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Canucks Report: Facing the Sens

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks
November 11, 2010

NO MORNING SKATE

By Derek Jory, Canucks.com

The Vancouver Canucks take on the Ottawa Senators in the nation’s capital tonight and they’ll do so without having taken in a morning skate.

With Thursday being Remembrance Day, the Canucks opted out of their morning skate to attend the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial.

GM Mike Gillis told Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre that the decision was one based on perspective.

“When you participate in the NHL, it's easy to lose sight of other things that are very important,” Gillis told MacIntyre on Wednesday. “It's good for everyone to have some perspective about life. If these guys can go and see the emotions and the interaction of veterans, it will be a healthy and lasting memory.”

Read MacIntyre’s full story here

It’s unclear what, if any, roster moves the Canucks will make prior to tonight’s game. Check back to the Canucks Report this afternoon for the latest.

GAME DAY VS. SENATORS

The Vancouver Canucks (8-4-2) will try to erase the memory of Tuesday's 2-0 loss in

Montreal with a win over the suddenly surging Ottawa Senators (8-6-1) when they play game two of their five-game road trip tonight at Scotiabank Place.

Perhaps the best thing for the Canucks in advance of tonight's tilt with the Senators is that there won't be anybody whispering in their ears about how much better they are compared to the opposition as many in the media had suggested they were prior to the game against the Canadiens.

The Canucks waltzed into Montreal two nights ago expecting two points to be served up on a silver platter but instead walked away with a hearty helping of humble pie after being held off the scoresheet for the first time this season by a Habs team that had lost three of four games prior to their meeting with Vancouver.

The Canucks won't have any thoughts about sleepwalking to two points tonight in our nation's capital when they face the Senators in the first of two meetings between the Canadian rivals this season. Ottawa's recent run has been just as impressive as the Canucks' - both teams have won six of their last seven games - and the Senator's recent resurgence on offence figures to provide a tougher challenge for Vancouver's defence than what the Habs presented on Tuesday.

The man tasked with keeping Ottawa's offence at bay will once again be Roberto Luongo, who is expected to make his third straight start despite suggestions earlier in the week that tonight's game had been marked for back-up Cory Schneider. Luongo may see a different group of defenders in front of him tonight. Keith Ballard, who was a healthy scratch on Tuesday, could draw back into the lineup while the Canucks might also opt to dress a new fourth-line centre after re-calling former Vancouver Giant Mario Bliznak from Manitoba (AHL) yesterday.

Read Daniel Fung's full Tale of the Tape preview here

Tonight's game faces off at 4:30 pm PT and can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet Vancouver Hockey. Visit sportsnet.ca/one to find the channel for your cable or satellite provider. The game is also available online at Canucks.com. Listen live on the TEAM 1040 Sports Radio or online at teamradio.ca.


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