STANDINGS NEVER A STAND STILL
Teams in the Western conference are neck and neck in points with teams in third to ninth place separated by just six points. Every point is huge as teams fight for a playoff position and it couldn’t be more true for the Canucks.
Vancouver, who was fifth in the conference and second in the Northwest division entering last night’s game, has slipped to seventh after losing two points to the Nashville Predators. As a result, the Preds moved up the standings to take over fifth and bumped the Canucks to seventh place, ahead of the LA Kings.
The Canucks didn’t get any help with the crucial divisional matchup between the Flames and Avalanche Monday night resulting in a three point game and the decision eventually going to the Avs. Calgary and Colorado are tied for first in the division with 58 points.
The San Jose Sharks were 2-1 victors over the Los Angeles Kings Monday night. The Sharks maintain first place in the Pacific Division increasing their point total to 65, putting them one point behind the Chicago Blackhawks, who currently hold first place in the Western Conference.
The Canucks now sit two points back of top spot in the division and will get a chance to reclaim the lead Wednesday night in Minnesota.
There will be little movement amongst the Western teams tonight with just three teams in the top eight - San Jose, Phoenix, and Nashville - in action tonight.
ON A ROLL
Henrik Sedin’s assist in Monday night’s game against the Predators increase his game point streak to ten. Before his current ten game point streak, Hank held a nine game point streak earlier this season from December 2 - December 18. Of the 46 games he has played this season, he has been held off the scoresheet in just 10 games.
Henrik is now tied with former Canucks players Pavel Bure and Alexander Mogilny who also had ten game point streaks. In the past 10 outings, Henrik is 5-15-20, while Bure went 8-8-16 in 1997 and Mogilny was 9-6-15 in the 1996 season during their 10-game spans.
The players with the highest point streaks in history for Vancouver, both with 15, are Petr Nedved (15-9-24), who achieved this in 1992, and Todd Bertuzzi (7-12-19) in 2002.
In the 2008-2009 regular season, Henrik earned 82 points with 22 goals and 60 assists. His previous longest point streak was seven, which he achieved last year.
As of Tuesday morning, Henrik holds the NHL scoring lead at 64 points - five ahead of Joe Thornton and eight more than Sidney Crosby.
The game against Nashville seemed to be a stalemate at 2-2 until the latter part of the third period when Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows received a penalty each causing a two man advantage for the Predators in the last five minutes of the game.
Barry Trotz called a time out and defencemen Shea Weber scored the winning goal 0:2 into the powerplay.
“There wasn’t a lot of room on the ice from both teams,” said Coach Alain Vigneault post-game. “It was unfortunate, that powerplay where Alex was handcuffed a little bit at the point. That was their first shot, first scoring chance. They scored and then from there I thought we battled pretty hard. It was a hard fought game.”
Alex Burrows scored both goals for the Canucks against Nashville and has earned ten points in his last five games.