(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks will try to extend their lead atop
the Northwest Division when they host the lowly Calgary Flames in Saturday's
clash at Rogers Arena.
The Canucks, who have won seven of their last nine games, enter Saturday with
a two-point edge over idle Minnesota for the division lead. Both teams have 11
games remaining in the regular season.
Vancouver halted a two-game slide in its most recent outing, notching a 4-0
win over the visiting Edmonton Oilers. Henrik Sedin posted a goal and an
assist and Cory Schneider recorded 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the
Kevin Bieksa, Chris Higgins and Zack Kassian also scored for the Canucks, who
won the opener of a three-game homestand to improve their home record this
season to 11-5-3.
"Tonight we were ready to go and stuck to our game plan and didn't give them a
whole lot," Schneider said. "I was really happy with how our team played."
Derek Roy made his Canucks debut on Thursday and notched an assist. The
veteran forward was acquired earlier this week from Dallas for a second-round
draft pick and AHL defenseman Kevin Connauton.
Calgary enters Saturday having lost four straight in regulation and the
struggling club has fallen 12 points out of a playoff spot in the West. The
Flames lost a close one Friday night in San Jose, as Joe Pavelski scored the
winner late in the third period to lift the Sharks took a 2-1 win.
Mikael Backlund scored the lone goal of the game for the Flames, who have lost
12 straight games on the road since beating Dallas on Feb. 17. Calgary is just
3-12-2 as the visiting team this season.
Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 39 shots in Friday's loss.
Vancouver has taken two of three from the Flames this season and the Canucks
have won 12 of 17 overall in the series. Calgary has lost three straight and
five of its last six games at Rogers Arena.
The Flames and Canucks will complete their season series Wednesday in Calgary.
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