Just the other night in Calgary, Chris Higgins looked down the bench and could have sworn linemate Jannik Hansen was taking a nap.

Who could blame him? Hansen hasn't had a whole lot of shut-eye since the premature arrival his twin boys early Sunday morning.

But he certainly hasn't been sleeping on the ice. Hansen, Higgins and newly minted centre Mason Raymond have been the best of an inconsistent bunch of Vancouver Canucks of late.

On Wednesday, before they boarded the team's charter flight to Columbus, Higgins and Raymond had plenty of props for Hansen's strong play in what have been rather stressful circumstances.

"I was pretty impressed with the Calgary game, for sure," Higgins said. "I took a look at him on the bench a couple of times and I think he was sleeping in between shifts. He gained a lot of respect from me personally in that game and then he follows it up with another fantastic game last night. I just hope it keeps going. It's been fun playing on a line with him."

"His play has been remarkable," Raymond said of Hansen. "He is seeing the ice very, very well, making plays and playing with grit and determination … right now he is making the most of his opportunities."

Hansen's goal in the final minute of the second period of Tuesday night's game against the San Jose Sharks was his third in as many games. He has five points in that stretch and lately has been using his great speed and tenacity to give opposing defencemen fits.