GAME: Calgary Flames (27-20-5-3) at Vancouver Canucks (31-15-7-3).
TIME: Wednesday, 10 p.m. EST.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin sent the Vancouver Canucks into the All-Star break
on a high note.
Now the twins - and linemates - look to help the Canucks climb to the top of
their conference as they host the Calgary Flames.
Daniel and Henrik each scored and assisted on one another's goals in
Vancouver's 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, giving the Canucks
five wins in their last seven games before the break (5-1-0-1).
The two have scored at least one goal between them in 10 of Vancouver's last
16 games. Henrik has 23 points in his last 23 games and three goals and seven
assists in his last six.
Daniel has 16 points in his last 15 contests, and two goals and six assists
in his last six.
"We've been working pretty good," Daniel said. "We've played with
different linemates and it has just been clicking lately. We had chances before
but weren't able to put them in. It's a nice feeling now that we are."
Vancouver's line of Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison has
been the Canucks' main offensive threat this season. But coach Marc Crawford
said that the Sedins thrive while being overshadowed by the top line.
"They benefit from the fact that Morrison's line gets a lot of attention,"
Crawford said. "They don't get the top defensive pair. There'll be a time in
their careers where it's going to be them."
Trevor Linden also scored against the Devils, matching Stan Smyl as
Vancouver's all-time leading scorer with 673 points. Dan Cloutier stopped 24
shots for his third shutout of the season.
The Canucks assigned defenseman Martin Grenier and forwards Tyler Bouck and
Wade Brookbank to Manitoba of the AHL on Friday.
The Flames are coming off Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers. Dean
McAmmond and Jarome Iginla each scored twice for the Flames, who welcomed
goalie Miikka Kiprusoff back.
Kiprusoff, who leads the NHL with a 1.51 goals-against average, stopped 23
shots. He missed 19 games after spraining his knee on Dec. 29, and the Flames
went 7-10-2 while he was out.