National Hockey League
Preview
Dallas at Vancouver
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 28, 2015
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia

There's nothing comfortable about the Vancouver Canucks' lead over the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames in the race for second place in the tight Pacific Division. Saturday's opponent likely won't ease Canucks fans' worries, as Vancouver hosts the Dallas Stars at Rogers Arena. The Canucks have lost six consecutive games against the Stars, who have outscored Vancouver by a ridiculous 25-7 margin over the length of the winning streak.

For a team gearing up for home-ice advantage in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Canucks looked lamentably flat in their previous game, a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche. "It's unacceptable," defenseman Luca Sbisa said afterward. "We knew how important this game was." The Stars might be feeling the same way, as they saw their four-game winning streak halted in a costly 4-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, FS-SW (Dallas), CBC (Vancouver)

ABOUT THE STARS (36-29-10): Dallas players knew coming into Friday night's game against the Oilers that it would probably need to win out in order to have any shot of reaching the Western Conference playoffs. Not only will the Stars fail to accomplish that feat, they'll lament not being able to beat one of the league's worst teams. With Dallas now effectively playing out the string, the only notable storyline left is whether one of either captain Jamie Benn or Tyler Seguin can rack up enough points in the final seven games to win the scoring title.

ABOUT THE CANUCKS (43-27-4): Sbisa was even more revealing when pressed about how Vancouver could come out so flat in an important game against a weaker opponent. "You don't want to admit, but it's a mental thing," he told the Vancouver Province. "We had some really good games against L.A., Phoenix and Winnipeg. Those were some big, emotional wins, and then you're like, 'Tonight is not that big a game.'" Vancouver has lost just four games in regulation all month (8-4-1), but all four losses have come by three or more goals.

OVERTIME

1. Vancouver's last win over Dallas came on Feb. 21, 2013.

2. Two of the Stars' three shutout losses on the season have come in March.

3. Canucks scoring leader Daniel Sedin has 33 points in 46 career games vs. Dallas.

PREDICTION: Canucks 4, Stars 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Dallas 36-29-7-3 L1 16-14-5-3 20-15-2-0 3-3-0-0 33-26-7-3 6-13-4-3
Vancouver 43-27-2-2 L1 21-15-0-1 22-12-2-1 3-2-1-0 40-25-1-2 14-9-1-2
Last Meeting
Dallas Vancouver
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/17/14 DAL 2 VAN 0 29 27 0-2 27 27 0-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Dallas V. Fiddler 1
Vancouver W. Acton 0
Goals Player  
Dallas A. Roussel 1
Vancouver W. Acton 0
Assists Player  
Dallas V. Fiddler 1
Vancouver W. Acton 0
Saves Player  
Dallas K. Lehtonen 27
Vancouver E. Lack 27
Season
Total Points Player  
Dallas T. Seguin 74
Vancouver H. Sedin 72
Goals Player  
Dallas T. Seguin 36
Vancouver R. Vrbata 32
Assists Player  
Dallas J. Benn 45
Vancouver H. Sedin 55
Saves Player  
Dallas K. Lehtonen 1670
Vancouver R. Miller 1133
Quickchart Matchup
Dallas Off vs  Vancouver Def
3.04 GF
2.66 GA
31.3 Shots
29.4 Shots
49 PP
36 PK
Vancouver Off vs  Dallas Def
2.81 GF
3.16 GA
29.9 Shots
30.2 Shots
39 PP
45 PK