GAME DAY NOTES
After last night’s 5-2 victory over the Devils, the Canucks, looking to keep their momentum from Wednesday’s quick start and solid finish, now travel into enemy territory to take on the struggling Philadelphia Flyers, who have just one win in their last six games.
The Canucks, with the second best power play in the league running at a 24.1 efficiency rating, look to pick up a couple more points in their second match-up of their four-game eastern swing. However, Philly, not too far behind, rank fourth in the league with their power play, despite their recent losing skid.
Netminder Roberto Luongo, who had posted 5-3-0 record since returning from a rib injury, is expected to get the start in the second of two back-to-back games.
During their only meeting last season, the Flyers edged out the Canucks 3-2. Puck drops at 4 PST.
After running dry with only three assists during Daniel's 18 game absence, line mate Alex Burrows is finally getting a little puck luck and a few good bounces notching three goals and two assists (3-2-5) in the five games since being reunited with the twins.
"I know I kept going to the net and it wasn't going,” explained Burrows. “The breaks weren't there. Now I go there and I don't even know what happened and I have a goal.”
"Burrows had a real good net presence and he played real solid for us," said head coach Alain Vigneault. "I just think those three guys really read off one another well. They understand their role on that line. That's why those guys are a big part of our team."
“Anybody that has played with the twins has had production offensively, but the ones that seem to have a little bit more are the ones that can do two things: cycle with them and…net presence. Guys that disturb the goaltender just seem to have a little bit more success.”
"I know what I have to do,” stated Burrows after the teams’ victory over New Jersey. “I have to go to the net and clear out space for Danny and Hank and that's what we did, especially in the first. I know it's important for our team to get the first goal, especially on the road. We have to keep that going now."
Picking up where they left off last season, combined the trio have amassed 16 points in their last four games.
But Burrows isn’t the only one benefiting from Daniels return.
"He's a point-a-game guy, one of the top players in the league. He doesn't only make a difference line to line, but for the other team to match up, now they're putting their top [defence] pairing against Danny and Hank and it opens Kes's line for more room on the ice. Same with Kyle's line. It has a huge impact having Danny in the lineup."
Daniel, who returned to the lineup Nov. 22 after missing 18 games with a broken foot, has notched seven points (2-5-0) in seven games this season.