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The Vancouver Canucks failed to score on the power play in their

last game while the Columbus Blue Jackets converted their only

opportunity in theirs.

That’s the opposite of how both clubs have fared through most of

the season.

The Canucks and their league-leading power play will try to

bounce back Wednesday night when they host the Blue Jackets, owners

of the NHL’s second-worst unit.

Vancouver (16-8-4) is converting 25.0 percent of its chances,

with Daniel Sedin among the league leaders with eight of his

team-high 16 goals coming on the power play. The Canucks, though,

went 0 for 4 in Sunday’s 2-1 victory at Edmonton.

Columbus (16-11-2) scored on its only power-play opportunity

when captain Rick Nash came through with 3:41 left in regulation in

Monday’s 3-2 overtime loss at Calgary. The Blue Jackets’ 11.7

percentage is the worst in the Western Conference, and ahead of

only Florida’s 8.3.

The Sedin brothers have tormented many opponents, and Columbus

is no exception. They combined for 10 points in the season series

in 2009-10 as Vancouver scored 18 goals in going 3-1-0.

Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist and Daniel assisted on

both goals Sunday. Daniel Sedin has 12 points during an eight-game

run.

“They were outstanding,” coach Alain Vigneault said. “That was

probably the best game they have played so far this year and we

need them to play that way. They made some smart plays with the

puck in their end of the rink and were really solid in our end when

Edmonton came in. They played the type of game that we need and

expect them to play.”

The Canucks did not allow a shot in the third period until

Jordan Eberle’s goal with five seconds left that prevented Roberto

Luongo from earning his third shutout. Luongo faced 12 shots – the

lowest total he has seen in his career while playing the entire

game.

Luongo is 4-1-3 with a 2.37 goals-against average in eight home

starts against Columbus with Vancouver. The lone regulation loss

came last season when the Blue Jackets spoiled Vancouver’s home

opener with a 5-3 victory as Luongo was chased early in the second

period.

Columbus fell to 0-3-1 in its last four on the road Monday, but

took solace in rallying from a two-goal deficit 4:25 into the

game.

“It’s tough to swallow, but we’ll look at it as a good point,”

Nash said. “We were down 2-0 after five minutes. To salvage a point

out of it, it’s good. I felt we dominated that last half of the

game, which was important for us.”

Steve Mason was pulled after allowing both goals in the first

4:25. Mathieu Garon stopped all 20 shots before he allowed Jarome

Iginla’s winner.

“Sometimes as a coach you let the kid battle through it,” coach

Scott Arniel said. “I felt I wanted to make that move because I

really wanted to battle back in this game.”

Neither goalie has played well in Vancouver. Mason is 2-2-0 with

a 4.64 GAA in four games while Garon is 2-5-0 with a 3.68 GAA in

seven starts.

The Blue Jackets activated left wing Kristian Huselius off the

injured list prior to this game and placed center Derek MacKenzie

on it. Huselius has missed the last 22 games due to a lower-body

injury.