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1Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview Empty Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview on Thu Feb 19, 2009 1:18 pm

davetherave

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Canucks-Senators Preview 2/19/2009
ESPN.com

Ryan Kesler is having a career season, leading the Vancouver Canucks' surge on offense this month. He may finally be set to end his drought against the Ottawa Senators.

After getting another big game from Kesler, the Canucks look to sweep their season series with the resurgent Senators on Thursday night.
Vancouver, 28-21-8, was in the bottom half of the NHL in scoring each of the past two seasons, but is now ranked ninth with 3.00 goals per game. The Canucks have been particularly impressive in February, averaging 4.14 goals en route to going 6-1-0.

Vancouver had lost eight straight (0-5-3) prior to this month, but it has moved into fifth place in the Western Conference and is within eight points of first-place Calgary in the Northwest Division after beating the Flames 4-3 in a shootout Tuesday night.

"We want to get our division title," Kesler told the team's official Web site.
Kesler scored twice and has nine goals and four assists in eight games since being moved from center to right wing.

Kesler, a first-round pick in 2003, is second on the team with 18 goals, three shy of the career high he set last season. Kesler, though, has been held off the scoresheet in all five games he has played against Ottawa (22-25-9), including a 3-0 Vancouver win Dec. 28 in the teams' first meeting this season.

The Canucks held the Senators to 18 shots on goal in that game, winning their third straight in the series. Ottawa hasn't beaten Vancouver since a 2-1 road win March 13, 2004.

The Senators have been playing well since coach Cory Clouston replaced Craig Hartsburg on Feb. 2, going 5-1-2. Ottawa had a five-game winning streak end with a 3-2 overtime loss to Colorado on Tuesday night.

It was the finale of a 4-0-1 road trip for the Senators. Ottawa's playoff hopes, however, remain dim in the closely contested East.

The Senators' chances would be especially bleak if they lost captain Daniel Alfredsson for an extended period. He took a puck to the jaw versus the Avalanche but is hopeful he'll be able to play in this game.

"The teeth are OK, it's more of the jaw," said Alfredsson, who has 17 goals and 35 assists. "It will be sore."

Alfredsson, one point shy of 900 for his career, has been held off the scoresheet in two straight games.

Senators winger Ryan Shannon scored twice against Colorado. Shannon had no goals and one assist in seven games since being called up from AHL Binghamton to try and spark a then-struggling Ottawa club.

"I was pressing a little bit, trying to force shots, trying to shoot too hard," he said. "It's settling."

Ottawa could use some more goals from Shannon at home, where it has been held to two or fewer in 12 of 26 games.

The Senators are 12-9-5 at Scotiabank Place and won the last contest there 3-2 in a shootout with Buffalo on Feb. 7. They haven't won consecutive games at home since a four-game run from Nov. 22-Dec. 6.

2Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview Empty Re: Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview on Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:48 pm

Cap'n Clutch

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This is going to be a real tough game to win without Alfie. Thankfully our best line of late has been Fisher, Foligno, Shannon so our best line is still in tact.


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3Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview Empty Re: Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview on Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:54 pm

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Any word on whether it's Bell or Picard tonight???

4Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview Empty Re: Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview on Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:01 pm

Cap'n Clutch

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I didn't watch the game so I don't know how Picard played. If he truly stunk out the joint then Bell is back rust or not.


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5Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview Empty Re: Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview on Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:17 pm

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Since this is our Game Day thread today. Elliott is starting for the Sens with Luongo for the Canucks.

Alfie will not play tonight and may be out a week or more according to the Sun.


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6Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview Empty Re: Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview on Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:19 pm

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From what ive heard from HB Mark Christopher says it's Picard!

7Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview Empty Re: Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview on Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:19 pm

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Picard was SO bad, its actually hard to describe... For some reason, I think we'll see him in the lineup anyways, just to give him a chance to show it wasn't the rust...

8Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview Empty Re: Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview on Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:19 pm

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The Canucks have been very tough in their past ten games. Mats Sundin is now playing at the level he was last year and Luongo is very sharp. Ryan Kesler is dangerous. Vancouver came out very hard against Chicago and came from behind against Calgary while picking up their seventh win in eight games this month. They are impressive.

Tonight is a measuring stick for the Senators. The Canucks won't take them lightly--and the Nucks need the points to hang on to their playoff position.

Naturally, I'll be very happy if the Sens nuke the Nucks...for a few reasons...
:pirat:

9Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview Empty Re: Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview on Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:36 pm

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I think the Sens still have a real shot at taking out the Canucks tonight but it certainly won't be easy. It will be impossible if they fall into their old ways of Suckdom with Alfie out of the lineup.

Fingers Crossed.


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10Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview Empty Re: Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview on Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:42 pm

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They better win, I only go to SBP once or twice a year.



Last edited by marakh on Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:36 pm; edited 1 time in total

11Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview Empty Re: Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview on Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:55 pm

Hockeyhero22000

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According to TSN

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=11009

Projected lines vs. Canucks

Forwards:
Heatley - Spezza - Kelly
Foligno - Fisher - Shannon
Vermette - Hennessy - Ruutu
Donovan - McAmmond - Winchester

Defence:
Phillips - Volchenkov
Kuba - Lee
Bell - Smith

Goaltender:
Elliott

12Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview Empty Re: Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview on Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:31 pm

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Good to see Bell back in, as bad as he was in Nashville, there is no way, he or Lee are as bad as Picard. He is just brutal.

Does Schubert even come to the games anymore?

13Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview Empty Re: Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview on Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:34 pm

Cap'n Clutch

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marakh wrote:They better win, I only go to SPB once or twice a year.

Well there's your problem Wink You've been going to the wrong place. It's SBP :D


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14Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview Empty Re: Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview on Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:36 pm

LeCaptain

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lol.

15Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview Empty Re: Game Day: Canucks-Senators Preview on Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:43 pm

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Neely4Life wrote:Good to see Bell back in, as bad as he was in Nashville, there is no way, he or Lee are as bad as Picard. He is just brutal.

Does Schubert even come to the games anymore?

Who do you think carries the water bottles to practices? 8)

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