Canucks continue road swing

January 15, 2015 13:14:24 UK

Alexander Edler of the Vancouver Canucks.

The Vancouver Canucks will look to shake off a disappointing start to their five-game road swing when they face the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Thursday.

Home defeats to the Florida Panthers and the Calgary Flames were followed by a 5-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. Alexander Edler was on target for the Canucks early in the second period, but otherwise it was one-way traffic for the Central Division leaders who secured their fourth straight triumph.

The Predators lead the Chicago Blackhawks by four points and the St Louis Blues by five as the three sides look to put some distance between themselves and the Winnipeg Jets.

The skirmish between the San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames in the Pacific Division has the Jets sitting in pole position to grab one of the wildcard places, but Winnipeg are unlikely to be complacent.

The Jets crushed the Florida Panthers 8-2 earlier in the week and now head out to Dallas and Chicago on Thursday and Friday to play the Stars and Blackhawks respectively.

Out west, the Sharks entertain the Toronto Maple Leafs at the SAP Center in San Jose.

The losers of five of their last six including being blanked by the Kings and Anaheim Ducks in their last two outings, the Maple Leafs conclude their road trip at the Scottrade Center in St Louis on Saturday before heading home to the Air Canada Centre to host the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Canucks areĀ 23.00 to win the Stanley Cup outright, while the Sharks are available at 21.00.

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