The Canucks went in search of a big character win on Sunday in Anaheim and they came away with one in a big way. Facing one of the league's top teams in the Ducks, albeit a somewhat banged-up version of them, the similarly injury-riddled Canuck managed to put together one of their best efforts of the season despite missing the likes of top-liner Radim Vrbata and blue-liner Luca Sbisa emerging with a hard-fought 2-1 shootout win to conclude their four-game road trip with a 3-1-0 record. The Canucks, who enjoyed a well-deserved day off yesterday, will want to make sure they don't squander the momentum gained from Sunday's win by following it up with a subpar performance tonight against the Senators, a team that certainly won't stir up quite as much emotion as the Ducks did two nights ago but should still offer a tough test.
The Senators come into this contest looking to avoid losing three straight games for the first time this season. They allowed a season-high five goals in their 5-3 loss to the Maple Leafs on Sunday night and are looking to rebound with a much better defensive outing tonight when they begin a three-game Western Canada road swing. The Canucks and Sens split last year's season series with the road team coming out victorious on both occasions including at the Heritage Classic back on March 2 when Ottawa knocked off Vancouver 4-2 in front of 54,194 fans at BC Place Stadium. Ryan Miller, who has a career record of 16-19-4 against Ottawa, is expected to start as he sees his first game action since being pulled in Saturday's loss to the Kings. The Sens will likely counter with Craig Anderson, who has earned the majority of the starts so far this season. These two teams will conclude their two-game season series in less than a month when the Canucks visit the Canadian Tire Centre on December 7.
Puck drop at 7 pm PT – Live on Sportsnet Pacific, TSN 1040, or online at tsn1040.ca.
Regular Season Record
2014.15 Season Series
Keys to the Game
Take advantage of a travel-weary team. Both the Canucks and Senators are playing their third game in four nights but the one advantage Vancouver has is they didn't have to fly across the country and several time zones to get back to Vancouver like the Sens did. If the Canucks can get an early jump– something they've had trouble doing lately in games – it might be enough to discourage the Sens from pushing back.
Avoid the "first game back" syndrome. There is often a letdown in the effort category in the first game back home after a long road trip. That can especially be the case coming off a big emotional win like the Canucks are. Vancouver needs to make sure they're focused and ready to play right from the opening faceoff.
The Kid line stays hot. The Sens found magic on October 30 when they put rookies Mark Stone, Curtis Lazar and Mike Hoffman together on a line. In six games skating with each other, they've combined for six goals and 11 points. They've gone from being an experimental unit to being a go-to trio offensively and they'll be looked upon to contribute again tonight.
By the Numbers
All-time Remembrance Day win percentage for the Sens (1-10-0). (Only win was in 2003 - 5-3 @ ATL).
All-time Remembrance Day win percentage for the Canucks (10-15-1).
All-time Remembrance Day home win percentage for the Canucks (5-5-1).
Win percentage for the Canucks in one-goal games (5-0-0). Vancouver is the only team that has not lost a one-goal game.
BC boys on the Senators roster: Curtis Lazar (Salmon Arm), Kyle Turris (New Westminster) & Patrick Wiercioch (Burnaby).
Straight Remembrance Day home losses for the Canucks dating back to 1988. (Last Remembrance Day home win was in 1985 - 5-0 vs. DET)