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Unfriendly Manitoba

...Canucks haven't won in Winnipeg for quite some time

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Vancouver Canucks

Friendly Manitoba? No chance. It has been anything but to the Vancouver Canucks.

The last time the Canucks came into Winnipeg and took two points from the Jets was March 12, 2014, a stretch of five years, 10 months and two days; over that span, Vancouver has lost eight consecutive games at Bell MTS Place.

The Canucks beat the Jets 3-2 in a shootout on March 12, 2014, with Chris Higgins scoring the game-winner and Eddie Lack getting the win in net.

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That was a long, long time ago.

What gives?

"I have no idea," said Bo Horvat, who has never won a game in Winnipeg. "They come out hard and they play well in this building. They're a big, strong, heavy team that can skate, so we've got to stick to our game plan and weather the storm early."

Horvat, now 24, was a member of the London Knights the last time Vancouver won in Winnipeg. It's something he'd like to check off his hockey bucket list.

"I don't think we've won in Toronto or Montreal since I've been here either, so I'd like to end all those streaks this year. We can start with one tonight."

Maybe it's not Winnipeg, but the Jets in general. The Canucks are 1-9-0 in their last 10 against the Jets and winless in their last nine meetings overall, having been outscored 31-10 in those nine outings. It's a 14-2-2 stretch in favour of the Jets going back 16 games and the Jets have only played the Canucks 20 times since moving from Atlanta back to the prairies.

Why bring all this up on the Canucks website, to Canucks fans? Why even mention Vancouver has two or less goals in 11 of their last 13 games against Winnipeg? Because it's time for a change and that can only happen when we recognize the past.

Now that we have, let's move on.

There are two massive points up for grabs tonight and a win would put the Canucks in first place in the Pacific Division. The standings have been of keen interest of late and will be for the rest of the season.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't checking every single day," said Horvat. "It's crazy, you win seven in a row, then you lose one and you're right out of the playoffs. You win another two and you're right back up to third in your division, it's weird that way, and just shows how important these points are right now."

Canucks fans, please join me in burying a mental toonie in the ice at Bell MTS Place. We need luck on our side to bump this bizarre Winnipeg slump.

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