Don’t look now, but the Vancouver Canucks are one of the hottest teams in the NHL this month. Vancouver has not lost in February and is currently riding a six-game win streak thanks to the stellar play of both of their goaltenders. Wait, BOTH of their goaltenders? Yes, they figured out a way to make it work with Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo this season and are 8-2-2 as a result. The Canucks have a five point lead in the Northwest Division and are third in the entire Western Conference.
Vancouver has seen their special teams improve and are now getting scoring from a variety of sources. After games against the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers that saw Vancouver win despite going 0-for-4 on the power play, the Canucks have a power play goal in each of their last three games. Only three players on the team have yet to register a point and half the players on the Canucks roster have five points or more.
The Canucks are allowing the third fewest goals of any team in the league but could stand to improve their penalty kill. The way they continue to make things work with two quality netminders despite heading into the season with almost everyone expecting Luongo to be traded elsewhere continues to astound and amaze. In the current streak, Luongo won three straight games, Schneider took over for two wins and then Luongo started and won Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild. If they can continue sharing the crease harmoniously, the Canucks should have no problem staying hot.
Two of the next three games for Vancouver will be big tests as the surging Dallas Stars pay a visit and the Canucks travel to face the league-leading Blackhawks with a game against the St. Louis Blues wedged in between.