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Canucks preview: first game of an important home-and-home series with Colorado

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Canucks preview: first game of an important home-and-home series with Colorado

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The Canucks have won their last two matchups with the Avalanche after being held to just five goals in three losses, all in Denver. Vancouver, which has won its last four home meetings with Colorado, needs one win to match the single-season franchise record set in 1992-93. On Wednesday night, Roberto Luongo stopped 20 shots for his fourth shutout of the season, and made first-period goals by Jan Bulis and Tommi Santala stand up in the Canucks' 2-0 win over West-leading Nashville. "It was a really solid effort by every guy in this locker room tonight. We didn't give them much all night,'' said Luongo, who hasn't lost at home in regulation since Feb. 7, and has gone 8-0-1 with a 2.07 goals-against average since then.

Vancouver's Daniel Sedin has scored one goal in all four games he's played against Colorado this season. He leads the Canucks with 32 goals and 73 points. Twin brother Henrik Sedin is second with 70 points, with five coming against the Avs.

Colorado settled for a split of its two-game series in Edmonton after a 4-3 overtime loss on Friday that ended the Oilers' 12-game winless streak. "I thought we played pretty good,'' Colorado captain Joe Sakic said. "We could have used the two points, with the race we are in, but I guess we'll take the one and move on.'' Avs left wing Andrew Brunette has a goal and 10 assists during a seven-game point streak. He also leads Colorado in scoring versus Vancouver this season with four goals and six points.

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Canucks preview: first game of an important home-and-home series with Colorado