HANK POINTS PARTY
Canuck captain Henrik Sedin was blanked by the Wild on Tuesday so he’s still seeking the two points that will move him past Markus Naslund and make him the No. 1 point-getter in franchise history. (He has 755 and Markus has 756.) You’d think Henrik would like to get it done at home before the team heads out on a four-game road trip next week. He has this game and a Sunday visit by the St. Louis Blues to make history.
In the Canucks’ never-ending goalie saga, Cory Schneider receives his third start in four games even though Roberto Luongo was leading the league in goals against average (1.45) and was second in save percentage (. 943) before Thursday’s slate of games. Schneider has allowed just two goals in his last two starts but, if he falters, he may not see the net for a while. So there is your pressure situation.
Victoria native Jamie Benn signed late (five years, $5.25 million per) and missed the first four Dallas games. So far he hasn’t disappointed with nine points in nine games. He’s the Stars’ marquee player now, makes the most money and centres the top line between Jaromir Jagr and Brenden Morrow. The Stars are hoping he turns into an Anze Kopitar-type player for them.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Mason Raymond, Canucks. The nifty left-winger is on a hot streak with points in four consecutive games (1-4-5) and making his line with Jordan Schroeder and Jannik Hansen a dangerous one. Raymond is 4-4-8 on the season — tied with Henrik Sedin, no less — and has a plus-6 rating. Can he maintain this?
BRENDEN MORROW, STARS
The Stars captain is 34 and getting a little long in the tooth but he’s worked his way up from the fourth line, where he started the season, to the first line with Jamie Benn and Jaromir Jagr. He had two goals in the Stars’ 7-4 loss Wednesday in Calgary and has seven points in 14 games. Three years ago at this time, he was playing for Team Canada in the Winter Olympics.
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