Canucks, Wild on very different streaks

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

Are the Vancouver Canucks on a skate to eight?

The Canucks haven't lost since before Christmas, but their seven-game winning streak includes two shootout and two overtime wins. They have only three regulation victories - two of which were one-goal victories and another an impressive 6-2 embarrassment of the Edmonton Oilers. Three of the tiebreakers were against Western conference opponents, which meant the Canucks only netted one point in each of those three games.

The Minnesota Wild, tonight's opponent, is carrying an 11-game road losing streak and has only four wins away from the Twin Cities.

Tonight's game (7 p.m., Team 1040/Sportsnet) will end a four-game homestand.

Tonight will also be the first game since Canuck goaltender Roberto Luongo was named NHL's first star of the week and voted to start for the Western conference in the Jan. 24 All-Star Game in Dallas.

The cult campaign to elect journeyman blueliner Rory Fitzpatrick fell almost 23,000 votes shy, according to NHL figures. Fitzpatrick garnered more than 550,000 votes despite recording only one assist. NHL Internet-based voting didn't prevent fans from casting multiple ballots. 


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