That wasn't the case against a couple of the NHL's other struggling teams recently and it cost the Canucks valuable points in their race to get back into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Vancouver lost 6-3 to the last-place the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 26 and needed a late rally to earn a point before losing 3-2 in a shootout to the Arizona Coyotes, who are 14th in the Western Conference, on March 5.
Toronto comes to Vancouver in 13th place in the Eastern Conference after a 6-3 loss Friday to the Calgary Flames, has five wins in its last 31 games and has only won one road game in 2015. Of course, the Coyotes had lost 10 straight before beating Vancouver.
"I can stand here and say a lot of different things but it's about us being ready," Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said. "The first five minutes we have to come out and show that we're not going to let this one slip away and not give Toronto any life."