With the absence of three defencemen, the Canucks recalled Evan Oberg from the Manitoba Moose Saturday morning.
Oberg played in one game this season upon his first NHL call-up in January when the team faced the Calgary Flames - the same team he'll see tonight and no doubt a team he's familiar with. A native of Forestburg, Alberta, Oberg knows the Alberta team well, despite admitting to be a Canucks fan growing up.
"It's kind of weird," said Oberg. "It's like the only team I'm playing is Calgary but it's pretty cool to be playing on Hockey Night in Canada."
"The nerves are a little bit lower definitely, not as nervous, but I'm just really excited to get out there and show them what I've got.
In his first appearance with the Canucks, he had just 5:24 of ice time but is expected to get more tonight.
Oberg leads all Manitoba Moose blueliners with 26 points (3-23-26) in 70 games this year in his first season as a professional.
"It's been not bad [first season] - a lot of ups and downs - and hopefully through playoffs we can even things out and hopefully have a long stretch there."
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Sami Salo, Aaron Rome, and Shane O'Brien will sit tonight but Coach Alain Vigneault assures that all three should be ready by game on of the playoffs.
Roberto Luongo returns between the pipes as the Canucks get their last try at tying a franchise record 49 wins and end the regular season on a good note with a win.
No changes are expected up front tonight.
Henrik Sedin is one point back of Alexander Ovechkin for the Art Ross trophy, awarded to the player with the most points at the end of the regular season.
With a playoff position and division title locked up, the Canucks turn their attention to Sedin, who still has something to play for as he tries to lead the league at the end of the year.
"I think that if we could have one of our offensive defencemen out there when Hank is on the ice, we'd like to do that and then we're going to mix and match," said Vigneault. "We'll see what happens."
Ovechkin, who leapfrogged Sedin last night to move into first with 108 points, won the award in 2007-08 with 112 points.
No one from the Canucks have ever won the title. Markus Naslund came close to winning in 2002-03 when he entered the final game as the leader but was finally passed by Peter Forsberg and Milan Hejduk.
Tonight is Henrik's last chance to set the bar for the Art Ross and then he'll have to wait to see how Ovechkin performs in the Captials' last game of the year Sunday against the Bruins.