victory in Colorado on Monday – their first victory in the post-Iginla era. The win also snapped their five-game losing streak.
- The Flames are playing the first game of a short two-game home stand tonight. It is part of a stretch that seems them play five of their next six games at the Scotiabank Saddledome before closing out their season with four straight road games.
- The Flames have lost their last two straight home games while being out-scored by a combined 14-6 count in those outings. Prior to that, Calgary had won eight straight in front of their home fans. The Flames have also won three in a row on home ice against the Canucks dating back to last season.
- The Canucks begin play today sitting four points ahead of the idle Wild for first place in the race for the Northwest Division title. Both teams have played 39 games to date. The Wild don't play again until Thursday when they host the St. Louis Blues.
- Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault shared some bad news at practice yesterday as he revealed both Chris Tanev (leg) and Chris Higgins (lower body) are out indefinitely and won't join the team on their road trip. Both could potentially be out for the remainder of the regular season.
- Tonight marks the fifth and final meeting between the Canucks and Flames this season. Vancouver has already clinched the season series by winning three of the first four games to date, including netting a 5-2 victory in the most recent meeting four nights ago at Rogers Arena.
- Canucks G Cory Schneider is coming off his fifth shutout of the season and his fourth in his last nine starts. Tonight will mark his 12th straight start. Schneider is a perfect 3-0-0 against the Flames this season with a 1.63 GAA and a .954 save percentage.
- Canucks F Henrik (1-5-6) and Daniel Sedin (0-6-6) share the points lead in the season series with six each. Flames F Lee Stempniak (2-2-4) and F Matt Stajan (0-4-4) share the lead in points among all Calgary players.
- Flames G Joey MacDonald, who had a 39-save performance in Calgary's win over Colorado on Monday, has yet to face the Canucks this season. Should he get the start tonight, he would become the fourth different Flames netminder to start a game against the Canucks this season joining Miikka Kiprusoff, Leland Irving and Danny Taylor. Taylor is the only one that has recorded a win over Vancouver in the season series to date.
- After failing to score a shorthanded goal in the first 37 games of the season, the Canucks have now recorded shorthanded markers in back-to-back games. The most recent one was scored on Monday into an empty net by D Dan Hamhuis. For Hamhuis, it was his shorthanded goal as a Canuck and his first since November 28, 2008 as a member of the Nashville Predators when he recorded a shorthanded tally against the Atlanta Thrashers.
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