First-year coach Willie Desjardins wants consistency from the Vancouver Canucks, and they’ve had a great deal of it against the Calgary Flames.
The Canucks go for a 10th straight victory over the Flames as they try to wrap up this five-game homestand above .500 on Saturday night.
Vancouver (23-13-3) is on a 5-6-2 stretch, which includes splitting eight games at home after giving up three unanswered goals in a 3-1 loss to Florida on Thursday.
"One thing I always want to be is consistent. I don’t think there’s any reason you can’t play a certain way," Desjardins said. "I don’t think we were sharp the whole night.
"We don’t seem to be able to be consistent."
The Canucks certainly are against Calgary (21-18-3), winning nine straight meetings. They’re also 13-1-1 in the last 15 home matchups, taking eight in a row after winning 3-2 on Christopher Tanev’s goal 18 seconds into overtime Dec. 20.
Daniel Sedin scored for just the second time in 12 games Thursday, but that stretch also includes nine assists with two coming against the Flames last month.
The star left wing, who leads the team with 36 points, has 79 in 77 career regular-season meetings for his highest output against any opponent.
Henrik Sedin’s 73 points in 80 games versus Calgary rank second in his career against any team, and he’s compiled 15 of them in the past 11 matchups.
Radim Vrbata has a goal in each of the two this season. Vrbata, though, had a three-game goal streak end Thursday after an illness forced him to miss Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.
The Flames are opening a five-game road trip after losing the last three of a six-game homestand. They failed to finish that stretch above .500 after a see-saw 6-5 loss to Florida on Friday, falling for the 11th time in 15 tries (4-10-1).
T.J. Brodie and Matt Stajan had two goals each against the Panthers after going a combined 30 games without one.
Brodie’s eight goals on the season are a career high and double his previous mark set last season, when he had a personal-best 31 points. He’s three back of that mark in 2014-15, and among the NHL’s highest scoring defensemen.
The Flames’ Mark Giordano, who assisted on a goal by Brodie on Friday, is tied with Kevin Shattenkirk of St. Louis with 36 points for the most by a blueliner.
Giordano, though, has two points in 11 career games at Vancouver, while Brodie has none in eight.
Rookie Johnny Gaudreau, however, is already finding success against the Canucks, scoring two goals in three matchups after netting one Dec. 20. Gaudreau is tied with Jiri Hudler for the team lead with 13 goals, and he has five in the last four road games.
It’s unclear if Jonas Hiller will be back in net after making 29 saves Friday. He’s lost three straight games – two starts – with a 4.16 goals-against average, but has only started on back-to-back nights once.
That could mean Joni Ortio getting his season debut after being recalled from Adirondack of the AHL on Thursday to replace the injured Karri Ramo, who has an upper-body injury.
Ortio went 4-4-0 with a 2.52 GAA last season, making 12 saves in a 2-1 loss at Vancouver on March 8.