The surging Vancouver Canucks have seemed to recapture the form that brought them within a victory of the Stanley Cup last season.
Luongo - and the Canucks (15-10-1) - were much better Sunday. Starting for the first time in three weeks, he made 21 saves in a 5-1 victory over Calgary, Vancouver’s sixth in its last seven.
“It was nice to get back in there with a win,” Luongo said. “That was the goal, and the boys did a great job.”
Luongo was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy last season after winning 38 games with a career-best 2.11 goals-against average before helping Vancouver reach Game 7 of the finals, but struggled to a 6-5-1 start with a 3.14 GAA before taking a shot to the mask against the New York Islanders last month.
He’ll likely get the start Tuesday as Vancouver looks to extend its point streak against Colorado to 13 games. The Canucks have outscored the Avalanche 48-24 while going 10-0-2 in the series since Nov. 1, 2009.
Luongo is 6-0-2 with a 2.58 GAA in his last eight starts during that run, while Schneider is 3-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA - including a shutout in Denver on Nov. 23.
“I don’t think I’ve had this many points in a row,” O’Reilly said. “My linemates make me look good.”
The Avs (13-13-1) had gone 3-9-1 in their previous 13 games prior to their current streak, during which they’ve outscored their opponents 12-5.
“Hopefully, we’re turning the tide a bit here and it’s nice to get some wins at home,” said winger T.J. Galiardi(notes), who has two goals in his last three games. “We talked about it before the New Jersey game (Nov. 30), we needed somewhere to start, something to build off of and since then we’ve been playing some pretty good hockey.”
Burrows has scored in two straight games versus the Avs. Kesler has five goals in his last seven in the series.
Canucks forward Chris Higgins(notes) will miss this game after being diagnosed with a staph infection in his right foot, an ailment coach Alain Vigneault said also happened to Higgins last season with Florida.