Posted December 23, 2011 on AP on Fox
ANDY LEFKOWITZ STATS Writer Thanks largely to Henrik Sedin and Roberto Luongo, the Vancouver Canucks are in position to take over the lead in the Northwest Division. Curtis Glencross, meanwhile, is making sure the Calgary Flames don't fall farther back in the Western Conference race. The surging Canucks try to extend their dominance of the Flames on Friday night at Rogers Arena. Buoyed by a 12-2-1 stretch, the Canucks (21-11-2) have moved within one point of Minnesota - losers of six in a row - for first place in the Northwest. Henrik Sedin has tallied nearly half of his team-best 40 points during Vancouver's hot stretch. All three of his goals have come on the power play and he's chipped in 16 of his NHL-leading 31 assists. A notoriously slow starter, Luongo has turned things around. After struggling to a 7-6-1 record with a 3.05 goals-against average over the first two months, Luongo is 7-0-1 with a 1.46 GAA and his only shutout of the season since Dec. 4. He made 38 saves a...
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