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Preview: Canucks at Senators

Goaltender Mike Condon to start for Ottawa; Vancouver looks to end six-game losing streak

by Chris Stevenson / Correspondent

CANUCKS (4-5-1) at SENATORS (6-3-0)

7:30 p.m. ET; RDS, TSN5, SNV, NHL.TV


Canucks team scope

After starting the season with four wins, the Vancouver Canucks have lost six straight games (0-5-1) and have been shut out in three of their past four. They have scored the first goal of the game once. They are coming off a 3-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, when they outshot the Canadiens 42-21. "I think we got back to what we did the first four games there," said goaltender Jacob Markstrom, who will start against the Senators. "I thought we played a great hockey game, but it's about scoring goals at the end of the day. If we keep playing like we did [Wednesday], we're on the right path." The Canucks were shut out by the Senators 3-0 in Vancouver on Oct. 25.


Senators team scope

Goaltender Craig Anderson left the Ottawa Senators on Thursday to be with his wife Nicholle, who is battling cancer. There is no timetable for the return of Anderson, who is 6-1-0 this season with a 2.24 goals-against average. With backup Andrew Hammond out for at least another week with a groin injury, the Senators acquired Mike Condon from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday for a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Condon will start against the Canucks. "We don't know when [Anderson] will be back," coach Guy Boucher said. "We don't know when Hammond will be back. I think [Ottawa general manager] Pierre [Dorion] did a great job of making sure we had somebody with experience for the next games because we don't know how many games [Anderson will miss]." Forward Mark Stone will not play because of a neck injury he sustained in the Senators 2-1 overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. Forward Max McCormick, called up from Binghamton of the American Hockey League on Thursday, will play. The Senators are looking for their third straight win.


Canucks projected lineup

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Jannik Hansen

Markus Granlund -- Brandon Sutter -- Loui Eriksson

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Jake Virtanen

Alexandre Burrows -- Brendan Gaunce -- Derek Dorsett

Alexander Edler -- Chris Tanev

Ben Hutton -- Erik Gudbranson

Luca Sbisa -- Philip Larsen

Jacob Markstrom

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Jack Skille, Alex Biega, Nikita Tryamkin

Injured: Anton Rodin (knee), Jayson Megna (undisclosed)


Senators projected lineup

Mike Hoffman -- Derick Brassard -- Bobby Ryan

Zack Smith -- Kyle Turris -- Tom Pyatt

Ryan Dzingel -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Chris Kelly

Matt Puempel -- Max McCormick -- Chris Neil

Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki -- Chris Wideman

Mike Condon

Chris Driedger

Scratched: Fredrik Claesson, Craig Anderson (personal reasons)

Injured: Andrew Hammond (groin), Mark Stone (neck), Clarke MacArthur (concussion)


Status report

Tanev returned against the Montreal Canadiens after missing three games with an injury and could be a game-time decision. If he can't play, Tryamkin could take his place. … Stone's injury is not considered serious, and he could play Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres, Boucher said. … A couple of the Senators defensemen will be game-time decisions and Claesson, called up Thursday from Binghamton, could play.


Who's hot

Turris has two goals and an assist in his past three games. … Pyatt has two assists in his past two games.

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