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Flying High

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks


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The Canucks look for their third straight win to start the new season as they battle the Avalanche in Denver. They're halfway through a four-game, week-long road trip.

Daniel Sedin leads the team with two goals after scoring a pair - including the game-winner in overtime - against the Blue Jackets Friday. Sami Salo sits tied for the team lead in points with three. The Twins have three points apiece.


First-round pick Luc Bourdon is still waiting to make his regular season debut with the Canucks.

Rory Fitzpatrick draws in for his third-straight game on a third pairing with Kevin Bieksa.

Bourdon is still battling the tail end of a flu bug.


Goaltender Roberto Luongo's still feeling a little displaced. He's faced a combined 47 shots in two games thus far - that's a game's worth of rubber back in Florida.

Hasn't hurt his numbers any. He boasts a 1.50 GAA and .938 save percentage.


The 26-year-old Dany Sabourin has yet to dress, and barring a catastrophe in the Pepsi Center, won't see the ice Sunday.

Though Sabourin has just five games of NHL experience split between Calgary and Pittsburgh, the Val-d'Or native was a first-team all-star last season in the AHL while tending for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and won the Baz Bastien Memorial Trophy as the league's best goaltender.

At 6'2", 182-pounds, he's a fair-sized insurance policy.


The Canucks finished last season 17-22-2 on the road. Thus far this year they're 2-0, though they're 18-23-10 all-time in Colorado.

With 11 of their first 15 games away from Vancouver, they have a prime opportunity to get a head start on a better road record this season.

The last time the Canucks started a season with a schdule as trying as this one, Supertramp was selling out football stadiums and Rubik's Cube contests were a big draw down at the mall.

Surprisingly, the a tough road schedule hasn't really had a big impact on Vancouver's final results.


October 8th, 2000, With a 5-4 comeback win over Tampa Bay, the Canucks became just teh third club since 1983 to to win a game in regulation when trailing by two or more goals with less than three minutes remaining (at least since the 5:00 overtime rule was announced).


Forward Lines
D. Sedin H. Sedin M. Naslund
T. Pyatt B. Morrison J. Bulis
A. Burrows R. Kesler M. Cooke
T. Santala T. Linden J. Green
Defence Pairings
S. Salo M. Ohlund
L. Krajicek W. Mitchell
K. Bieksa R. Fitzpatrick
R. Luongo - S D. Sabourin


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