Canucks need some luck

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

Can the Vancouver Canucks re-discover how to win today in Columbus, Ohio?

They might need all the luck of the Irish to do just that.

Canucks face the Blue Jackets at 4 p.m. (CKNW/Sportsnet) to complete a three-game road trip. The team is on a five-game losing streak in which star players Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison have failed to record a single point.

Canucks have scored just once in 28 power plays during this month's slump, but they'll be looking to channel the magic they exhibited Feb. 6.

That's when five Canucks - including Naslund and Bertuzzi - netted goals on the power play in a 7-4 win over Columbus at General Motors Place.

Canucks, 35-26 with six overtime or shootout losses, are languishing in eighth place, two points ahead of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the race for the final Western Conference playoff spot. Ducks, however, have three games in hand.

Blue Jackets are 13th at 26-37-3 and won't be playing beyond the regular season. Rick Nash, who scored twice last month in Vancouver, will be looking to play the spoiler role.

The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Canucks.

They host the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday at 7 p.m. (CKNW/pay-per-view). Detroit (45-15-5) is best in the West and challenging for the President's Trophy, given the National Hockey League's top regular season squad. Canucks then play the Edmonton Oilers once in Alberta and twice in Vancouver.

Former Canuck and Red Wing Igor Larionov will be at GM Place Sunday night to autograph copies of his Farewell from Moscow: the Igor Larionov Farewell Game documentary DVD from 2004.

The Canucks are also welcoming Paul and Andrew, subjects of the National Film Board documentary When Hockey Came to Belfast which shows how hockey united communities once divided by religion in Northern Ireland. The lads are in Vancouver for a screening during this weekend's CelticFest Vancouver.


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