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SHARROW HEADS TO CHICAGO

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have acquired a conditional pick in 2009 from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenceman James Sharrow.

Sharrow, 23, became a Vancouver Canuck when he was acquired from Atlanta in exchange for Jesse Schultz on June 23, 2007.

Over the past two seasons, Sharrow has recorded 28 points (6-22-28) in 61 games played with the Manitoba Moose. During that span, Sharrow did not play in an NHL game.

GAME DAY IN NASHVILLE

The Canucks are in Nashville preparing for the sixth game of their road trip and their second meeting with the Predators this season. The team shutout Nashville on November 4th, in a 4-0 victory, the first of Luongo’s three consecutive shutouts.

Both teams look to bounce back from losses. The Canucks fell 5-4 to Colorado in a shootout Sunday night and Nashville lost 6-3 to St. Louis last night.

The Canucks are 1-3-1 on their season-long seven-game road trip and want to return home on a positive note, improving their 8-7-2 season road record.

Goaltender Curtis Sanford will start in net tonight, his first start since December 4th in Detroit. Rookie Cory Schneider recorded his first NHL win Friday night against Minnesota and made 31 saves in Sunday’s shootout loss.

Darcy Hordichuk, who has two goals in four games playing with a fractured foot, looks forward to playing in his former home arena for the first time since signing with the Canucks in the off season.

"It's good to be back, I have a lot of great memories here," said Hordichuk. "Nashville is a great place to play. But now I'm really anxious to ... show them they should have re-signed me."

Hordichuk’s dedication and toughness is motivation to his teammates.

"It's a great example for the rest of his teammates," said head coach Alain Vigneault. "They know how much he wants to contribute, how much he wants to play. For him to play with a broken foot shows how much he cares."

Vigneault’s lineup will feature a few changes when the team hits the ice tonight to face off against the Predators. Sami Salo will not dress after suffering a groin tweak in the game in Colorado. Rob Davison is expected to slot into the lineup in his place. Forward Pavol Demitra will line up alongside Kyle Wellwood and Mason Raymond.

"I felt like when I was playing with the Sedins we dominated the puck but just didn't get any goals," said Demitra. "I've been feeling good lately. I just feel if I score one goal, all of a sudden I'll score 10. I just need a lucky bounce.

"My biggest thing is how I feel on the ice. Are my legs going? Am I getting scoring chances? And I am. Obviously, I want to score. I want the numbers every single game but it's not always going to happen, especially on the road."

The puck drops at 5:00 pm PST and can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet Pacific.

LUONGO’S TENTATIVE TIMELINE

The timeline for Roberto Luongo’s return to the Canucks lineup is becoming more clear. The best-case scenario would see Luongo play in next Saturday’s game in Edmonton, three weeks after he injured his groin in Pittsburgh.

"Things have to keep progressing, but it's possible. Hopefully, that will be a good day for me," said Luongo. "At the same time, I don't want to get ahead of myself and start thinking about that game too much because I know there's still a lot of improvement that has to be done. Right now, it's a matter of building it up."

Luongo took eight days off after sustaining his injury, returning to the ice on December 1st and spending a couple days working with goalie consultant Ian Clark. He rested Friday and Saturday and practiced with the team yesterday and this morning, taking shots and participating in drills.

GILLIS ON SUNDIN

Reports around the NHL suggest that Mats Sundin is close to making his decision regarding which team he will join.

“We’ve got a dressing room that’s extremely upbeat with players pulling for each other,” said Gillis. “We’ve got a lot of guys playing at a very high level. I think our defensive group and our goaltending is strong and sound. I think a large, dominant centre’s on the wish list of every team.

“Mats is a really good player we think is a good fit for our group. But [pursuing him] hasn’t been a relentless, daily thing for me.”

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