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The Vancouver Canucks have dealt with their share of struggles, though few teams have been playing worse than the New York Islanders.
After an up-and-down road trip, Vancouver begins a three-game homestand Sunday night against an Islanders squad which is winless on the road.
Vancouver (8-8-1) likely envisioned a better start after its run to the Stanley Cup finals last season. The Canucks have yet to put together more than two consecutive victories after finishing a 3-3-0 road trip with a 4-3 loss Friday in Anaheim.
Vancouver fell behind 4-0 after two periods, and a third-period rally in which it outshot Anaheim 22-2 fell short.
''In the third period, we played the way we should play and showed how good we can be,'' said Daniel Sedin, who had two assists and is among the league leaders with 16. "In the first two periods, we weren't good enough. We should play the whole game like we did in the third period.''
Aaron Rome didn't help matters when he received a game misconduct and five-minute major for a hit on Anaheim's Devante Smith-Pelly, as Vancouver allowed two goals during the second-period penalty kill.
Rome likely will be considered a repeat offender when the league reviews the hit, which could lead to a suspension. The defenseman knocked Boston's Nathan Horton out of the finals with a hard hit in Game 3 and was suspended for the rest of the series.
Roberto Luongo allowed four goals on 19 shots Friday before Cory Schneider replaced him to start the third period, and it's unclear who will start this game. Luongo is 4-7-2 with one tie and a 3.00 goals-against average in his last 14 appearances against the Islanders, which drafted him fourth overall in 1997.
No matter who gets the nod, Vancouver seems to have a solid chance of bouncing back against struggling New York (4-6-3).
The Islanders are 1-5-3 in their last nine games after blowing a three-goal lead in a 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado on Thursday. The defense allowed 51 shots to reach goaltender Al Montoya, who made 47 saves but committed a high-sticking penalty in overtime which led to a power-play goal.
"When you get a couple goals scored on you, you tend to seize up and that's what we did," said Brian Rolston, who scored in the loss. "That's the time when we need to be confident and make confident plays with the puck. We didn't do that. That's something that needs to be stressed."
The loss dropped the Islanders to 0-3-2 on the road, marking the second time in three seasons they've lost their first five away from home.
New York had lost seven of eight in Vancouver before winning the last meeting there 5-2 on March 16, 2010, behind two goals and three assists from John Tavares.
He also scored in the Canucks' 4-3 shootout victory in the most recent matchup Jan. 11, when Daniel Sedin had an assist to give him two goals and seven assists during a six-game point streak versus the Islanders.
Daniel's twin brother, Henrik, has identical statistics against New York during that span.
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Midway through the second period, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome laid this hit on Anaheim Ducks rookie Devante Smith-Pelly:
Rome was given five minutes for elbowing and a 10-minute game misconduct. Smith-Pelly went to the locker room, but returned a short while later.
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Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome has gotten his teammates' attention.
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The Vancouver Canucks will play their first home game in over two weeks when they host the struggling New York Islanders tonight at Rogers Arena.