From what the Coyotes experienced so far, competition in the Pacific Division was wasn’t to be taken lightly.

The top four teams are huddled within three points, but the slim margin of error has only seemed to help the Coyotes.

After hosting the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday, the Coyotes have played against every division opponent and the results are encouraging – especially after a 3-2 shootout win over the Canucks in front of 13,459 at Arena that kept the Coyotes undefeated in regulation at home (7-0-1) and pushed their win streak to five games.

“If you look at all teams that have a chance to win or win a division or be playoff teams, they all have a good home record,” coach Dave Tippett said. “So that’s something we’ve talked about as a group, and we have to continue to push that. If we can establish a real good home feeling and make this a real hard place for teams to come play, I think that carries over to your road record.

“We need to be strong at home.”

The Coyotes have now grabbed 11 out of 16 possible points against division rivals, beating each at least once, and they’ll play one more division game, tonight in Anaheim, before taking a break to entertain other teams from around the league.

“These points count as much as the ones in March and April, so you gotta get them when you can,” captain Shane Doan said. “When you get rolling, you’ve got to keep something going and we’ve talked a little about that, trying to keep that momentum going, and not trying to have to start something up again.”

In the sixth round of the shootout, center Antoine Vermette scored and Canucks center Henrik Sedin lost control of the puck on his shot attempt to seal the Coyotes win.

Goalie Mike Smith was an on-ice leader, yet again. He made 31 saves and has now stopped 120 of his last 125 shots and will be back between the pipes against the Ducks.

“That was kind of the plan,” Smith said. “I don’t know where our coaching staff’s at right now but just trying to get the rest in last week, some good days of practice, and get feeling good about my game again. If they want me to go, I’ll go.”

For the second straight game, the Coyotes posted an early lead. They went up against the San Jose Sharks Saturday with a goal 36 seconds in and earned a 1-0 lead against the Canucks only 1:15 into the first period.

After a strong forecheck effort, the Canucks couldn’t clear their defensive zone and center Martin Hanzal sent a shot from the half-wall toward goalie Roberto Luongo. Winger Radim Vrbata redirected the puck before it could reach Luongo for his team-leading sixth goal of the season.

All six of Vrbata’s goals have been scored on home ice.

“It’s weird because the last couple seasons I was scoring more on the road, and this year I don’t think I’ve scored on the road yet,” Vrbata said. “So it’s a little weird and different than the seasons before, but I’ll take whatever I can and hopefully I’ll improve on the road, too.”

The Coyotes went on the power play twice before the period ended but were blanked both times, attempting only three shots total.

“You’ve got two good teams that are battling for space and batting for opportunities,” Tippett said. “I would have liked to see us capitalize on a few of those chances we had early on the power play. We got the first goal to kind of get us rolling, but we had a few chances on the power play you’d like to see go in. Maybe you push the game along.”