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Canucks host Flames in clash between struggling teams

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Vancouver Canucks aim to put a horrid road trip behind them on Saturday night as they return home to face the also-struggling Calgary Flames.

The Canucks scored just one goal over an 0-3-0 swing on the West Coast. They began the trip by getting shut out 1-0 in Los Angeles, were blasted 9-1 in Anaheim on Wednesday and then blanked 1-0 again the following night in Phoenix.

Eddie Lack, who allowed three goals on 13 shots in just under 24 minutes of action versus the Ducks, was solid with 22 saves on Thursday, yielding the game's lone goal with 7:09 to play in the first period.

The struggling offense failed to do its part, going 0-for-7 on the power play, and Vancouver lost for the eighth time in its past nine games (1-5-3). That has dropped the Canucks into a tie with Minnesota for seventh place in the Western Conference, six points behind sixth-place Los Angeles.

"It's a team that is having a hell of a time making an offensive play," said Vancouver head coach John Tortorella. "It's a game of those little details and things just aren't working."

Tortorella's offense also saw two players suffer injuries as forward Mike Santorelli left the game in the second period and reportedly exited the arena with his arm in a sling, while forward David Booth took a high stick to the face that drew a double minor penalty.

Vancouver was also without No. 1 netminder Roberto Luongo for a sixth game in a row with an ankle injury and it remains unknown when he will be able to return.

That could mean Lack starts again tonight, though the rookie has won both of his meetings with the Flames this season. He made his NHL debut in Calgary on Oct. 6 and stopped 32-of-36 shots faced in a 5-4 victory, then logged an 18- save shutout -- the second of his career -- on the road in a Dec. 29 encounter.

With the two road wins, the Canucks have won four straight, 12 of 16 and 16 of their last 21 meetings with the Flames. They have claimed four straight and nine of the last 11 at home.

Calgary will still be glad to visit Vancouver given its current home struggles.

The Flames lost a 5-2 decision to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, Calgary's seventh straight loss at home. It has been outscored 22-4 over that club- record home losing streak.

Mark Giordano and Lance Bouma scored for the Flames, losers in nine of their last 11 overall. Reto Berra surrendered all five goals on just 23 shots in the loss.

"It's pretty tough to generate energy when you give the first two goals. In the NHL you let guys get great shots right from 10-15 feet from the net you're looking for trouble," stated Flames head coach Bob Hartley. "Obviously with the way that we played here in the past games our confidence is very fragile."

Calgary was again without forward Mike Cammalleri due to a concussion, while forward Blair Jones missed his 11th game in a row with a meniscal tear. However, he has been cleared to return and on Friday skated on a line with Paul Byron and Matt Stajan.

Karri Ramo is scheduled to start for Calgary and is 1-1-0 with a 2.52 GAA in two previous encounters with the Canucks.

Ramo posted his first NHL shutout on Monday versus Carolina, but then yielded four goals on 34 shots the following night in a loss to Nashville.

01/18 11:34:01 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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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