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Vancouver seeks fifth straight win; Rittich in goal for Calgary

by Aaron Vickers / Independent Correspondent

CANUCKS (20-15-4) at FLAMES (20-15-5)

9:30 p.m. ET; SN, SN360, SN1, NHL.TV


The Game

The Vancouver Canucks will try to extend their winning streak to a season-long five straight games when they play the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday.

Vancouver, who won 3-2 against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, has outscored opponents 16-9 in a four-game winning streak that followed a three-game losing streak.

Thatcher Demko could start for the Canucks after Jacob Markstrom made an NHL career-high 49 saves against the Kings. Demko is 7-4-1 with a 3.00 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in 12 starts this season.

David Rittich will make his 31st start for the Flames, who are 2-3-1 in their past six games after a season-long seven-game winning streak. Rittich is 17-8-5 with a 2.65 GAA and .916 save percentage.

Players to watch

Vancouver forward Brock Boeser has five points (one goal, four assists) in a four-game point streak, and has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in his past 12 games.

Calgary forward Elias Lindholm has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past four games.


They said it

"We know that we can't play like this. We know we've got to work harder and be better with the puck." -- Canucks forward Elias Pettersson

"They have a deep lineup. They roll their lines and they can come at you in waves. We feel like our team is the same, so it's going to be a good game. These are fun games to play in, lots of good atmosphere in the building, and the importance in the standings is what brings all that emotion and energy out. We look forward to playing in another big one tonight." -- Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano  


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

Thatcher Demko

Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Zack MacEwen, Jordie Benn

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


Flames projected lineup

Matthew Tkachuk -- Elias Lindholm -- Andrew Mangiapane

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Mikael Backlund

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Dillon Dube

Tobias Rieder -- Mark Jankowski -- Michael Frolik

Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

Oliver Kylington -- Rasmus Andersson

David Rittich

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Sam Bennett, Zac Rinaldo, Michael Stone

Injured: None


Status report

The Canucks didn't skate, and the Flames held an optional morning skate. … Jankowski is expected to play after being a healthy scratch in four of the past five games.


Stat pack

Pettersson has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past four games. … Motte has goals in consecutive games. … Miller has five points (one goal, four assists) in a four-game point streak. … Tkachuk has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past four games.

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