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The Vancouver Canucks have been getting outstanding goaltending from Cory Schneider during their winning streak. If the top line of Henrik and Daniel Sedin and Alex Burrows can pick up the pace, there's no telling how much further they can extend their run.
Vancouver goes for a seventh consecutive victory Saturday night when they visit an Edmonton Oilers team trying to go unbeaten in a season-high three straight games.
With Roberto Luongo on the bench - and possibly on his way out of town with Wednesday's trade deadline looming - Schneider has taken a firm hold on the No. 1 goaltender spot, giving up six goals and recording two shutouts during the Canucks' run.
Vancouver (19-9-6) has won six straight despite scoring just 13 times, going 1 for 15 on the power play in that span. The club may have gotten a positive sign Thursday, however, as the Sedins and Burrows each had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 victory over Colorado.
The line totaled two goals and three assists in the previous five contests.
"They've been playing well,'' coach Alain Vigneault said. "They've been spending some time in the other team's end and they've been getting some chances. They weren't getting a lot of reward for their effort but tonight they did.''
Vancouver could use another big effort as it goes for its first seven-game winning streak since last March 22-April 3.
The Canucks are also looking to extend a four-game road win streak, and they'll be trying for their sixth victory in eight visits to Rexall Place following a 3-2 overtime win Feb. 4.
Chris Tanev's first NHL goal completed the Canucks' rally from two down in that contest after Luongo stopped a Taylor Hall penalty shot earlier in the extra period.
The Oilers have been outscored 20-11 while losing five of six in this Northwest Division series, but they enter this contest with some momentum and are three points outside the top eight in the Western Conference.
After ending an 0-2-1 skid with a 3-0 victory at St. Louis on Tuesday - which coach Ralph Krueger called the "most complete game of the year" - Edmonton overcame 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 deficits in a 6-4 win over Columbus on Thursday.
"With the mistakes we made, finding a way to stay in it and continue to push and shut it down in the third (scoring three unanswered goals), it's a good feeling,'' said center Sam Gagner, who had a goal and two assists.
" ... We need to find ways to win here at home and playing with energy and creating chances for ourselves. When we do that you can see how loud it gets in this building.''
Devan Dubnyk, who stopped all nine shots faced as Nikolai Khabibulin's third-period replacement Thursday, should be in net as the Oilers go for their first three-game run since Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2012.
Dubnyk has turned aside 64 of 69 shots against the Canucks this season, as well as both shootout attempts in a 3-2 road win Jan. 20 that ended a four-game losing streak to Vancouver.
Daniel Sedin has three goals and three assists in a five-game point streak in this series, while Henrik has three goals and 10 assists in his last nine road games against Edmonton.
Schneider hasn't faced the Oilers since last season. He's 1-0-0 with a 1.31 goals-against average in three appearances - one start - in Edmonton.
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It took a while, but Cory Schneider has finally taken charge in goal for the Vancouver Canucks. Veteran Roberto Luongo has become the most lavishly paid back-up in NHL history.So the Canucks need to finally move him for whatever the team can fetch. If the wealthy Maple Leafs franchise is willing to take the remainder of that 12-year contract off the Vancouver books, GM Mike Gillis...
With days left before the trade deadline, it’s clear to most that if the Canucks have designs on bringing the first Stanley Cup in team history home to Vancouver, they will need to do something. They have a need for a centre, which I outlined three days ago. That’s their primary need, but that’s not the only need. I believe the Canucks should be looking at a defenceman as well...
Daniel Sedin scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and added an assist, Alex Burrows also had a goal and an assist and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Thursday night.
Sedin took a feed from Burrows at the top of the left circle and sent a low wrist shot through Semyon Varlamov's legs - with twin brother Henrik Sedin screening in front - at 11...
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
As has been the case for 11 months, ever since it became clear the Vancouver Canucks intended to hand the No. 1 goaltending job to Cory Schneider, it’s clear all roads for Luongo’s exodus out of British Columbia logically lead to Toronto.
Which is probably why talks between the Canucks and Maple Leafs quietly resumed this week...
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
If a draft pick and a low-rent prospect is all the Canucks are going to be offered for Roberto Luongo, they are not likely trading him, meaning, of course, he will play again in a Canucks uniform. Or rot on the bench.
Just days from the deadline, the Canucks seem to still believe they can get a player to help them immediately...
The Canucks close off March with a meeting against their Northwest rival Edmonton Oilers. It's been a while since these two teams hooked up this year, they last saw each other in early February when the Canucks won 3-2.
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Nice first period Vancouver?!?! They got blitzed tonight 4-0 in the first period. The scoring held up. Edmonton 4-0 over the Canucks tonight.
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Who knows for sure whether or not Roberto Luongo finally ends up in Toronto, but it appears the rumors won’t go away until he’s shipped to the Maple Leafs or lands elsewhere.
The Toronto Star reports that the Maple Leafs and Canucks recently resumed trade discussions about the veteran goaltender. Trade talks reportedly been ongoing for quite some time, and while they may have...
The Vancouver Canucks take on the Edmonton Oilers tonight
at 7PM PT. The Nucks vie for their seventh consecutive victory. Edmonton has won two in a row and sits just three points removed from eighth-place.
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During their latest loss to the Vancouver Canucks, the Colorado Avalanche offered its fans a glimpse into the future, a glimpse of their talent.
Even though the score was 4-1, the Avs played well enough to be in the game, even to win. Eventually, the experience of the Sedin twins took over and gave the Canucks a win but it was a game that the Avs showed their talent.
Cory Schneider and the Vancouver Canucks continued their dominance of the last-place Colorado Avalanche earlier this week.
Doing it again will send the Avalanche to their longest road losing streak in 23 years.
Schneider is scheduled to be back in net as the Canucks try to beat the Avalanche for a 10th straight meeting Thursday night at Rogers Arena.
Schneider had 26 saves in...