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New York 3-5-1 in past nine; Vancouver eyes seventh straight win to extend longest active NHL streak

by Kevin Woodley / Independent Correspondent

RANGERS (19-17-4) at CANUCKS (22-15-4)

10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, SN360, SN1, CITY, MSG, NHL.TV


The Game 

The Vancouver Canucks will try to extend their season-long winning streak to seven games when they host the New York Rangers at Rogers Arena on Saturday.

The Canucks have outscored opponents 28-16 in their six straight victories, the longest active streak in the NHL. They will look to match their longest run since a seven-game winning streak from Dec. 1-14, 2013. 

Goalie Jacob Markstrom will start; he has won his past five starts with a 2.79 goals-against average and .924 save percentage.

The Rangers, who look to avoid their third consecutive loss, are 3-5-1 in their past nine games. Goalie Alexandar Georgiev, who was pulled after allowing six goals on 24 shots in 7-5 loss at the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, will start.


Players to watch

Rangers forward Artemi Panarin has 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in his past 12 games.

Canucks forward Brock Boeser has seven points (one goal, six assists) in a six-game point streak.


They said it

"I actually asked him, 'Is this the best hockey you've ever played?' And he paused and he pondered whether it had been and he said, 'I'm not sure.' He didn't want to say it has been the best hockey he's ever played but statistically, it certainly seems that way." -- Rangers coach David Quinn on forward Artemi Panarin

"He's played well for us, well deserving of it. He has been a starter for a couple years and to see him get acknowledged is good." -- Canucks coach Travis Green on goalie Jacob Markstrom being named to his first NHL All-Star Game on Friday


Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast

Brett Howden -- Filip Chytil -- Kaapo Kakko

Brendan Smith -- Greg McKegg -- Micheal Haley

Brady Skjei -- Jacob Trouba

Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo

Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox

Alexandar Georgiev

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: Steven Fogarty

Injured: Libor Hajek (knee), Brendan Lemieux (hand)


Canucks projected lineup 

J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Loui Eriksson

Antoine Roussel -- Adam Gaudette -- Jake Virtanen

Tyler Motte -- Jay Beagle -- Tim Schaller

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher

Oscar Fantenberg -- Tyler Myers

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Zack MacEwen, Jordie Benn

Injured: Josh Leivo  (fractured kneecap), Brandon Sutter (upper body), Micheal Ferland (upper body), Tyler Graovac (lower body)


Status report

Lundqvist did not take part in the morning skate Saturday because of an illness but is expected to dress as the backup. … Ferland and Sutter each skated on his own Saturday and could join Vancouver on its five-game road trip that starts Tuesday, Green said.


Stat pack

Strome has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past four games. … Zibanejad has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 13 games against Vancouver. … Pearson has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past two games. … Pettersson (five goals, four assists) and Miller (two goals, seven assists) each has nine points in his past six games.

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