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NHL - US Sports: Canucks are desperate

Centreman Matthew Highmore believes the Vancouver Canucks are finding success through their desperation to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Canucks, 80/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22 have won five of their past seven games to put themselves back in the hunt for a Stanley Cup playoff Wild Card spot.

Marked improvement

Vancouver replaced coach Travis Green with Bruce Boudreau on 6th December, at a point where they found themselves last in the Pacific Division (9-15-2)

Since, the Canucks have improved significantly, going 18-8-4 and have moved up to sixth (26-22-6).

26-year-old Highmore was acquired by the Canucks mid-way through last season from the Chicago Blackhawks.

In 28 games this season, he has registered nine points (three goals, six assists).

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Desparation coming out

J.T. Miller leads the Canucks for individual points (59; 20 goals, 39 assists) and has points in each of the past seven games (four goals, ten assists).

Highmore said to the media: "I think we're just playing with a lot of desperation. Not that we weren't in January per se, but I think we found a little something here. Our group is growing in confidence, and we have to continue to keep it going."

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