Toronto (7-6-4) at Vancouver (9-6-1), 7:00pm EST
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) — After seeing their
three-game winning streak come to an end by the slimmest of
margins, the Vancouver Canucks will look to rebound on Saturday
as they finish off a six-game homestand.
The Canucks host the Toronto Maple Leafs as they look to pick up
their fourth victory in five chances. They fell in a shootout
to the Colorado Avalanche, 2-1, on Wednesday after recording
three consecutive shutouts in a five-day span.
Red-hot goaltender Roberto Luongo recovered from a pair of
lackluster starts – during which he surrendered a combined nine
goals – to record three straight shutouts, making 81 saves in
that span. He came close to making it four in a row on before
Paul Stastny’s power-play goal in the third period got past him
to tie the game.
He leads the league with five shutouts – more than double the
total of his closest competitor. He is already two away from
matching his career high of seven, set in 2003-04 with the
Luongo will likely have more than his share of chances against
the Leafs, who lead the Eastern Conference in scoring and are
third in the NHL with 588 shots on goal this campaign.
Toronto comes into the game above the .500 mark but has had an
up-and-down season. The Leafs have stumbled through winless
streaks of five and three games, but have won two of their last
three. On Thursday, they scored three times in the second
period en route to a 5-2 triumph over the Edmonton Oilers as
center Matt Stajan recorded three assists.
The former second-round pick – who has never had more than 39
points in a single season – is in the midst of a five-game
scoring streak. and has recorded a point in 10 of his last 11
games. Over his last five, he has posted a goal and eight
assists and leads the club with 16 points.