Recent history says that may be the case.
On Monday night, Vancouver shoots for its seventh victory in eight meetings against Ottawa, which has lost 15 of 16.
The Canucks (34-10-9) also carry a five-game winning streak into this game, but they had to rally from a one-goal deficit Friday with less than 10 minutes remaining for a 4-3 victory against Chicago. Henrik Sedin(notes) scored the tying goal with 9:51 to go, then Daniel Sedin(notes) followed with the winner at the four-minute mark.
Daniel Sedin’s goal gave him 28 this season and 69 points, good for second in the NHL. Henrik Sedin, who won the Art Ross and Hart trophies last season, added two assists and is fourth in the league with 65 points.
“Now I know what it feels like to be up there, but it’s a good feeling when you are winning games too,” Daniel Sedin said. “It’s a confident group in here.”
The Canucks improved to 10-0-4 at home since Dec. 8 and are the highest-scoring team in the Western Conference with 177 goals. They’ve earned a point in 30 of 33 games and lead the race for the Presidents’ Trophy with 77 points.
“To be down 3-2 with 10 minutes to go and come back and win that’s huge for our confidence,” Henrik Sedin said.
Ottawa (17-28-8) has rapidly fallen out of playoff contention in the Eastern Conference, losing 5-3 on Saturday against the New York Islanders for its ninth straight loss.
The Senators are 1-11-4 in their last 16 and have been outscored 64-31 during that stretch. They haven’t lost 10 straight since an 11-game slid from Dec. 30, 1995-Jan. 25, 1996.
“Our margin for error right now is zero,” coach Cory Clouston said.
Brian Elliott(notes) was pulled after allowing three goals on 13 shots in the first period and replaced by Robin Lehner(notes), who stopped 23 of 24 shots. However, Lehner’s elbowing penalty on Islanders goaltender Kevin Poulin(notes) as they skated past each other at the end of the second period led to a 5-on-3 advantage to start the third for New York.
Lehner disagreed with the call, but the Islanders scored the winner on the ensuing power play.
“We need better goaltending, I don’t know how else to say it,” Clouston said. “We shouldn’t have went into the (second) period tied 3-3. It should have been at least a one- or two-goal lead for sure. That ended up costing us in the long run.”
Ottawa hasn’t won in Vancouver since March 13, 2004, losing three straight there. The Canucks have outscored the Senators 24-11 while going 6-0-1 in the last seven meetings.