After cooling off the Edmonton Oilers with a 4-0 win on Thursday, the Vancouver Canucks will attempt to stay perfect post-Derek Roy trade on Saturday night. The Canucks visit the Calgary Flames for 7 pm PT start in a game pitting the Northwest Division leaders against a fading team that has lost four straight.
The Flames’ 30 points on the season land them at second-to-last in the Western Conference, and they recently suffered an 8-2 loss to Edmonton. Transitive logic does not spell good things for Calgary, but far more significant evidence entering this matchup is the way Vancouver’s second line has played since the trade that brought in Derek Roy.
With Roy at No. 2 center, the Chris Higgins-Jannik Hansen-Roy line certainly produced offensively on Thursday, generating eight shots and a goal in the rout.
“That line had some great looks,” Canucks Coach Alain Vigneault said via NHL.com. “Higgins played a real strong game at both ends of the rink and made some real good plays offensively. For our first game with those three guys together, I’m real happy with that line.”
Vancouver and the Minnesota Wild were both matching each other win-for-win in late March, but now the Wild have cooled off and allowed Vancouver to take the division points lead at 46-44, with favorable matchup awaiting the Canucks tonight.