Ottawa Senators (17-28-8) 13th (East)
Vancouver Canucks (34-10-9) 1st (Overall)
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver
<7:07pm local time> Monday, February 7th 2011
Senators players to watch:
Canucks players to watch:
The Ottawa Senators are a mess this season. Losing Jason Spezza (shoulder) for 20+ games really hurt the teams' offense although Spezza wasn't having a great season anyway. Even Daniel Alfredsson is having an off season offensively as he's only on pace for 22 goals and under 50 points this season. Alexei Kovalev seemed to have only laced up the skates this season to pass the 1000 NHL career points mark, because other than accomplishing that Kovalev is showing that he's not a serious offensive threat most nights. The other serious problem for the Senators is their goaltending. They don't have a true number one stopper and it shows almost every game. Ottawa ranks right near the bottom of the NHL in Goals for (29th) and Goals against (28th) along with bottom half special team rankings: PP%: (18th) and PK%: (21st), mix in some injuries = THE receipe for a terrible season in the NHL. On paper though the Sens don't look like a team that would be easy to beat.
Senators Line Up
Foligno - Spezza - Alfredsson
M.Michalek - Fisher - Kovalev
Regin - C.Kelly - Neil
Shannon - Winchester - Z.Smith
Phillips - Karlsson
Gonchar - Campoli
Lee - Kuba
The Vancouver Canucks sit atop the NHL's overall standings and are looking like a sure bet to stay in the hunt for the "Presidents trophy" awarded to the team with the best record after each NHL season. The Canucks have knocked off three good Western Conference teams early in February including Luongo's 42 save Win over the hated Chicago Blackhawks. Wingers Alex Burrows, Mikael Samuelsson and Mason Raymond have come alive and are chipping in with more goals lately and that just completes an already very dangerous offensive line-up as Daniel and Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler have been great all season. Defenseman Sami Salo is in Manitoba playing AHL games and could return to the Canucks line-up soon while Alex Edler has had back surgery and will most likely miss the rest of the regular season. Canucks fans will hope he can return for a long Stanley Cup playoff run. In Goal the Canucks can't go wrong with either the starter, "All-world" Roberto Luongo or the back-up "Super rookie" Cory Ginger Schneider. Bonus for CDC goalie fanatics: See post #14 below for CanuckEdge's case for Roberto Luongo's Vezina shot.
Canucks Line Up
D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Burrows
Raymond - Kesler - Samuelsson
Torres - Malhotra - Hansen
Glass - Hodgson - Tambellini
Rome - Ehrhoff
Hamhuis - Bieksa
Ballard - Tanev
Injuries and Roster news:
L.Sweatt (returned to AHL)
Salo (achillies, AHL conditioning stint)
Edler (back, 8-10 weeks minimum)
Rypien (personal leave, unknown)
Ottawa/Vancouver Remember this?
Markus Naslund "solo dash" goal.
Edited by CanuckEDGE, 08 February 2011 - 12:10 AM.