Canucks see Stars as record slips

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

Vancouver Canucks are hoping to end a slump at both ends of the ice tonight when they return to GM Place to play the Dallas Stars (7 p.m., Team 1040/Sportsnet).

The latest loss was Saturday in Denver when Andrew Brunette notched a pair to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win. Canucks' goaltender Roberto Luongo faced only 20 shots.

Vancouver dropped to 7-8, including a shootout loss, with 15 points of a possible 30 after 15 games.

Canucks are losers of three consecutive games after a shootout win against the Washington Capitals. Pucks have crossed Luongo's line an average of once every 6.85 shots during the four-game period.

Canucks' $6-million man cannot be blamed for every goal he's allowed. The rest of the team has combined for two goals in each of the last four games, averaging one goal every 17 shots.

It won't get any easier as the 11-2 Stars are the first visitor of a six-game homestand, the Canucks' longest of the season. Mike Modano leads Dallas with eight goals while goaltender Marty Turco has nine of the club's wins. It will be Eric Lindros' first Vancouver appearance in the green, gold and black.

Western conference-leading Anaheim Ducks, the only club without a regulation time loss, visit Thursday.


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