Next Canucks game: 3 things about the Vegas Golden Knights

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38-28-4, 4th Pacific Division

at VANCOUVER CANUCKS

32-28-9, 5th Pacific Division

Sunday4 p.m., Rogers Arena.

TV: Sportsnet. Radio: Sportsnet 650.


WHY WATCH

The lawsuit is still ongoing

The Canucks’ playoff dream isn’t dead yet, but it’s on life support and the power nearly gave out. They trail Vegas by seven points, but a win over Vegas ignites the playoff flame. Vegas has won four in a row, but they were in a terrible slump before that. The Canucks have three games against Vegas over the next nine days, it’s really all or nothing. Vegas is seven points ahead of the Canucks and faces the Dallas Stars for second place wildcard, although Dallas had four games in hand going into Saturday’s game.


POINT HEADS

GOLDEN KNIGHTS

1. Jonathan Marchessault GP 64 G 27 A 29 PTS 56 (+1)

2. Chandler Stephenson GP 67 G 17 A 36 PTS 53 (+1)

3. Shea Theodore GP 66 G 10 A 30 PTS 40 (-1)

CANUCKS

1. JT Miller GP 67 G 28 A 53 PTS 81 (+5)

2. Quinn Hughes GP 65 G 5 A 48 PTS 53 (+8)

3. Elias Pettersson GP 67 G 22 A 27 PTS 49 (0)


SPECIAL TEAMS

GOLDEN KNIGHTS: PP 18.7% (24th) KP 78.9% (17th)

CANUCK: PP 21.5% (15th) KP 72.4% (31st)


THREE THINGS ABOUT GOLDEN KNIGHTS

• Paper Tiger?: Many thought highly of Vegas’ entry into the season. When they traded for Jack Eichel, it was easy to think it was the move that put them over the top. But then they went into freefall and are now on the outside looking at their playoff ambitions. They’ve won their last four games, but it’s hard to ignore their poor stats throughout the season. Their powerplay isn’t great, their powerplay is just average, they score more than the Canucks (Vegas: 3.14 goals per game, Vancouver: 2.80 goals per game) but they’re only 14th in the league. They allowed 2.96 goals per game, which is exactly the league average and more than the Canucks have allowed this season.

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• Lehner’s return: Robin Lehner has been injured since March 8, but was released from injured reserve earlier this week. He rolled back Friday in Seattle and could make his first start in nearly a month on Sunday. Third stringer Logan Thompson has been carrying the load for about a week after substitute Laurent Brossoit suffered an undisclosed injury. Thompson has been exceptional in two starts this week against the Kraken.

• Injuries: Even with Lehner’s imminent return, Vegas still had nine injured players Friday in Seattle. In addition to Brossoit, William Carrier, Nic Hague, Brett Howden, Keegan Kolesar, Max Pacioretty, Nolan Patrick, Reilly Smith and Mark Stone were all injured. It’s actually pretty impressive that Vegas picked up four straight wins on Sunday.

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