That’s the opposite of how both clubs have fared through most of the season.
The Canucks and their league-leading power play will try to bounce back Wednesday night when they host the Blue Jackets, owners of the NHL’s second-worst unit.
Vancouver (16-8-4) is converting 25.0 percent of its chances, with Daniel Sedin(notes) among the league leaders with eight of his team-high 16 goals coming on the power play. The Canucks, though, went 0 for 4 in Sunday’s 2-1 victory at Edmonton.
Columbus (16-11-2) scored on its only power-play opportunity when captain Rick Nash(notes) came through with 3:41 left in regulation in Monday’s 3-2 overtime loss at Calgary. The Blue Jackets’ 11.7 percentage is the worst in the Western Conference, and ahead of only Florida’s 8.3.
The Sedin brothers have tormented many opponents, and Columbus is no exception. They combined for 10 points in the season series in 2009-10 as Vancouver scored 18 goals in going 3-1-0.
“They were outstanding,” coach Alain Vigneault said. “That was probably the best game they have played so far this year and we need them to play that way. They made some smart plays with the puck in their end of the rink and were really solid in our end when Edmonton came in. They played the type of game that we need and expect them to play.”
The Canucks did not allow a shot in the third period until Jordan Eberle’s(notes) goal with five seconds left that prevented Roberto Luongo(notes) from earning his third shutout. Luongo faced 12 shots - the lowest total he has seen in his career while playing the entire game.
Luongo is 4-1-3 with a 2.37 goals-against average in eight home starts against Columbus with Vancouver. The lone regulation loss came last season when the Blue Jackets spoiled Vancouver’s home opener with a 5-3 victory as Luongo was chased early in the second period.
Columbus fell to 0-3-1 in its last four on the road Monday, but took solace in rallying from a two-goal deficit 4:25 into the game.
“It’s tough to swallow, but we’ll look at it as a good point,” Nash said. “We were down 2-0 after five minutes. To salvage a point out of it, it’s good. I felt we dominated that last half of the game, which was important for us.”
“Sometimes as a coach you let the kid battle through it,” coach Scott Arniel said. “I felt I wanted to make that move because I really wanted to battle back in this game.”
Neither goalie has played well in Vancouver. Mason is 2-2-0 with a 4.64 GAA in four games while Garon is 2-5-0 with a 3.68 GAA in seven starts.
The Blue Jackets activated left wing Kristian Huselius(notes) off the injured list prior to this game and placed center Derek MacKenzie(notes) on it. Huselius has missed the last 22 games due to a lower-body injury.