GAME: Tampa Bay Lightning (21-16-6-2) at Vancouver Canucks (25-14-7-2).
TIME: Wednesday, 10 p.m. EST.
The Vancouver Canucks have history on their side as they try to end their
longest home winless streak in four years.
The Canucks look to snap a seven-game winless skid at GM Place when they
meet a Tampa Bay Lightning team that hasn't registered a victory in any of its
eight visits to Vancouver.
The Canucks have been one of the most dominant road teams in the NHL this
season, with a league-leading 14 wins away from home.
The Canucks returned to GM Place to begin a season high-tying, five-game
homestand Saturday, but fell 2-1 to the lowly Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
Vancouver then lost 3-2 to the Dallas Stars on Monday to drop to 0-5-2 in
its last seven games on home ice. The Canucks haven't won at home since beating
the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in overtime Dec. 14.
Vancouver hasn't gone without a victory in eight straight games at home
since an 0-3-2-3 stretch from Dec. 26, 1999-Jan. 25, 2000.
The Canucks have lost three straight overall for the first time since early
March 2002, and have fallen out of the top spot in the Northwest Division for
the first time since October. Vancouver is two points behind the Colorado
"We're not playing our best hockey, it's as simple as that," Canucks
captain Markus Naslund said. "We have to simplify, we have to put on our work
boots and go out and work hard and good things will happen."
Tampa Bay has lost two in a row since a five-game winning streak. The
Lightning fell 5-4 in overtime to Colorado on Monday, and will now be trying to
end their skid in Vancouver, where they've been outscored 35-13 in going 0-6-2.
Tampa Bay took a 4-3 lead into the third period, but allowed the tying goal
by Milan Hejduk at 13:41. Hejduk then beat the Lightning with a penalty shot 59
seconds into overtime after getting tripped from behind by defenseman Brad
"I do feel better because we got a point," Tampa Bay leading scorer Martin
St. Louis said. "But I'm disappointed the way we're playing late in the third