Canucks beat Wild for 7th in a row:
Heading into Monday night the Canucks' 23-15-4 record leaves them 3rd in the Pacific Division, two points behind Vegas and one ahead of Edmonton. Vancouver sat sixth in the Western Conference standings.
The Canucks are 14-5-3 in your home, 5th finest in the league, but their 9-10-1 roadway records leaves them 24th.
After the Lightning, the Canucks play the Florida Panthers on Thursday, then the Sabres in Buffalo Saturday. The trip ends versus a pair of Western Conference challengers with video games in Minnesota Jan. 12 and Winnipeg Jan. 14.
"It's going to be a hard trip," stated defenceman Chris Tanev, one of two gamers left from Vancouver's Game 7 loss to Boston in the 2011 Stanley Cup final. "A lot of travel versus some great groups.
"It's going to be a challenge, especially towards the end when you are a little more exhausted. We're playing conference opponents that are also in the hunt for the playoffs. Those video games are going to be big."
Simply a couple of weeks ago Vancouver's future looked dark.
A 3-1 defeat in your home to the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 17 it was the Canucks' third consecutive loss and 4th in five video games. After beginning December in a playoff area, Vancouver had sunk to 11th in the Western Conference and were 4 points back of Calgary for the final wild card area in the West.
Ever since Vancouver has actually beaten Vegas, Pittsburgh, Edmonton, Los Angeles Calgary, Chicago and the Rangers.
The longest successive win streak for the Canucks because in between Dec. 1 and Dec. 14, 2013, has actually lightened the mood in the dressing space, putting smiles on the faces of gamers and the training personnel.
"We are feeling confident," said Horvat, who has contributed three objectives and five assists in the last five video games. "It's nice to be on a roll here. We need to keep it going. Every point is crucial now for the rest of the season."
Several factors have actually added to the Canucks' success.
Goaltender Jacob Markstrom has been outstanding. He's started 6 of the wins and allowed 2 or less goals four times. He had a career-high 49 conserves in a 3-2 win over L.A. and has actually been contributed to the All-Star Game lineup.
The Canucks, who have fought with scoring in the past, are creating lots of offence with 6 gamers scoring 10 or more goals.
Elias Pettersson, last year's top rookie, leads Vancouver with 19 objectives and 44 points. He has five goals and 4 assists in the last 7 video games. Defenceman Tyler Myers scored the winner versus the Rangers and has 3 objectives and an assist in the last three games.
Forwards Brock Boeser (one goal, 6 assists), Jake Virtanen (3-3), Tanner Pearson (5-5) and J.T. Miller (2-7) have actually likewise contributed throughout the streak.
Defenceman Quinn Hughes has 4 goals and 26 assists on the season and is 3rd in rookie scoring.
Vancouver's special teams have actually likewise contributed. The Canucks have actually scored 7 goals on 23 power-play attempts in the last 7 video games. Their charge kill has actually permitted simply 3 objectives on 21 man-advantages.
Up until now this season 11 Canucks have actually scored a power-play goal. The Vancouver power play is ranked fourth in the league at 26.1 per cent.
"I think we move the puck well," stated Pettersson, who has six power-play objectives, second to team-leader Miller with seven. "We're not worried to get the scoring opportunities. We don't take bad shots.
"We move the puck well and take the shot when we have the play."
The Canucks are trending in the right direction to end a streak of missing out on the playoffs five times in the last 6 years. Markstrom likes the way the group is playing however said a lot of hockey remains.
"You have to keep the train rolling," he stated. "You don't desire to have very long times of losing games. You desire to string video games together and we're doing that today.
"We can constantly play better."