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Vancouver returns for first home game since Jan. 27

Friday, 03.12.2010 / 11:06 PM / Game Previews


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Vancouver returns for first home game since Jan. 27
For the first time since Jan. 27, there will be NHL hockey at GM Place on Saturday night.
For the first time since Jan. 27, there will be NHL hockey at GM Place on Saturday night.

With the Winter Olympics now history, the Vancouver Canucks play their first home game in 45 days, a meeting with the Ottawa Senators at 10 p.m. ET (CBC).

The Canucks went 8-5-1 on their marathon 14-game road trip, the longest in NHL history. The last game was a 4-3 shootout loss at Phoenix on Wednesday. The Senators had Friday off after a 2-0 loss at Calgary on Thursday.

The Senators-Canucks game, to be shown on CBC, is the last one on Saturday's nine-game schedule.

The action begins at 1 p.m. ET when the Chicago Blackhawks visit Philadelphia, where the Flyers lost 5-1 to Boston on Thursday. Chicago has been off since a 3-2 overtime win over Los Angeles on Wednesday.

At 4 p.m. ET, the San Jose Sharks host Florida. The Sharks have trailed after two periods in each of their last three games and rallied to win all three -- including an 8-5 victory over Nashville on Thursday. That game ended about 90 minutes after the Panthers lost 3-0 at Colorado.

Saturday's remaining six games all start at 7 p.m. ET.

Boston visits Montreal in a battle of the last two playoff teams in the East. The Canadiens have won four in a row after beating Edmonton 5-4 in a shootout on Thursday. The game can be seen on CBC, RDS and on the NHL Network in the United States.

The Oilers move from Montreal to Toronto, where the Leafs have won back-to-back overtime games this week, including a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday.

New Jersey will try to follow up Friday's big 3-1 win over Pittsburgh with a victory on Long Island. The Islanders have dropped four in a row, including a 2-1 shootout loss to St. Louis on Thursday.

The Blues, one of the NHL's best road teams, head for Columbus. The Blue Jackets have won back-to-back games, including a 2-1 home win over Atlanta on Thursday.

Phoenix begins a swing through the Southeast with a visit to Carolina. The red-hot Hurricanes beat Pittsburgh 4-3 in OT on Thursday to improve to 13-3-1 in their last 17 games.

In the other 7 p.m. game, Buffalo will try to bounce back from a 3-2 home loss to Minnesota when it visits Detroit. The Wings had Friday off after hammering the Wild 5-1 at home on Thursday.

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres