CALGARY, AB -- Like the Calgary Flames, the Vancouver Canucks are desperately trying to claw their way back into the playoff picture in the Western Conference.
With 56 points on the year, the Canucks sit 11 points out of a postseason spot in the Pacific Division and are eight points out of a wildcard position in the West. They have gone 3-6-1 in their last 10 games and are coming off a 5-2 setback to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night in Vancouver.
"I thought the effort was there tonight. We need better execution," Daniel Sedin said after last night's loss. "All we can do is stick up for each other and play for each other. That's key right now. I think we did that better today, way better than the last two games. That's the only way you get out of this.
"Everyone comes to the rink with a positive attitude, play hard and things will be better. But obviously it's tough right now."
It is expected Jacob Markstrom will get the start in net tonight. He has had one career start against the Flames, earning a 5-1 win against Calgary on Apr. 13, 2014. The Swede has a 9-6-4 record this season with a 2.44 GAA and a .921 save percentage.
The Canucks have won one of the three games they have played against the Flames this year, with that victory coming on Oct. 7 in Calgary. The Flames have won both of their games in Vancouver, outscoring the Canucks 7-3 at Rogers Arena.
Alexandre Burrows and Daniel Sedin lead the Canucks in scoring against Calgary this year, with one goal and three points apiece.
Johnny Gaudreau and Jiri Hudler lead the Flames in the season series with one goal and four points each.
BREAKING DOWN THE CANUCKS
Power Play: 17.1 percent overall (30 goals scored in 175 chances with the man advantage), 13.2 percent on the road (11 goals scored in 83 chances with the man advantage)
Penalty Kill: 80.9 percent overall (35 goals allowed in 183 times being short-handed), 78.1 percent on the road (23 goals allowed in 105 times being short-handed)
2015-16 Record vs. the Flames: 1-1-1
2014-15 Record vs. the Flames: 2-2-0
Notable Injuries: Alexander Edler (fibula fracture), Brandon Sutter (fractured jaw)
Who's HOT: Henrik Sedin
The Canucks captain heads into tonight's game riding a four-game point streak in which he has one goal and five points. Henrik is currently second in team scoring with 10 goals and 42 points through 51 games this year.
In this year's season series against the Flames, Henrik has one goal.
Honourable Mention: Daniel Sedin
Like his brother, Daniel is coming into tonight's game with a point streak. In his last three games, the 35-year-old has one goal and four points. In last night's loss to the Ducks, he picked up two assists.
He has one goal and three points in three games against Calgary this season.
Who's NOT: Derek Dorsett
The 29-year-old right winger has just two assists to his name since Dec. 22 and has been pointless in his last seven skates. Dorsett, who posted a career-high 25 points with the Canucks last season, has three goals and nine points in 55 games this year.