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GAME DAY PREVIEW- Game 56: Canucks vs Calgary

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After dropping the last three games of that 5 game road swing, the Canucks hope that home ice is still an advantage as they take on Calgary in a huge Hockey Day in Canada battle.

Calgary Flames v Vancouver Canucks Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs MINNESOTA WILD

7:00PM PST ROGERS ARENA, VANCOUVER, BC

TV: CBC, SN, SN1, SN360, CITY. RADIO: SN650.

OPPOSITION BLOG: MATCHSTICKS AND GASOLINE

Arriving at home, where they’ve won 9 straight games couldn’t have come at a better time, as the Canucks look to stop a losing skid that’s now at 3 games. It’s a bit complicated however, as they don’t know yet if they’ll have Elias Pettersson for tonight’s game after he was unable to go Thursday night in Minnesota. They’ve also recalled Guilliame Brisebois from Utica thanks to the injury suffered by Oscar Fantenberg on an unpenalized hit after the whistle by the Wild’s Marcus Foligno.

With the battle for the Pacific title and playoff spots increasing in ferocity with every passing day, each game is a must win. The Canucks lead atop the division is now a mere 2 points over Vegas, and with all of the teams battling for spots playing today except Chicago, the most important thing is for the Canucks to take care of themselves before worrying about others.

The Flames are still without Mark Giordano, but have won their last two games heading into tonight (so read into that what you will).

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