The Vancouver Canucks had a rough start to the season. After winning their first four games, they lost nine straight and were shut out four times in the process.
But as the Canucks prepare to take on the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night, there's much more hope than there was a month ago.
The Canucks are 7-4-1 in their past 12 games as the embark on a five-game trip that could push them closer to a playoff spot in the West. They are four points out of a wild-card spot, partly because of the weakened conference, but that doesn't matter to the players, who are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel.
"We're getting wins every once in a while," Canucks center Bo Horvat said. "We need to put a string together. To lose a lot of games in a row and just win here and there is not good enough. We have to start winning more hockey games."
"Anybody can do it in this league," Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller said. "There are a lot of points out there to be had. We've got under 60 games, I guess. It's a lot of hockey. It's a lot of room to improve for us."
While the Canucks (11-12-2) have the benefit of playing in the NHL's worst division, the Devils (11-7-6) have fallen behind the pack thanks to some recent struggles. << Read more...
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