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Canucks Prepare For Top Team

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks


It looked as though the Canucks had a grueling practice today as they prepare to play the Senators this Friday in what could be one of the most exciting match-ups this season. The Canucks focused mostly on improving their speed and working difficult backwards skating drills. They split themselves into two teams, working 1 on 1, with one player skating backwards from the blue line into the offensive zone to check the opponent.

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Playing Ottawa will be a huge test for the Canucks since they are the top team in the Eastern Conference with a record of 21-4. The Canucks are tied with Calgary for first in the Northwest division with 36 points. Markus Naslund is leading the Canuck scoreboard with a total of 33 points, Todd Bertuzzi has put 8 in between the pipes and Henrik Sedin is close behind with 7.

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1. Ruutu talks about the challenge of playing the top team in the league.

2. Morrison talks about playing Ottawa, and how he is enjoying having some time between games.

3. Allen says that they watch teams on video before games in order to observe their tendencies.

4. Linden comments on playing Canadian teams.

5. Bertuzzi talks about why Ottawa is so successful and says the Canucks will rise to the ocassion.

6. Baumgartner talks about visiting Children's Hospital and preparing for Friday night.

7. Crawford says the Sedin's are quick to position and are doing well with penalty killing.

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