The Vancouver Canucks were in sore need of a victory after losing two straight contests. Vancouver scored three early goals and held on for a 3-2 win Tuesday night to go back into first place in the Northwest Division. The Canucks have a lot of work to do, however, if they want to hold on to first place and gain home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs.
There are three straight games on the road upcoming for the Canucks where Vancouver must strike for at least four points. There appears to be a ton of competition coming from behind with the Minnesota Wild finally getting their act together, so the Canucks are in need of a solid streak of games.
I think that Vancouver is going to finish with the divisional championship when all is said and done. The team can then be the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference and avoid playing both of the top teams in the conference before the conference finals arrive.
I am pleased that Cory Schneider got the start Tuesday night as well. That is a step in the right direction for Vancouver, who needs to decide on which goalie they are going to go with for the playoffs. If players like Henrik Sedin and his brother Daniel Sedin continue their scoring attack and Vancouver makes Schneider their goalie for the rest of the season, who knows how far this Vancouver team can go in the playoffs.