The Vancouver Canucks took care of business Saturday night against the Calgary Flames. Brothers Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin combined for six points as the Canucks comfortably dealt the Flames a 5-2 defeat.
The Canucks offensive effort has dramatically changed since acquiring Derek Roy from the Dallas Stars. He has added skill, balance and energy to the Vancouver lineup, a missing link perhaps? The team has not scored four or more goals in back-to-back victories since Feb. 7 and 9, a feat that has now been accomplished for the second time this season.
It is evident that at the very least, Roy has sparked the Canucks at a point in the season where getting hot could make all the difference.
The Canucks square off Monday night against an equally warm Phoenix Coyotes team that is riding a three game winning streak themselves. The Coyotes find themselves in the 9th spot in the Western Conference, three points behind the Detroit Red Wings. A tough road win in Vancouver could propel the Coyotes into a playoff berth type winning streak.
A Victory is equally important to the Canucks. It would widen the gap between the Canucks and the unscheduled Minnesota Wild to four points for the division lead. With 10 games to go in the season, the slightest amount of breathing room would be a relief to the Canucks as they buckle down for the home stretch.
Everything seems to be clicking at the right time for the Canucks, and I expect them to continue their win streak at home. The cohesion the team now poses with the acquisition Roy, combined with the timely goaltending Cory Schneider, has been providing. The Vancouver Canucks will be a tough team to beat at the moment.