Canucks Next Game: Trying to douse those red-hot Flames


Calgary comes into Rogers Arena riding high on a franchise-record 10-game winning streak that has them first, and pulling away, in the Pacific Division

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CALGARY FLAMES

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30-13-6, 1st in Pacific Division

at VANCOUVER CANUCKS

24-22-6, 6th in Pacific Division

thursday7 p.m., Rogers Arena.

TV: Sportsnet. Radio: Sportsnet 650.


WHY WATCH

Can Canucks find even-strength mojo to master Markstrom?

The Flames are torching teams by scoring in bunches during a 10-game win streak that matches a franchise high. They had 42 goals and netted six on three occasions during the run. They’re also stingy. They surrendered just 15 goals during the streak, are allowing a league low 2.33 goals per outing and have given up the fewest goals at even strength. The Canucks rank 26th in 5-on-5 scoring and must find some mojo. Their ticket may be the rejuvenated Elias Pettersson, who has 10 points (3-7) in his last six games and 17 points (8-9) in his last 15.

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LEADER POINTS

FLAMES

1. Johnny Gaudreau GP 49 W 20 A 44 PTS 64 (+41)

2. Matthew Tkachuk GP 49 W 24 A 32 PTS 56 (+34)

3. Elias Lindholm GP 49 W 23 A 26 PTS 49 (+39)

CANUCKS

1. JT Miller GP 50 G 18 A 35 PTS 53 (+2)

2. Quinn Hughes GP 48 W 4 A 35 PTS 39 (+9)

3. Elias Pettersson GP 52 W 14 A 20 PTS 34 (+1)


SPECIAL TEAMS

FLAMES: PP 21.8% (11th) PK 85.6% (3rd)

CANUCKS: PP 19.5% (17th) PK 69.9% (32nd)


THREE THINGS ABOUT THE FLAMES

• Markstrom making mark: Jacob Markstrom, the former Canucks starter, hasn’t had a shutout since blanking the Canucks 1-0 in overtime on Jan. 29 to start a 10-game win streak. I have faced just 15 shots that night. Markstrom has eight shutouts this season, two shy of the team record established by Miikka Kiprusoff in 2005-06.

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• Lindholm is on fire: Elias Lindholm has plenty of first-line swagger with goals in eight consecutive games, including a deflection with 43.6 seconds left Monday against Winnipeg for his third straight game winner. His eight-game streak ties the franchise record set by Gary Roberts (1993) and Kent Nilsson (1983).

• Toffoli gets PP1 call: Right-shot Tyler Toffoli is on the first power-play unit. Lindholm is the other right shot while Gaudreau and Tkachuk are lefties. It bumps Sean Monahan to PP2. Toffoli, the former Canuck winger, lit up his former club last season with 13 points (8-5) in eight games with the Canadiens.

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