The Vancouver Canucks aren’t having much trouble winning on the road. At home, however, victories haven’t been coming quite as easily.
The Canucks look to snap a four-game home winless streak as they host the Florida Panthers at General Motors Place.
Vancouver beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 5-2 on Friday, extending their team-record road winning streak to seven games. The Canucks are 10-1-1 in their last 12 games away from Vancouver, but just 0-3-1 in their last four at home.
“I think it’s more a case of simplifying our game on the road,” said Marcus Naslund, who had two goals and earned his 800th career point Friday. “If we simplify our game and play hard, I think we should also be successful at home.
“But I think we try to put a little too much pressure on ourselves at home and try to put on a show.”
“Dan made the saves that he needed to make, he made the saves that he should make, and he made a few others as well,” Vancouver coach Marc Crawford said. “Good goaltending allows your team to become very confident.”
Forwards Matt Cooke (back spasms) and Magnus Arvedson (sprained knee) were injured Friday, and Artem Chubarov missed the game with what Crawford termed an “undisclosed injury.” Cooke will have an MRI exam Monday, and Arvedson is expected to miss a week.
The Canucks, who were already carrying two extra forwards, recalled center Brandon Reid from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on Saturday. Reid is expected to play against the Panthers.
Florida is coming off Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Calgary Flames—their second defeat in seven games (2-2-2-1). Nathan Horton and Kristian Huselius scored for the Panthers, who opened a three-game road trip.