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VIDEO: Ryan Kesler, Canucks look to bring hot streak home against Phoenix

The Vancouver Canucks return home on Friday, following a 3-1 road trip and a less-than-impressive last home stand that saw the Canucks won just one of six. Vancouver faces the Phoenix Coyotes at 7 p.m. tonight at Rogers Arena.

Canucks centre (slash winger) Ryan Kesler had two goals in the third period on Tuesday against Nashville, as Vancouver beat the Preds 3-1.

"Obviously it's nice to get rewarded with goals," Kesler said on Friday, after a morning practice. "Other than that, I feel good. I feel like I'm skating well. I feel more comfortable every game and I feel it's coming."

Kesler now has 14 goals in 30 games played this season.

"He's a good player, every one of us knows it," said Vancouver forward Zack Kassian. "We see him on a day-to-day basis. It's never changed from our perspective... we see the same Ryan Kesler every day.

"Obviously, sometimes, it's tough to score in this league, but he's playing great hockey right now. He's getting rewarded with some good goals."

Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo was sharp on Tuesday against Nashville, making 13 saves in the second period and 30 in the game.

But for all their success on the road this winter, the Canucks have fallen flat in Vancouver. The team has won just five home games this season in 13 tries.

"We've gotta make this building a tough place, and we've got to make it known for other teams coming in this building that it's going to be a long, tough night," said Kesler. "It starts with tonight."

On Thursday, Kesler was in BC Place – along with teammates Daniel Sedin and Kevin Bieksa, and general manager Mike Gillis – to kick-off the official countdown to the NHL's Heritage Classic, which will see the Canucks host the Ottawa senators at the home of the Lions for Vancouver's first-ever outdoor game:

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