The Canucks look to snap a four-game losing streak tonight when they face the Winnipeg Jets, who bring a three-game winless skid into the contest.
If there's one thing that should be consistent regardless of whether a team is in the playoff hunt or not, it's putting forth their best effort on the ice each and every night. Daniel Sedin's now-infamous comments following Saturday's lackluster 3-0 loss to the Blues suggests clearly that hasn't happened over the last several outings. If there's an opponent that should to spark the Canucks to put their best foot forward, it should be the Jets. Vancouver ought to have revenge on their minds with Winnipeg already having posted two wins over them this season and in convincing fashion no less.
The Canucks welcomed Jannik Hansen and Yannick Weber back to practice yesterday but it does not appear either will get into the line-up tonight. Vancouver did shuffle the look of their lines with the most notable changes being Alex Burrows being reunited with the Sedin twins, and Jared McCann moving to the wing on a unit with Linden Vey and Emerson Etem. Assuming the Canucks continue their trend of alternating their netminders, expect Jacob Markstrom to be between the pipes.
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Party like it's 2010. It may be a reunion tour, or maybe it's a farewell tour. Either way, Alex Burrows returns to a familiar spot tonight when he lines up with Daniel and Henrik Sedin on the top line. Perhaps nostalgia can help the Canucks turn back the clock and put some goals up on the board.
Lead with the hits. The Jets aren't afraid to throw their weight around and they have the big bodies to do so, but the Canucks now have a few heavy hitters of their own with the recent additions of Tryamkin and Pedan. Vancouver seems to be at their best when they're the aggressors on the hitting front and they'll want to let their physical play set the tone.
Give no reason for optimism. When you're a team that has struggled as the Canucks have, almost any bit of adversity can destroy your confidence. If the Jets can storm out early and have some early success, it might just be enough to send the visitors quietly into the night.
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By the Numbers
Points needed by Jets F Mark Scheifele to tie his career-high in points with 49.
Straight losses in head-to-head games for the Canucks against the Jets.
Points, all assists, for Jets F Mathieu Perreault (currently injured) so far in the season series leading all players.
Straight games without a power play goal for the Canucks (0-for-23). Their longest such streak this season is 9 games.
Hit differential in favour of the Jets after two games in the season series (50 to 29).
Consecutive minutes of play without a goal scored by the Canucks (H. Sedin vs COL on Mar. 16, 1st period).
- The Jets were full value for their win over the Canucks back on March 14 when they rolled in Rogers Arena and embarrassed the home team by a 5-2 score. Since then, however, they haven't looked good dropping three in a row albeit managing to earn a single point against the Ducks on Sunday in a 3-2 overtime defeat.
- The Jets' offence, which looked unstoppable eight nights ago at Rogers Arena, has almost completely abandoned them during this mini-funk with Winnipeg managing just a grand total of three goals. Meeting the Canucks, however, might just be the cure to what ails the offence. Winnipeg has out-scored Vancouver by a combined 9-3 in two meetings this season.
- Getting Mark Scheifele back on track offensively would go a long way for Winnipeg solving their goal-scoring issues. Since having his eight-game point streak snapped, Scheifele has gone three straight without a point marking his longest drought since a four-game funk from February 9 to 16.
- A healthy and productive Marko Dano is also high on the Jets' wish list. Dano has points in just three of 11 games played with Winnipeg since coming over from Chicago but three of those points (2-1-3) came against the Canucks on March 14. He also recorded a season-high four shots on goal that night. Dano missed the Jets' last game on Sunday with an illness but is hopeful to be back tonight.
- While any solution they come up with now will be too late to salvage their season, the Jets would love to get a head start on finding the right personnel that can produce on the power play, which has been consistently among the league's worst all season long. The PP is mired in a 1-for-28 funk right now over the last nine games.
- As far as keeping the puck out of their own net, the Jets really can't go wrong with either Ondrej Pavelec or Michael Hutchinson tonight as both have earned a win in the season series and looked good in doing so. That being said, both have had their struggles lately. Pavelec has lost two straight starts allowing eight goals on 57 combined shots over those two outings and has just one win in his last five starts. Hutchinson, meanwhile, also has just one win in his last five starts and has allowed three-or-more goals in those four defeats.