The Vancouver Canucks might have a firm grasp on the second seed in the Western Conference, but they are having a hard time building momentum heading into the playoffs.
Looking to bounce back from their latest defeat, the Canucks face another difficult challenge Wednesday night when they visit a Chicago Blackhawks team trying to match a season high with its fifth consecutive victory.
Thanks to a comfortable lead in the Northwest Division, Vancouver (43-21-8) appears locked into the second seed in the West. However, the Canucks have not played like a playoff team during their current 3-5-2 stretch.
"We're always looking for wins," said captain Henrik Sedin, who has a team-leading 70 points but no goals and four assists in his last 11 games. "It's about playing our game and trusting that our system is going to win us games and not individual efforts."
That did not work for the Canucks during Monday's 2-0 loss at Minnesota. Despite putting 33 shots on net, the Canucks lost for the ...