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Roussel back for Vancouver after knee surgery; Ottawa has lost four straight games

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

SENATORS (11-15-1) at CANUCKS (13-11-4)

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

 

The Game

Antoine Roussel will make his season debut when the Vancouver Canucks play the Ottawa Senators at Rogers Arena on Tuesday.

The forward had surgery in March to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.

Goalie Thatcher Demko starts for the Canucks, who are 4-8-2 in their past 14 games.

Goalie Anders Nilsson starts for the Senators, who have been outscored 13-4 while losing four in a row after going 5-1-0 in their previous six.

 

Players to watch

Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau has scored 10 of his 14 goals on the road (15 games) this season.

Canucks forward Elias Pettersson will play his 100th game in the NHL. He has 97 points (39 goals, 58 assists) and can join Pavel Bure (111 points; 64 goals, 47 assists) as the only other player to reach 100 points in 100 games with Vancouver.

 

They said it

"We want to score goals, but we don't want to do it at the sacrifice of defense." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith

"Tonight's a great night. I wanted to come back for this game because [he's] been like a big brother to me and I wanted to play this game." -- Canucks forward Antoine Roussel on returning the same night Alexandre Burrows will be inducted into the Ring of Honor

 

Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Logan Brown -- Anthony Duclair

Nick Paul -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Colin White

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Artem Anisimov -- Connor Brown

Filip Chlapik -- Chris Tierney -- Tyler Ennis

Thomas Chabot -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Nikita Zaitsev

Erik Brannstrom -- Dylan DeMelo

Anders Nilsson

Marcus Hogberg

Scratched: J.C. Beaudin, Mikkel Boedker, Maxime Lajoie

Injured: Scott Sabourin (nose), Cody Goloubef (undisclosed), Craig Anderson (undisclosed)

 

Canucks projected lineup 

J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Josh Leivo

Antoine Roussel -- Adam Gaudette -- Nikolay Goldobin

Loui Eriksson -- Tim Schaller -- Zack MacEwen

Jordie Benn -- Christopher Tanev

Quinn Hughes -- Tyler Myers

Oscar Fantenberg -- Troy Stecher

Thatcher Demko

Michael Dipietro

Scratched: Jacob Markstrom

Injured: Jake Virtanen (illness), Alexander Edler (upper body), Tyler Graovac (lower body), Tyler Motte (upper body), Micheal Ferland (concussion), Brandon Sutter (groin), Jay Beagle (lower body)

 

Status report

Anderson will miss his third game but practiced the past two days and is expected to start at the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. … Edler will miss his second straight game … Virtanen is a game-time decision and would replace Goldobin if he can play. … Sutter and Beagle could return against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. … Markstrom is expected back Saturday after leaving the Canucks to attend his father's funeral in Sweden.

 

Stat pack

Tierney has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 20 games against the Canucks, more than any other opponent. … Miller has eight points (four goals, four assists) in a six-game point streak.

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