Scouting Report: Vancouver Canucks
CALGARY, AB -- The Vancouver Canucks have started to stumble in the Western Conference.
Since beating the Calgary Flames 2-0 on Dec. 29, the Canucks have won just once, compiling a 1-5-3 record in that stretch. Vancouver has dropped three straight, too, and have been outscored 11-1 in that span. Their struggles were punctuated by a 9-1 drubbing at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, which was bookended by 1-0 shutout losses to the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes.
The Canucks have yet to lose to Calgary this season, though, and will set their sights on turning their fortunes at the expense of the Flames on Saturday.
This Season: 24-16-9, 57 points (7th in West)
Last Season: 26-15-7, 59 points (3rd in West)
Notable Injuries: Jordan Schroeder (foot), Alexandre Burrows (broken jaw), Ryan Stanton (ankle), Andrew Alberts (head), Roberto Luongo (ankle)
Flames Season Series Record: 0-1-1
The Canucks have scored just once in their past three games, a Zack Kassian tip-in with just two seconds remaining in the second period of their 9-1 loss to the Ducks.
HENRIK & DANIEL SEDIN
Though Henrik and Daniel lead the Canucks with 40 and 39 points respectively, neither has been productive of late. Both have identical stat lines over the past five games, each recording an assist in a 2-1 win against the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 10 -- Vancouver’s last win.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
The Sedins aren’t the only top scorers struggling in Vancouver. Kesler’s 17 goals lead all Canucks’ shooters, but the 29-year-old hasn’t recorded a point since scoring in back-to-back games in early January, a span of five straight games.
Hamhuis, named to Canada’s entry for the Sochi 2014 Olympics, has been a standout on defence for the Canucks this season. The 31-year-old product of Smithers, BC. has four goals and 14 points in 49 games, but his true value lies in his effectiveness in the Canucks’ end.
Though he was tagged with three of nine goals against against the Ducks, Lack has been strong this season with Luongo injured. The 26-year-old has a respectable 8-6-3 record with a 2.18 goals against average and .922 save percentage.