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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks

A career night by the Sedin twins may have been the spark the Vancouver Canucks need to move back atop the Northwest Division.

The Canucks look for their seventh straight win over the Chicago Blackhawks and try to contain Martin Havlat when the teams meet Wednesday at GM Place.

Vancouver, which has outscored Chicago 7-1 in two meetings this season, hasn't lost to the Blackhawks since an overtime defeat on March 19, 2004.

The Canucks (30-20-4) also have won eight straight home games over the Blackhawks, limiting them to two goals or less in seven of those contests.

Behind the Sedins, Vancouver posted a 5-2 win at Edmonton on Tuesday for its second win over the Oilers in six days. Daniel Sedin had three goals and two assists - the first five-point night of his career - and Henrik Sedin added a career-high four assists.

The victory, combined with Calgary's 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago, moved the Canucks within one point of the Flames for the division lead.

"It was a big game, so it was nice to get some goals and contribute like that," Daniel Sedin said. "When the puck goes your way like that, it makes for a fun night. It's been an up and down season. The last little bit we have been lucky to get some goals."

Henrik Sedin said the big night was even better because it came on the road at the expense of a division rival.

"Tonight we got back scoring," he said. "It is good for the team. It was a huge win and to do that in their building was big for us."

Daniel Sedin has six goals and four assists in a season high-tying five-game points streak - his fourth of that length this season. The Canucks' leader with 23 goals and 55 points, he has four assists in the two games against Chicago in 2006-07.

Henrik Sedin, meanwhile, has two goals and five assists in a three-game run. His 46 assists lead Vancouver, and he's second in scoring behind his twin brother with 53 points. He posted his first two goals of the season and added an assist in a 5-0 win over the Blackhawks on Oct. 25.

The Blackhawks may have an answer for the Sedins in Havlat. The All-Star scored twice late in regulation and added a shootout goal Tuesday as Chicago (20-26-7) rallied past the Flames.

"We knew that until the 60th minute, it's not over," said Havlat, who has five goals and three assists in a five-game points streak on the road. "Nobody was quitting until the last second and that's why we got the two points tonight."

Havlat has scored 13 of his 19 goals and 23 of his 38 points on the road this season.

The matchup between the Sedins and Havlat also will showcase the three most successful picks from the first round of the 1999 draft. The Sedins were selected second and third by the Canucks, and Havlat was picked 26th overall by Ottawa.

Tuesday's victory was the third in four games for the Blackhawks following a 10-game losing skid.

2006-2007 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 16 '07 VAN 2 at CHI 1 - SO T. Linden
Feb 07 '07 CHI 3 at VAN 0 A. Aucoin
Nov 19 '06 CHI 1 at VAN 2 J. Green
Oct 25 '06 VAN 5 at CHI 0 M. Cooke