The Canucks are coming off a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers in their opener, which gave them an opportunity to wrap up their homestand.
The Canucks have the league’s best record, but their only victory in that stretch came against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.
The Canucks will need to do a better job of keeping their offensive pace on the back end of the game if they want to hold on to the lead.
The Rangers were able to score six goals in the third period on Tuesday night, which was their third goal of the night.
As noted above, the Rangers were shutout in their first two games and have struggled to find consistency on the offensive end of things.
The Canuck defencemen have had a difficult time keeping up with the speed of the Rangers’ forwards this season, which is expected to continue Tuesday night against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.
The Canucks need to be much more aggressive on the penalty kill, as they have been in the past.
Ryan Kesler has been a huge contributor to the team’s offence, but he’ll need to come up with more of an offensive punch if he wants to be a factor offensively.
It’s not a surprise that he’s been struggling, as he’s one of the most effective players in the league.
A goal by Henrik Sedin will help the Canucks get a little more offensive going.
He’s been solid in his first two starts, and he should have more of a chance to score if the Canucks keep the game close.
The big question mark is whether the Canucks will be able to find the back of the net against the team that’s held them to just two goals on 26 shots in their last three games.
The Rangers will be a better team offensively if they keep the puck out of the Canucks’ zone, which has been their strength all season.
The team has been outscored by a whopping 23-7 over the past two games, which shows that the team is still trying to find chemistry.
It won’t be easy against a team that has struggled offensively all year, and that should be a major focus for the Canucks on Tuesday.
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