A rash of injuries hasn’t prevented the Vancouver Canucks from stringing together some wins.
The surging Canucks look for a season-high fourth consecutive victory when they visit the Dallas Stars on Friday night.
Alex Burrows(notes) had a goal with an assist and recently acquired Matt Pettinger(notes) also scored to help short-handed Vancouver (10-7-0) post a 5-2 win at Minnesota in the opener of a five-game road trip Thursday.
The result was a third straight win and fourth in five games for the Canucks, who are playing without stars Roberto Luongo(notes) (rib injury), Daniel Sedin(notes) (foot), Pavol Demitra(notes) (shoulder) and Steve Bernier(notes) (flu). Vancouver entered that contest having lost 82 man-games to injury.
While the Canucks are fortunate to get contributions from some unlikely sources, players like Burrows and Henrik Sedin(notes) - who scored his eighth goal Thursday—are still expected to carry the load in the offensive end.
Burrows had a goal while Henrik Sedin and Samuelsson each added two assists in Vancouver’s 4-3 shootout win at home over Dallas on Oct. 11. Sedin has two goals and four assists in his last three games versus the Stars.
While Luongo likely won’t return until next week, the red-hot Raycroft is expected to be back in net for this contest. The former Calder Trophy winner is 4-1-0 with a league-leading 1.60 goals-against average this season, and 3-0-0 with a 1.67 GAA against Dallas.
Vancouver is 3-5-0 on the road, but will try for a fourth straight win over Dallas (6-3-6), which tries to bounce back after a 3-2 overtime loss to Calgary on Wednesday.
Despite the return of longtime veterans Mike Modano(notes) and Jere Lehtinen(notes) from injuries Wednesday, Dallas dropped to 0-1-2 after winning two in a row. The Stars are 1-0-6 in games that have gone beyond regulation.
“We want those points,” said center Mike Ribeiro(notes), who’s gone without a point in his last two contests, but had a goal with an assist against the Canucks last month. “But we cannot look back now, we can only look forward and focus for the next game.”