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Canucks shut out Kings and now heavily put their hopes on Edmonton

I can't top what was written at Yahoo's game review:

Luongo faced one fewer shot all game than he did in the first period in a 46-save, 4-1 win over Calgary on Tuesday night. The 13th-place Kings only fired 13 shots through two periods—four fewer than Luongo saw the first 10 minutes against the Flames.

Amazing isn't it? The Canucks repeatedly mentioned after last game that they needed to tighten up defensively as a group and that is exactly what they did against the Kings. Sure, a 6-0 destruction of Los Angeles would have been great, but at least we know Vancouver has not lost it's defensive touch.

Now I'm going to watch a Flames-Oilers game more closely than I have since I can remember. If the Oilers pull off a win tomorrow night the Canucks can win the Northwest Division with a victory over the Avalanche on Saturday afternoon. The pressure is now on Calgary.

I thought Mats Sundin had another good game. He fired 7 pucks on net, with one of them resulting in a Ryan Kesler goal. That would be 25% of the Canucks' overall shots. Sundin was getting in his favorite spots to shoot those pucks. I wouldn't say his shots were always top-calibre, but the effort was appreciated.  He looks to be rounding into playoff form. *Editor's note: It looks like Ed Willies of The Province agrees.*

Luongo now holds the Canucks record for shutouts in a single season (8), surpassing Dan Cloutier's mark. He is one shutout away from tying the Canucks' team record for all-time shutouts (Kirk McLean-20). More Canucks records here.

So now let's see what the Canucks do against Colorado. They won a wide-open style against the Flames and now a trapping 1-0 victory over the Kings. Maybe the Avalanche game will be a blend of both. If that is the case I like our chances.

A cruel twist in the schedule has the Canucks playing the Avalanche on Saturday at 12:00 PST. What the hell is that all about? The Avs began a 3 game homestand tonight with a loss to the Stars in a shootout.

Did you know that the only team that Colorado has beaten in their last 11 games is the....Canucks. Good grief.

By the way, Joe Sakic will not play for the Avalanche on Saturday.


Go Oilers!