Flames-Canucks Preview

Facing the Vancouver Canucks may not be a boon to the Calgary Flames, who are riding their longest losing streak since setting a team record nearly three decades ago.

The Flames will try to snap their seven-game skid by beating the Canucks on the road for the first time in three years Saturday night.

Calgary (17-15-2) has been outscored 23-11 while losing seven in a row in regulation, the team's longest skid since dropping a franchise-record 11 straight from Dec. 14, 1985 to Jan. 7, 1986. The Flames extended the current slide Friday with a 2-1 loss to Dallas.

"We had such a great start to the year, we don't want to just waste it in just this one stretch here," center Joe Colborne said. "We trust our leadership, we trust our systems right now and it's just a matter of going out and doing it."

Calgary hasn't done much lately against the Canucks (18-11-2), losing eight in a row after falling 4-2 at home in the season opener Oct. 8. The Flames have also dropped seven straight visits to Vancouver.

While Calgary is trying to win at Rogers Arena for the first time since Dec. 23, 2011, the Canucks are looking to continue that dominance in an effort to end their own five-game slide - a stetch in which they've been outscored 19-7.

Vancouver's losing streak is its longest since a seven-game skid Jan. 27-Feb. 8.

"Obviously every game is important, but the way the things have went in the past, we have to make sure we're ready to compete," right wing Derek Dorsett said. "Obviously, Calgary coming in, we're right neck-and-neck with them. They're kind of in the similar situation we've been in. Both teams are going to be desperate.

"It'll be an intense game."

Vancouver needs to get its power play going after failing to score on 18 chances in the last six games, including an 0-for-4 effort in Wednesday's 2-0 home loss to the Stars.

The top line of center Henrik Sedin, left wing Daniel Sedin and right wing Radim Vrbata has been held without a point for three games while combining for a minus-12. Still, the Sedins are tied with a team-high 26 points, while Vrbata is three back.

"Other teams really key on that line," coach Willie Desjardins said. "We gotta have secondary scoring. That's what makes us good. If I gotta keep playing that line, they get tired when they're playing. Now, you gotta have scoring off the other units."

Not a single Canucks player has scored more than once in the past five games, though Henrik Sedin has 14 points in the last 10 meetings with the Flames. He set up both goals by Daniel Sedin in a 5-1 home win over Calgary on April 13.

Jiri Hudler scored for the Flames in the season opener, and he had a point in four straight games before being held without one against Dallas. The right wing's 13 goals lead the team, while his 30 points are second to Mark Giordano's 32.

Giordano leads all NHL defensemen in scoring after collecting eight points in 10 games. However, he has just two in his last 10 visits to Vancouver.

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