Who's Next? Senators at Canucks

 

 
 
 
 
Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson scores under the leg of Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller during second period NHL action Thursday November 12, 2015 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
 

Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson scores under the leg of Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller during second period NHL action Thursday November 12, 2015 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Photograph by: Adrian Wyld, THE CANADIAN PRESS

THE MATCHUP

The Canucks have had three days to prepare since thumping Semyon Varlamov, pictured, and the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 on Sunday to snap a six-game home losing streak, Vancouver’s worst spell at Rogers Arena in seven years. It was their first win at home since Jan. 11. The Senators won their fourth straight game Tuesday, a 4-1 victory against the Edmonton Oilers, to open a three-game western Canadian road trip.

WOE CANADA

This is a key matchup in the NHL’s B flight — the unofficial bottom division that includes seven Canadian teams likely to miss the playoffs. The Senators’ improbable four-game winning streak elevated them within four points of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, although the teams they’re chasing have played fewer games. Six points behind the Senators, the Canucks are eight points out in the West.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Senators defenceman — we use that positional designation loosely — Erik Karlsson, pictured, set up the tying goal and scored the winner when the Canucks lost 3-2 in Ottawa on Nov. 12, which started a four-game losing streak and 2-7-3 nosedive by Vancouver. The teams were 1-0-1 against each other last year, the Canucks winning 4-3 in a shootout at home. Senators C Mika Zibanejad led all skaters with four points in the series.

WHO’S HOT, NOT?

Canucks C Henrik Sedin, pictured, had a four-assist game on Sunday and has nine points in his last six games. LW Daniel Sedin is on a five-game point streak (one goal, eight points). C Adam Cracknell has goals in his last two games, but C Bo Horvat has gone four without a point … Senators C Zack Smith has goals in three straight games, and six goals in his last nine. G Craig Anderson has stopped 128 of 134 shots during the four-game win streak. C Kyle Turris is pointless in 13 games.

LINEUPS

F Markus Granlund, pictured, will make his Canucks debut after Monday’s trade. Granlund practised Tuesday on a line with C Linden Vey and RW Emerson Etem. Trade bait RW Radim Vrbata could be “out a bit” with a lower-body injury suffered Sunday, head coach Willie Desjardins said. D Alex Edler (leg) and C Brandon Sutter (jaw) are out. The Senators are without D Chris Phillips (back) and C Clarke MacArthur (concussion).

 
 
 
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Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson scores under the leg of Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller during second period NHL action Thursday November 12, 2015 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
 

Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson scores under the leg of Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller during second period NHL action Thursday November 12, 2015 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Photograph by: Adrian Wyld, THE CANADIAN PRESS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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