Originally written February 15, 2013 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Six in a row? Why not make it a lucky seven? The Canucks are back in action tomorrow against the visiting Dallas Stars, who are fresh off a lose at the hands of the Calgary Flames. The Canucks have won six in a row and are looking to make it seven. This is the Canucks third game of a four game home stand, next up after Dallas are the the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. This is the first meeting between the Stars and the Canucks and it marks the return of fan coach favorite Aaron Rome. It’s also a chance for Canucks fans to see future hall of famer Jaromir Jagr. Home is where the heart is…and where most of the wins happen The Canucks are 5-1-1 this season at home, despite some close calls they’ve found ways to win. The Stars on the other hand are coming off of a 7-4 beating on Wednesday night and are below .500 on the road at 4-5-0. The crowd should be extra fired up for this game, it’s expected that this will be Ryan Kesler’s first game of the season. The building could use some buzz, it’s been awful quite this year. Cory Schneider is getting the start in goal, he’s 4-2-0 this season with a 2.36 GAA and has a .921 SV%. What the Canucks need to do to win: Score early and keep the lead. Dallas showed last night that they’re able to bounce back. Though they played one of the worst first periods I’ve watched this season, they were still able to claw their way back time and time again. It’s expected that this will be Ryan Kesler’s first game of the season If it weren’t for their terrible start and poor goaltending, the game could have been much different. The Canucks can’t afford to go up a couple and sit back, they’ll need to play hard and retain a lead from the get go. Stop Jagr The Canucks need to try and contain Jagr, he’s far too good down low and on the half wall, even at his age. His a dominant player who can hang on to the puck for long periods of time and leave other players wide open. The Canucks need to respect that and watch out for additional traffic. If the Canucks are able to contain him, it certainly helps in getting them closer to a win. Though they can’t solely focus on him, the Stars do have other scoring threats in their lineup. Stretch the Stars out Much like Calgary did to the Stars last night, the Canucks need to stretch out the Stars D. Some Sedin like passing and some solid North-South play will help strech out the Stars D. The Canucks have speed and know how to use it. Activating the D in these types of situations adds to it. If the Canucks can wear the Stars out by playing a solid North-South game and getting the D in on the scoring, their going to increase their chances of winning. Get on Dallas early and keep the lead, keep attacking, don’t sit back. Contain Jaromir Jagr, don’t let him have too much time, but don’t  leave the rest of the players open and stretch the Stars out. Those are my keys to winning this game. There you have it, folks. The Canucks stick to these three things and maybe get a little help from their special teams and we’ll be talking about taking this streak to eight games. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE CANUCKS BLOG IN THE CLUBHOUSE TODAY!
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