Calgary in Vancouver
The Canucks are back in action tonight hosting the Calgary Flames. The Flames are coming off of their first two game win streak of the season with wins over the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings.
The Canucks are also coming into tonight’s game on a hot streak, having won their last four games in a row.
Tonight marks the second of four meetings between the two division rivals. Vancouver gave up a two goal lead, but was able to win it in the shootout.
Here, then, are my Canucks gameday tips for how to put up a W in the win column tonight.
Back at Home
The Canucks are back at home for the next four games. In five games on home ice the Canucks are 3-1-1, while the Flames, on the road are 2-0-1.
The Canucks will look to take the home ice advantage and use it to their advantage. Things have been pretty quiet around Rogers Arena this season, so hopefully a divisional game against the hated Flames on Hockey Night in Canada will help get the place going.
This is just a guess at this point, but I would imagine Cory Schneider will get the start tonight after a strong performance in Minnesota on Thursday night.
What the Canucks need to do to win:
Get to Calgary early and often
Now that the Calgary Flames have put goalie Mikka Kuprusoff on the IR, it leaves Leland Irving as the starter for the time being. A great way for the Canucks to get the building loud nice and early would be to score often and early and keep on them.
The Canucks have dominated the Flames at home for a number of years now and with Kiprusoff out of tonight’s contest there’s no better way to get going than to rattle the cage of Irving.
The Canucks need both the penalty kill and power play in top form tonight. Calgary’s power play is one of the best in the league, so staying out of the box could save the Canucks some unneeded PK time.
As for the power play, it was nice to see it get going against the Wild on Thursday with one goal, but in order to put their stamp on this game, Vancouver will need to capitalize on all it’s man advantage chances.
The Twins get going
Henrik and Daniel Sedin haven’t quite been their usual selves yet this season, in fact, Henrik has yet to score a goal in the first 10 games.
In order for the Canucks to continue their dominance over the Flames, the Twins will need to have a big game tonight.
Controlling the play down low in Calgary’s zone, coming to life on the power play and overall just working that wonderful Sedin magic they seem to work against Calgary.
There you have it, ladies and gents. Those are my keys to winning the game tonight.
The Canucks need to get on the Flames early and often, dominate the special teams game and Daniel and Henrik need to really come to life tonight.