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Canucks aim to stay hot at home vs. Jets

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Vancouver Canucks will shoot for a sixth straight home victory when they welcome the Winnipeg Jets for Sunday's clash at Rogers Arena.

The Canucks began the 2013-14 campaign with a disappointing 5-5-3 record as the host before rattling off wins in their last five outings in British Columbia.

Vancouver has a good chance at extending its home winning streak on Sunday against a Jets franchise that has had little success in this series. The Canucks are 8-2-1 with a tie in 12 all-time meetings against the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise, although Sunday's tilt is only the second encounter between the clubs since the Jets relocated from Atlanta prior to the 2011-12 season.

The Canucks boast a 4-1-0 mark with a tie in the six all-time matchups in B.C.

Vancouver recently went 1-1-1 on a three-game road trip and was able to salvage a win at Chicago in the finale of the swing on Friday. Daniel Sedin tied the game in the third period and Ryan Kesler scored the decisive goal in the eighth round of the shootout to help the Canucks beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks by a 3-2 score.

Kesler, the 16th and final shooter, used a backhand-forehand deke to beat Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta.

Eddie Lack allowed only one goal in the penalty shot tiebreaker after making 24 saves through overtime for the Canucks, who avoided going winless on a three-game road trip. They had opened December with seven consecutive wins before following up a shootout loss at Minnesota with a 4-1 setback in Dallas.

"I thought I let the first goal in a little cheap. I wanted to get it back and keep my team in it. We did a great job coming back from 2-0 and taking it to a shootout. It was a great game for sure," Lack said.

Roberto Luongo expects to get the start in net for the Canucks tonight. He is 11-11-1 with a tie and a 2.77 goals against average in 26 games (23 starts) against the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise.

The Jets have won two of their last three tilts after suffering through an 0-2-1 slide from Dec. 10-14.

Winnipeg halted the three-game skid with a win Monday in Columbus before falling in Buffalo the following night. However, the Jets were able to get back in the win column on Friday, when it notched a 5-2 home win over the Florida Panthers.

Evander Kane, Jacob Trouba and Michael Frolik each had a goal and an assist to help the Jets pick up their first home win in more than a month. The triumph snapped an 0-3-2 home slide for the Jets, who hadn't won at MTS Centre since beating Philadelphia on Nov. 15.

The win also came against a red-hot Panthers team that had won a season-high five straight games before getting upended in Winnipeg.

Tobias Enstrom and Blake Wheeler added goals to help the Jets. Dustin Byfuglien and Mark Scheifele each contributed a pair of assists to support a 21-save effort from Ondrej Pavelec.

"I thought the game was good, it was good to get the win at home," Winnipeg head coach Claude Noel said. "It's been a while since we cleanly got a win (here at MTS Centre)."

The Jets have similar records at home and on the road this season, going 8-8-4 at MTS Centre and 8-8-1 everywhere else.

Winnipeg forward Anthony Peluso is available for Sunday's game after serving a three-game suspension for boarding Dallas defenseman Alex Goligoski on Dec. 14. Peluso has just one goal in 16 games this season.

12/22 12:28:58 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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