May 20th, 2024

Vancouver Canucks clinch Pacific Division title ahead of playoffs

By The Canadian Press on April 16, 2024.

Vancouver Canucks' Dakota Joshua, right, and Elias Lindholm celebrate Joshua's goal against the Calgary Flames during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Canucks will finish the NHL regular season as the top team in the Pacific Division.

The Canucks (50-22-9) clinched the title Tuesday when they defeated the visiting Calgary Flames 4-1.

It’s the first time Vancouver has finished atop its division since 2013 when the team went 48-26-15 to finish first in the Northwest.

The Canucks are still chasing the Stars for the No. 1 spot in the Western Conference, but need a win over the Jets on Thursday and a Dallas loss to the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday to accomplish the feat.

The Canucks are preparing for their first playoff appearance since 2020 and will host post-season games for the first time since 2015.

They could face the Nashville Predators, Vegas Golden Knights or L.A. Kings in the first round.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2024.

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