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Canucks seek offense, win against Blue Jackets

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 7:39 PM

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Canucks seek offense, win against Blue Jackets
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Vancouver Canucks

BLUE JACKETS (8-11-3) at CANUCKS (11-8-4)


Last 10: Columbus 3-4-3; Vancouver 3-4-3

Season series: This is the second and final meeting between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks. Curtis McElhinney made 37 saves in the Blue Jackets' 3-1 win at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 20.

Big story: The Canucks are looking for some offense, having scored six goals during a five-game losing streak that represents their longest stretch without a victory since an eight-game skid in January 2009.

Team Scope:

Blue Jackets: One night after a dismal performance in a 7-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, Columbus rebounded with a 2-1 overtime win against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. Nikita Nikitin's first goal of the season was the game-winner.

"The great thing about sports is you always get a chance to prove yourself. Coming off [Tuesday] night, sometimes as a coach you're not sure what you're going to get. I'm real happy the way the guys stepped up tonight," coach Todd Richards said.

Columbus is 2-1-0 on a five-game Canadian road trip that ends Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Canucks: Vancouver begins the second half of a six-game homestand looking for its first win after losses to the San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars and Florida Panthers. The Canucks were outplayed in the first period of their 3-2 shootout loss to the Panthers on Tuesday and it cost them, according to coach John Tortorella.

"It was easily our worst game of the year. We didn't deserve a point. I just don't know what we're thinking as far as how we started the game," Tortorella said. "If it isn't for [Roberto Luongo], we are down, 3-0, 4-0. I can't explain it."

Luongo allowed the lone shootout goal to Jonathan Huberdeau on the Panthers' first attempt. The Canucks are now 1-3 in the tiebreaker this season.

"I gotta make a save on the first one there. I knew that was one of his moves and I ended up biting anyway, so I've got to do better than that," Luongo said

Who's hot: RJ Umberger has recorded a point in three of the past four games (two goals, one assist) for the Blue Jackets. … Luongo is 0-1-2 during the homestand but has allowed two goals in each game and posted a .933 save percentage.

Injury report: Already without the services of five players on injured reserve -- Nathan Horton (shoulder), Cody Bass (thumb), Matt Calvert (abdomen), Marian Gaborik (knee) and Dalton Prout (back) -- the Blue Jackets will be without their second-leading scorer, Brandon Dubinsky, who injured his foot in Tuesday's loss. … Forwards Jordan Schroeder (ankle) and Dale Weise (lower body) are on IR for the Canucks.

2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Nov 22 '13 CBJ 2 at VAN 6 H. Sedin
Oct 20 '13 VAN 1 at CBJ 3 R. Umberger
J. Wisniewski2221416-42500
B. Dubinsky2151015+14021
R. Johansen236713-71010
R. Umberger235712-4833
M. Gaborik175611+1600
N. Foligno175510+22401
A. Anisimov23639-5400
C. Atkinson23549-7411
F. Tyutin20268-5810
M. Letestu23167-4210
D. Savard19077+4800
N. Nikitin17156-5201
J. Johnson23235-112020
R. Murray23224-1610
B. Comeau23224-61300
D. MacKenzie22213-5900
B. Jenner13202-41420
J. Boll21101-63800
M. Calvert4101+1000
M. Chaput13011-1200
D. Prout13011-61200
S. Collins5011+2000
R. Craig3000-2000
J. Skille2000+0000
T. Erixon1000+1000
S. Bobrovsky197-10-2535542.95.904
C. McElhinney61-2-1121552.32.923
H. Sedin2461824+62021
D. Sedin2481220+52222
R. Kesler249716-21522
M. Santorelli245914+4602
C. Higgins247512+01002
B. Richardson245611+3801
K. Bieksa2411011+101910
R. Stanton241910+51300
J. Garrison24279-31410
A. Edler21358-81600
D. Hamhuis24437+21000
C. Tanev24077+4400
Z. Kassian19516+02600
J. Hansen14325-11001
D. Weise14134-4400
D. Booth13123+3200
A. Burrows12033-51100
D. Archibald8022+3000
T. Sestito24101-45200
J. Welsh15101+0600
Z. Dalpe11000-2000
Y. Weber10000-2000
J. Schroeder3000+0200
A. Alberts3000-1000
P. Pelletier1000+0000
R. Luongo2010-6-4465302.31.913
E. Lack52-2-0111242.41.911