The Vancouver Canucks’ season-high winning streak already
includes a victory over the Minnesota Wild.
A meeting in Vancouver may be enough to make that two.
Henrik Sedin looks to help the Canucks continue their home
dominance of the Wild and possibly become the team’s all-time
leading scorer Tuesday night.
Vancouver (7-2-2) has outscored opponents 17-5 during a
five-game winning streak that includes a 4-1 victory at Minnesota
(6-5-1) on Thursday.
The Canucks followed that up by opening this four-game homestand
with Saturday’s 5-1 win over Calgary.
Vancouver has won 10 in a row at home against the Wild, dating
to an overtime loss on Jan. 31, 2009. That dominance has been on
display over the last four meetings there, with the Canucks holding
a 15-2 scoring edge while recording three shutouts.
They cruised to a 3-0 victory in the most recent home matchup
Jan. 4, 2012, when Sedin set up both first-period goals.
Sedin had two assists Saturday after being held without a point
at Minnesota. He’s one point behind Markus Naslund’s team record of
756, and hosting the Wild could help him surpass that mark.
The 2010 Hart Trophy winner has 34 points in 33 home matchups,
with 24 of them coming during a 16-game scoring streak that started
with a pair of assists in a win on Nov. 16, 2007.
Roberto Luongo may be back in net since he’s won eight straight
home starts against Minnesota, compiling a 1.37 goals-against
average while stopping all 90 shots in three consecutive
He has won three straight starts overall with a 0.95 GAA and one
shutout. However, he was still backing up Cory Schneider in the
past two games, watching him win both while yielding two goals on
Jordan Schroeder may be looking to get himself on a roll after
scoring his first two career goals Saturday. The 22nd overall
selection in the 2009 draft came up empty on four shots at
Minnesota on Thursday.
“It’s kind of a weight off your shoulders,” Schroeder said.
“You’re gripping your stick pretty tight. There’s excitement,
relief. You want to get that first one so bad. To be able to get
two in one night is always good.”
The Wild are also coming off a victory against Calgary, winning
2-1 in a shootout on the road Monday after needing overtime to beat
Nashville 2-1 on Saturday.
They’ve failed to win three in a row on two previous occasions
this season, and are 1-3-1 away from home.
Getting the first road win of the season may have been a relief
Monday, but Kyle Brodziak also found some comfort by scoring his
first goal after setting career highs with 22 tallies and 44 points
“Finally,” said Brodziak, whose only other point came in a
season-opening win over Colorado on Jan. 19. “Hopefully they’ll
come more often. It’s tough to explain sometimes when it’s not
going in. It’s not something you can dwell on, you just have to
focus on playing a strong game.”
The center has 14 points in his last 18 meetings with Vancouver,
but only three have come in eight road games and he had none with a
minus-2 rating Thursday.