Vancouver Canucks Clinch Playoff Spot, Aim for Division and More

By Taylor Martucci
Anne-Marie Sorvin- USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Canucks clinched a 2013 Stanley Cup Playoff berth Saturday night when they defeated the Detroit Red Wings in a shootout. Cory Schneider had thirty-three saves and was exceptional in the shootout, leading his team to victory. The berth sent the Canucks to the postseason for their fifth year in a row. Although with the Northwest Division still undecided, the Canucks have some unfinished business to attend to.

The Canucks are six points clear of the Minnesota Wild for the Northwest Division. Any amount of points would clinch a fifth straight title for the Canucks as well as guaranteeing them at least the third seed for the playoffs. Likewise, any loss from the Wild would determine both their and Vancouver’s divisional fate.

Luckily for the Canucks, they are in complete control of their destiny and would shock all of Canada if they did not come away with at least a division title this season; a title that would be their tenth in franchise history. They head into tonight’s matchup with the Chicago Blackhawks with the opportunity to do so. The team is 1-0-1 against the Blackhawks this season, both winning and losing a shootout against Chicago. A win tonight would be a big statement from the Canucks as they would clinch the division as well as knock off the number one seed in the Western Conference.

Moreover, the Canucks are only five points behind the Anaheim Ducks for the second overall seed in the Western Conference, a position Vancouver would like to find themselves in. With Anaheim in action tonight, by tomorrow, Vancouver could find themselves both a division champion and a serious candidate for the number two overall seed in the west.

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