NHL

Sat, Apr 6, 2013 - 10:00 PM ET
Game Preview
 

Flames-Canucks Preview

Share This Story

   
 

Despite the Calgary Flames' dismal play on the road, the Vancouver Canucks won't take anything for granted.

With at least two key players possibly ready to return from injuries, the Northwest Division-leading Canucks look to match a season high with their fifth straight home win while trying to extend the longest road slide in Flames' history Saturday night.

Vancouver (20-11-6) took a two-point division lead over Minnesota by avoiding a third straight overall loss with Thursday's 4-0 victory over Edmonton. Cory Schneider made 23 saves, Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist, and recently acquired forward Derek Roy added an assist in his team debut.

The Canucks own a 12-3 scoring advantage during their four-game home winning streak. But they know they can't afford to let down their guard against a Calgary squad that's mired in a franchise-worst 0-11-1 road stretch dating to a 4-3 win at Dallas on Feb. 17.

"They have a proud group of individuals," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "Calgary is going to come in here and try to put (its) best game on the ice and we are going to have to be ready."

The Canucks won the first two meetings this season - both at home - but fell 4-2 at Calgary (13-19-4) on March 3.

Vigneault seems to feel confident that forwards Mason Raymond and Dale Weise can return from their injuries Friday. Raymond, fifth on the team with 18 points, has missed two games with an upper-body injury while Weise has sat the last six with a bad shoulder.

Raymond had a goal and an assist in the two home contests versus Calgary this season.

Star center Ryan Kesler has been limited to seven games with Vancouver because of a broken foot, but also appears close to returning.

"Right now there's a possibility we're going to have a couple of guys back. We need them," Vigneault said. "We're like any other team, we need our players to be healthy and help us win games."

Sedin had a goal and an assist in each of the last two home games, and has three assists overall against the Flames in 2013.

Coming off his fourth shutout, Schneider has allowed three goals on 107 shots during the last four home contests. He's stopped 67 of 70 shots in both meetings this season versus Calgary at Rogers Arena.

The Flames allowed a tiebreaking goal with a 2:06 left in the third period of Friday's 2-1 loss at streaking San Jose to extend their road woes.

On the bright side, Miikka Kiprusoff made a season-high 39 saves and Mikael Backlund opened the scoring with a power-play goal for Calgary. The team has just three goals in four road contests, but was more competitive after giving up 18 while losing the previous three overall.

"(The Sharks) did a good job creating offense like they usually do and ultimately cashed in on it," said Flames forward Michael Cammalleri, who had an assist. "We have to work more on playing in their end instead of ours."

Losers of eight of 10, the Flames continue to fall further out of postseason contention. They're now 12 points back of St. Louis for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Backlund has scored four of his 21 career goals in his last six games versus Vancouver.

Tagged: Flames, Canucks, Mason Raymond

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



Play Hockey Simulation Game on WhatIfSports

NHL Videos

Toews, Kane: Easy decision to resign with Blackhawks Posted: Jul 17, 2014
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane say their decision to sign matching 8-year, $84M...

LA mayor 'F-bombs' Kings rally Posted: Jun 17, 2014
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti toasts the Stanley Cup champion Kings in front o...

Kings, fans celebrate Stanley Cup Posted: Jun 16, 2014
Kings players celebrate winning the Stanley Cup with a parade through downtown L...

More Than Sports on MSN

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Reebok Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Premier Hockey Jersey - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Pittsburgh_Penguins/browse/featuredproduct/175178/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_175000/FF_175178_xl.jpg&w=100 159.95 Reebok Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Premier Hockey Jersey - Black
    Reebok Dallas Stars White Premier Hockey Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Dallas_Stars/browse/featuredproduct/243363/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_243000/FF_243363_xl.jpg&w=100 124.95 Reebok Dallas Stars White Premier Hockey Jersey
    Reebok Tampa Bay Lightning Primary Logo T-Shirt - Royal Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Tampa_Bay_Lightning/browse/featuredproduct/301017/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_301000/ff_301017_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Reebok Tampa Bay Lightning Primary Logo T-Shirt - Royal Blue
    Majestic Anaheim Ducks Black Official Logo Full Zip Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Anaheim_Ducks/browse/featuredproduct/398322/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_398000/FF_398322_xl.jpg&w=100 43.99 Majestic Anaheim Ducks Black Official Logo Full Zip Hoodie Sweatshirt
    Detroit Red Wings Youth Black Southpaw Backpack http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Detroit_Red_Wings/browse/featuredproduct/403205/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_403000/FF_403205_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Detroit Red Wings Youth Black Southpaw Backpack
    Reebok Chicago Blackhawks #88 Patrick Kane Red Premier Hockey Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Chicago_Blackhawks/browse/featuredproduct/408123/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_408000/FF_408123_xl.jpg&w=100 159.95 Reebok Chicago Blackhawks #88 Patrick Kane Red Premier Hockey Jersey
    Majestic New Jersey Devils Red Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_Jersey_Devils/browse/featuredproduct/456774/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_456000/ff_456774_xl.jpg&w=100 47.99 Majestic New Jersey Devils Red Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt
    Vancouver Canucks 2011 NHL Western Conference Champions Hockey Stick http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Vancouver_Canucks/browse/featuredproduct/665779/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_665000/ff_665779_xl.jpg&w=100 11.95 Vancouver Canucks 2011 NHL Western Conference Champions Hockey Stick
    Majestic New York Islanders Royal Blue Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Islanders/browse/featuredproduct/752594/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_752000/ff_752594_xl.jpg&w=100 47.99 Majestic New York Islanders Royal Blue Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt