Canucks look to continue Flames domination

January 5, 2011, 4:15 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have matched their longest win streak of the season. They appear to have a very good chance to extend it based on their recent results against the Calgary Flames.

The Canucks seek a seventh straight win Wednesday night when they try to defeat the Flames for a fourth time in a row.

Vancouver (25-8-5) is back home after an impressive three-game road trip. The Canucks beat Dallas, Colorado and San Jose in a four-day span, culminating in a 4-3 victory over the Sharks on Monday.

Alex Burrows scored the lone goal of the third period as Vancouver had 47 shots in completing a sweep of the trip.

“In all areas of the game, I thought we played our best game of the three,” coach Alain Vigneault said. “It was a tough grind out there for both teams and we were able to get it done.”

Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist for his fifth multi-point effort in seven games while Henrik Sedin added an assist for his 13th point in that same span.


Fantasy notes: Jarome Iginla has been blanked in his past two starts. What do you say – another two games without a point before the media goes back into panic mode? Mason Raymond has points in each of his two games back with three shots in each outing as well. He has 12 points in 14 GP vs. CGY. | Follow Chris Nichols on Twitter



The Canucks have gone 11-0-2 since their last regulation loss, 3-2 to St. Louis on Dec. 5. They last won seven straight Jan. 16-30.

“It feels good but it seems like we’re never satisfied,” Burrows said. “Whatever happened in the past we forget about it and move on. That seems to work well for us.”

The Canucks may want to remember their past few matchups with the Flames (18-19-3). The Sedin brothers have combined for 15 points in the last three meetings with Vancouver outscoring Calgary 17-6.

Each twin enters with an eight-game point streak against the Flames, with Henrik amassing 14 points and Daniel 12.

Roberto Luongo has gone 9-2-1 with a 2.19 goals-against average in his last 12 home starts against Calgary. Luongo is 7-0-1 with a 2.08 GAA in his last eight starts.

FORWARDS
Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Alex Burrows
Mason Raymond Ryan Kesler Jeff Tambellini
Raffi Torres Manny Malhotra Mikael Samuelsson
Tanner Glass Alexandre Bolduc Jannik Hansen
DEFENCE GOALTENDERS
Dan Hamhuis Kevin Bieksa Roberto Luongo
Alexander Edler Christian Ehrhoff Cory Schneider
Keith Ballard Andrew Alberts

Conversely, Miikka Kiprusoff has a 7.77 GAA in the last three losses to Vancouver. He is 2-7-0 with a 5.02 GAA in his last nine starts at Rogers Arena.

The Flames had their four-game win streak snapped with a 5-2 home loss to the Islanders on Monday. They gave up two power-play goals and one at even strength in the first period and never recovered.

“We know we didn’t deserve to win that game from the way we started,” winger Jarome Iginla said. “We got outworked in the first period, beat to pucks, outhustled, made foolish mistakes.”

Calgary will likely need a better effort on the penalty kill. The Flames allowed three-power play goals Dec. 1 in a 7-2 home loss to the Canucks, who have the NHL’s second-best power play at 24.8 percent.

“We have to have urgency every game,” coach Brent Sutter said. “There can’t be a lack of it. I understand some nights it’s not going to be perfect for you but you have to fight through it, you gotta work through it.”

Iginla has been limited to one assist in his last four games against the Canucks.

FORWARDS
Alex Tanguay Olli Jokinen Jarome Iginla
Niklas Hagman/Curtis Glencross Matt Stajan Ales Kotalik
Brendan Morrison Mikael Backlund Rene Bourque
Tom Kostopoulos David Moss Tim Jackman
DEFENCE GOALTENDERS
Robyn Regehr Jay Bouwmeester Miikka Kiprusoff
Mark Giordano Cory Sarich Henrik Karlsson
Adam Pardy Anton Babchuk
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