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The Vancouver Canucks can beat the least but can't test the best in the Pacific Division

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Canucks keep bullying the Pacific's weaklings but can't whoop the division's big boys.

The Vancouver Canucks continued their perfect December with a 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers. That's back-to-back shutouts for them as Roberto Luongo got the goose egg this time after Eddie Lack allowed the Carolina Hurricanes nothing in a 2-0 win Tuesday.

Vancouver is now 6-0-0 since its 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers Nov. 30 in coach John Tortorella's return to Madison Square Garden. The Canucks have outscored their opponents 18-6 over that span.

Yet, their winning streak hasn't done them much good in the Pacific Division standings. And if they want to change that, they're going to have start beating the best in the division.

Vancouver is 4-0-1 against the bottom three teams (Phoenix, Calgary and Edmonton) in the Pacific, outscoring them 19-8, but just 1-4-2 against the top three teams (Anaheim, San Jose and Los Angeles), being outscored 23-11.

The Canucks will get their chance to prove they can hang with the Pacific's big fish in January when they face the Ducks and Kings twice each in a six-game stretch.

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