The Vancouver Canucks are on track to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2014-15 thanks to a 9-2-0 run that started Dec. 19 and moved them from 5th place and eight points out of first place in the Pacific Division to third place and one point from first.
The top five teams in the division are separated by two points. The Canucks (25-17-4) are behind the Calgary Flames (25-17-5) and Arizona Coyotes (25-18-5) and ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights (24-18-6) and Edmonton Oilers (24-18-5).
Bo Horvat scored twice, J.T. Miller had two assists and Jacob Markstrom made 23 saves in a 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday. Horvat leads Vancouver with 14 points (six goals, eight assists) during the surge and Markstrom is 8-1-0 with a 2.90 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in that span.
Huberdeau makes history for Panthers
Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist to pass Olli Jokinen for the most points in Florida Panthers history in an 8-4 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at BB&T Center.
Huberdeau assisted on Mike Hoffman's power-play goal at 4:33 of the third period to give the No. 3 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft 420 points (143 goals, 277 assists) since making his NHL debut for the Panthers with three points (one goal, two assists) on Jan. 19, 2013.
The forward leads Florida (24-16-5) with 61 points (18 goals, 43 assists) and is the second Panthers player to reach 60 points in less than 45 games (Pavel Bure in 1999-00).
Lightning winning streak ends at 10 games
The Tampa Bay Lightning's winning streak ended at 10 games with a 3-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. The run tied the longest in Lightning history (Feb. 9-27, 2019) and this season by the New York Islanders (Oct. 12-Nov. 5).
The Devils/Colorado Rockies/Kansas City Scouts franchise ended an opponent's winning streak of at least 10 games for the fourth time in their history. The Rockies tied the Montreal Canadiens 3-3 on Feb. 16, 1982; the Devils tied the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-6 on April 14, 1993; and New Jersey defeated the Nashville Predators 3-2 on March 10, 2018.