A pair of streaking teams are on a collision course tonight at Rogers Arena when the Canucks host the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canucks have won four in a row while the ‘Canes have won their past three.
Vancouver is back to work 24 hours after a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Mike Santorelli scored twice and set up Ryan Kesler for the other. Roberto Luongo, the NHL’s Third Star of the Week, made 28 saves for the win.
Eddie Lack gets the start tonight in what will be the first home ice appearance of his NHL career. Lack made 29 saves in a 3-2 win over Carolina in Raleigh just over a week ago. Ryan Kesler scored twice that while Tom Sestito had the other Canucks goal.
The Canucks have been good against Eastern opponents this season going 10-4-2. Daniel Sedin has nine of his 10 goals this year against Eastern teams and has 9+8=17 in 16 contests. Henrik has 5+13=18 in those 16 games.
Jason Garrison is on a roll right now with 1+5=6 on a four-game point streak for the Canucks. Eric Staal has 1+4=5 on a four-game run for Carolina.
‘Canes forward Jeff Skinner is the NHL’s First Star of the Week. Skinner had 5+1=6 in three games last week including his first career hattrick against Nashville on Thursday. Skinner played the fourth game of his NHL career in this building on October 17, 2010 – but has not played a game here since. Tonight will be the 208th game of his career.
Carolina has rattled off three straight wins since falling to the Canucks. On the run, the ‘Canes have defeated Washington, Nashville and San Jose. They have not played since a 5-3 victory over the Sharks on Friday. Kirk Muller would not disclose his starting goaltender for tonight's game.
The Hurricanes haven’t won in Vancouver since October 15, 1999 – a span of five games over the past 13 years. In that last Carolina victory here, Eric Fichaud was in goal and Paul Coffey was on the ‘Canes blueline while Mark Messier, Steve Kariya Greg Hawgood and Chris Joseph suited up for the Canucks.