The Scouting Report: Vancouver Canucks
CALGARY, AB -- The Vancouver Canucks are putting their best foot forward in their bid to earn their fifth straight Northwest Division title.
Winners of seven of their last 10 and four straight on home ice, the Canucks currently hold a two-point edge over the Minnesota Wild after 37 games played. Helping that cause has been the Vancouver Canucks, who have given up four of a possible six points to the Canucks this season.
That's no reason for the Canucks to underestimate their opponent on Saturday, though, despite the fact Calgary is bringing some recent road struggles to Rogers Arena.
Flames Season Series Record: 1-1-1
Calgary has earned three of a possible six points from the Canucks this season.
Back on January 23rd - the Flames' third game of the season - Calgary dropped a 3-2 shootout loss after Zack Kassian's winner went unanswered in Vancouver. The Canucks added another two points on February 9th after dropping the Flames 5-1 on the strength of Jordan Schroeder's first two National Hockey League goals. Calgary exacted a small measure of revenge on March 3rd as Mike Cammalleri scored twice en route to a 4-2 win in Calgary.
SOG: 67 | +/-: 4
He's been a member of the Canucks for just one game, but Roy joins Vancouver riding a hot streak that has carried over from Dallas Stars. The deadline acquisition recorded an assist in his debut after a six-point in five-game stretch with the Stars. The centre has 19 points in 23 games in 31 games this season.
SOG: 85 | +/-: -3
Pointless in his last five games and with just one assist in his last eight games, Edler has struggled in stretches to manufacture offense from the back end. He went nine consecutive games earlier in the season without a point, but despite the two slumps the 26-year-old rearguard has five goals and 17 assists in 35 games this season.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Snapping a 20-game goal drought at the expense of the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night, Kassian scored in his first game after a short stint in the American Hockey League with the Chicago Wolves. The bullish six-foot-three, 213-pound winger has six goals and nine points in 28 games this season.
After a 39-point campaign a season ago, Hansen has taken a step forward offensively in the condensed season. The 27-year-old winger has eight goals and 22 points through 36 games this year, third on the Canucks in scoring. The former ninth round pick from 2004 is solidifying himself as a top-six forward in Vancouver.
Sedin continues to pave the way for the Canucks, leading the team in points with 33 in 37 games. His 10 goals matches his brother as well as two other teammates for the team lead as well. The 32-year-old leads all forwards in Vancouver in ice time with nearly 20 minutes of action a night.