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Karlsson remains sidelined for Ottawa; Markstrom to make second straight start for Vancouver

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

SENATORS (0-0-2) at CANUCKS (1-0-0)

10 p.m. ET; SNP, SNV, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV 


The Game 

Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson will miss his third straight game when the Senators try for their first win of the season, against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

Karlsson, a two-time Norris Trophy winner, is recovering from June 14 foot surgery. He and defenseman Johnny Oduya, who will miss his second game with a lower-body injury, are skating in Ottawa and could rejoin the Senators on a three-game road trip that continues against the Calgary Flames on Friday and Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

Defenseman Thomas Chabot will make his season debut on defense and goaltender Craig Anderson will make his third straight start for Ottawa, which lost its first two games in a shootout.

Goaltender Jacob Markstrom gets a second straight start after making 33 saves in a 3-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, his first start in a season opener for the Canucks.


Players to watch

Center Derick Brassard leads the Senators with three points (one goal and two assists) in two games.

Center Bo Horvat scored twice against the Oilers after leading the Canucks with 52 points (20 goals, 32 assists) last season.


They said it

"Vancouver means a lot to me, a special place in my heart and it's always nice to be back, but once the puck drops it's going to be businesslike. We need these points." -- Senators forward Alexandre Burrows, who played 12 seasons for the Canucks before being traded to Ottawa on Feb. 27

"It's going to be a special night for sure, for him and the guys in this room that played with him." - Canucks forward Daniel Sedin on Burrows, who will be honored with a video tribute during the game


Senators projected lineup

Bobby Ryan -- Derick Brassard -- Mark Stone

Zack Smith -- Kyle Turris -- Ryan Dzingel

Mike Hoffman -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Tom Pyatt

Nate Thompson -- Logan Brown -- Alexandre Burrows

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Chris Wideman -- Fredrik Claesson

Mark Borowiecki -- Thomas Chabot

Craig Anderson

Mike Condon

Scratched: Alex Formenton, Christian Jaros 

Injured: Erik Karlsson (left foot), Colin White (left wrist), Johnny Oduya (lower body), Ben Harpur (shoulder)


Canucks projected lineup 

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Loui Eriksson

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Thomas Vanek

Sam Gagner -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Jake Virtanen

Markus Granlund -- Brandon Sutter -- Derek Dorsett

Alexander Edler -- Christopher Tanev

Michael Del Zotto -- Erik Gudbranson

Ben Hutton -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Brock Boeser, Alex Biega, Derrick Pouliot 

Injured: None


Status report

Hoffman was back on the ice Tuesday after missing practice Monday with illness, but will be a game-time decision. Coach Guy Boucher said he is still contemplating dressing seven defensemen and 11 forwards, with Brown coming out and Saros going in on defense. … Boeser, who led the Canucks with seven points (four goals, three assists) during the preseason, will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game.


Stat pack

Ottawa is 0-for-12 on the power play. … Henrik Sedin (13:30) and Daniel Sedin (14:02) had less ice time against the Oilers than in any game last season. 

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