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Upcoming back-to-backs a true test for Canucks 0

By Guts McTavish, 24 hours Vancouver

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Christopher Tanev (8) celebrates a goal with his teammates after scoring against Boston Bruins goaltender Chad Johnson (not pictured) during the third period at Rogers Arena Dec 14, 2013. The Vancouver Canucks won 6-2. (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Christopher Tanev (8) celebrates a goal with his teammates after scoring against Boston Bruins goaltender Chad Johnson (not pictured) during the third period at Rogers Arena Dec 14, 2013. The Vancouver Canucks won 6-2. (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Fresh off their most impressive back-to-back games this season, the Vancouver Canucks now embark on a three-game road trip culminating in an even tougher set of back-to-backs.

On Tuesday, the Canucks square off against the Minnesota Wild, followed by back-to-backs starting against the Dallas Stars Thursday and the defending Stanley Cup champion, the Chicago Blackhawks, on Friday.

After that it's back home for one game against the slumping Winnipeg Jets, before a perfectly timed, six-day holiday break.

And with seven wins already in the bank for December, who's to say the hottest team in the NHL can't run the table and let the Western Conference elites know they have company.

A big reason the Canucks are climbing back from mediocrity has been the the contributions from the second line of Ryan Kesler, Chris Higgins and Mike Santorelli.

Have you seen how Torts lights up when he's talking Kesler? I know he loves having the Sedins, but I bet it kills him not see that type of emotional leader not wearing the "C."

That's another column.

Thumping a banged-up Boston squad at the tail end of a long road trip got my attention. But grabbing two points in Chicago at the tail end of their road trip will go a long way to earning my belief that this team actually belongs with the best in the West.

 

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