The Vancouver Canucks (6-11-0) will hope to avoid a seventh straight loss when they host the Calgary Flames (7-5-1) at Rogers Arena on Saturday night. Joey Kenward and Corey Hirsch will have the call of the game at 7:00pm, preceded by the Land Rover Pre-Game Show with me and Satiar Shah at 6:00pm. Sat and I will also provide instant analysis at the intermissions and reaction right after the final horn on the Kintec Footwear and Orthotics Canucks Central Post-Game Show.
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The Canucks are 0-3-0 in three meetings with the Flames this year. Calgary has outscored Vancouver 11-3 in the season series. Sean Monahan added two assists on Thursday and leads the scoring in the three games with one goal and four helpers.
The Canucks are tied with the Edmonton Oilers for the most points by defencemen (37) this season. Vancouver is second last in the league in both goals against per game (3.88) and shots against per game (34.2). The Canucks are 0-10-0 when conceding the first goal of the game this season. Vancouver was 12-21-5 when the opposing team scored first last year. The last time the Canucks had a lead was two weeks ago in their last victory against the Winnipeg Jets on January 30th.
The Flames will ride a season high three game winning streak into Saturday’s matchup. Former Canuck Jacob Markstrom has stopped 90 of 93 shots for a 0.968 save percentage in the three games against Vancouver this season. Calgary is 16-5-4 against the Canucks since the start of the 2015-16 season. The Flames are 1-5-1 when allowing three goals or more this year. Calgary is 0-for-13 on the power play in its last four road games.
Canucks winger Brock Boeser is on a five game point streak with two goals and three assists in that stretch. Boeser is second in the NHL in goals with 10, behind only Toronto’s Auston Matthews.
Calgary forward Andrew Mangiapane has points in his last four straight games with three goals and two assists.
Vancouver captain Bo Horvat has only scored one goal in the last 11 games.
Flames centre Sean Monahan has failed to score a goal in his last nine straight games.
– Canucks coach Travis Green
“We’ve seen a marked improvement in parts of our game. I think our guys are aware of that as well. They can feel it. As a group, they’re starting to understand and feel the identity of what they are. That’s always a lot easier when you play better. I’ve liked our game the last two games. We’ve got to stick with the process here.”
– Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk
“We know how desperate they’re going to be and how much they need the wins, so we know that they’re going to come out with an even bigger push than maybe we would normally see. We have to be more on top of our game and more ready for the challenge.”
Canucks Friday Practice Lines
Flames Thursday Lines