CALGARY, AB – Snapping a two-game losing streak at the expense of the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, the Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks are hoping to continue that momentum into Calgary against the Flames on Sunday.
Though they’re playing back-to-back games less than 24 hours apart, the Canucks have a reason to be confident coming into Scotiabank Saddledome. Vancouver has found success of late against the Flames, winning both match-ups this season.
First, the Canucks downed Calgary 3-2 in a shootout on January 23rd before offering the Flames a 5-1 setback on February 9th.
With both those games coming at Rogers Arena, the Flames are hoping a change of scenery sparks a different result.
Though he’s the second-most productive Sedin on the Vancouver roster this season, Henrik has been as hot as any Canuck of late. Over his last 10 games, the elder Sedin has three goals and 14 points. Vancouver’s leading scorer from a year ago trails brother Daniel by one point for Vancouver’s team lead. Though the 32-year-old has just three goals, he’s also among the league’s best with 17 helpers.
After starting the season with six points in eight games, Kassian has struggled to replicate that offensive production of late. Recording just two points – both assists – in 12 games since, the six-foot-three, 214-pound winger has struggled over that stretch and has been a plus-player in just two of those contests. Averaging minutes in the high teens after his streaky start, Kassian hasn't been able to earn the same ice time since.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Leading all skaters in time on ice for the Canucks, Edler is emerging as one of the league’s most dangerous rearguards. He’s among the league’s elite blueliners in production this season and also among the league leaders in blocked shots. The 26-year-old is more than living up to the six-year, $30-million extension signed in January.
Plucked off waivers by the Canucks on Thursday, Sestito brings an aggressive tone that he’ll try to implement against the Flames. The six-foot-five, 228-pound firecracker who had seven fighting majors last season will surely be looking for someone to create a spark with and could find that in the recently acquired Brian McGrattan.
Returning after a groin injury kept him out for the first 15 games of the season, Booth is slowly getting into the swing of things after scoring 16 goals in 56 games last season. The former 30-goal scorer has averaged just over 12 minutes of action in his five games back and recorded his first point of the season - an assist - against the Kings.
BY THE NUMBERS
Vancouver’s Record This Season: 11-5-4
Vancouver’s Record Last Season: 51-22-9 (1st in Conference)
Calgary’s Record This Season: 7-8-4
Calgary’s Record vs. Vancouver All-Time: 122-81-33-9
Calgary’s Record Head-To-Head Last Year: 3-2-1
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