Vancouver may be an injury-riddled bunch as they return to their home rink after losing four key forwards during their trip but that hasn't prevented them from getting results. They come into tonight's contest riding a season-high three-game win streak – a much different scenario compared to prior to their trip as they had lost consecutive games on home ice to the Sharks and Habs, respectively, before embarking on their journey.
While the Canucks will be looking to pick up their fourth consecutive win tonight, the Capitals will be looking for a bounce back effort after dropping a 5-2 decision in Calgary on Saturday night – a loss that snapped their season-high three-game win streak. Vancouver is hoping to welcome Alex Burrows back to their lineup as well. Burrows has not played since injuring his foot while blocking a shot in the season opener in San Jose. Roberto Luongo will be between the pipes for the Canucks while Braden Holtby, who was pulled in the loss to the Flames, will likely be back in net for the Caps.
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Keys to the Game
Burrows brings some bounce. The expected return of Alex Burrows should provide a spark for the Canucks. He'll be engaged physically and emotionally as he always is and the team should be able to feed off his energy.
Contain Alex the Gr8. A visit from reigning NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin is always sure to create a buzz in the arena. But while fans may have come to see the Russian superstar, they'll leave happy if the Canucks can make it a rough night for him.
Holtby rebounds. Caps' netminder Braden Holtby was not a happy camper on Saturday after being yanked in Calgary so you know he'll be fired up to try to put up a better performance tonight and the Caps will want to follow their goalie's lead.
By the Numbers
Years since the Capitals last visit to Vancouver – a 7-4 Canucks win on Oct. 29, 2011.
Game goal streak for Ryan Kesler coming into tonight's game.
Wins for the Canucks in their last nine head-to-head meetings against the Capitals (8-1-0).
Game point streak for Henrik Sedin coming into tonight's game (3-7-10).
Games it took Alex Ovechkin to reach 10 goals this season – the first Capital in team history to score 10 in 10.
Years since the Capitals last win in Vancouver – 4-3 in overtime on Valentine's Day 2001. They are 0-3-1 here since.