GAME: Phoenix Coyotes (21-34-18-6) at Vancouver Canucks (39-24-10-5).
TIME: Monday, 10 p.m. EST.
The Vancouver Canucks have already clinched a spot in the playoffs.
Now, they'll look to earn home-ice in the first round as they host the
The Canucks beat Dallas 3-2 in overtime on Saturday, clinching their berth
in the postseason. They have won two straight since a five-game winless streak
Vancouver is just one point behind Northwest Division-leading Colorado and
two behind the fourth-place Stars in the conference standings.
The three division winners earn the top seeds in the playoffs, and the top
four teams in the conference earn home-ice in the first round.
Brendan Morrison scored 40 seconds into overtime, just over 10 minutes after
Geoff Sanderson scored the game-tying goal. Daniel Sedin added his first goal
in 15 games since scoring four against Detroit on Feb. 24.
"It's always important you get a little bit of confidence against a team
you may face in the playoffs," coach Marc Crawford said. "We haven't played
very well against them this year."
Vancouver has gone 3-3-2-1 since Todd Bertuzzi was suspended indefinitely
for sucker-punching Colorado's Steve Moore.
"We've had to deal with a lot of adversity here," Morrison said. "I'm not
making any excuses, a lot teams go through it, but these last few games are a
step in the right direction."
The Coyotes lost 4-2 to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday despite two goals from
captain Shane Doan. Phoenix has lost three straight by a combined score of
Daymond Langkow had two assists for the Coyotes, whose only win in their
last 19 games was a 3-2 overtime victory over Minnesota last Monday (1-11-4-3).
The Canucks are undefeated in their last eight games against the Coyotes
(6-0-2), and have not lost in the series since a 6-1 defeat in Phoenix on March
The Coyotes have not won in Vancouver since a 3-2 victory on Oct. 21, 2000.
STANDINGS: Coyotes - 66 points, 5th place, 34 PB, Pacific Division. Canucks
- 93 points, 2nd place, 1 PB, Northwest Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Coyotes - Doan, 27 goals, 41 assists and 68 points; Andrei
Nazarov, 125 PIM. Canucks - Markus Naslund, 32 goals, 47 assists and 79 points;
Brad May, 135 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 27): Coyotes - Power play: 14.6 percent (50 for
343), 25th in NHL. Penalty killing: 82.2 percent (318 for 387), 24th. Canucks -
Power play: 14.9 percent (55 for 368), 23rd. Penalty killing: 85.8 percent (297
for 346), 4th.
GOALTENDERS: Coyotes - Brian Boucher (9-18-10, 5 SO, 2.70 GAA); Brent
Johnson (5-6-2, 1, 2.60). Canucks - Dan Cloutier (29-21-6, 5, 2.35); Alex Auld
(2-2-2, 0, 2.06).
SEASON SERIES: Canucks, 2-0-1.
LAST MEETING: Jan. 13; Canucks, 4-1. At Phoenix, Naslund had two goals,
including one empty-netter, for the Canucks, who scored two goals in the first
period and two in the third.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Coyotes - 11-15-11-2 on the road; Canucks - 19-13-7-0 at