With nine more home games before the 14-game road horror show starting Jan. 30, the Canucks picked the right time to find their groove.
Not only has the team won nine of their last 12, they have moved three points ahead of the ninth-place Detroit Red Wings into the seventh spot in the West. Also on the radar are the division-leading Colorado Avalanche, who are three points ahead and have played one more game.
While most of the recent success can be credited to the impressive performances by the Sedin twins -- a combined 50 points in the last 16 games -- it's the supporting act that has stepped up their game.
Roberto Luongo has rebounded from his slow start with a strong December, going 10-3-1 with a 1.92 GAA and .932 save percentage.
The offensive help has also been there with Ryan Kesler (12 points in 16), Mason Raymond (13 in 16) and Alex Burrows (12 in 16) all contributing.
Meanwhile, Pavol Demitra could return to the lineup as soon as next week.