The Vancouver Canucks host the Calgary Flames looking to bounce back in the comfortable confines of Rogers Arena after struggling mightily on their recent road trip.
The Canucks were outscored 11-1 over their three-game trip including two shutouts and will be looking for some home cooking to get things going tonight against the Flames.
Home Sweet Home
The Canucks were brutal on their three-game road trip but iced a decent effort during their last game on home ice January 10th against the Blues. Distracted by the comforts of home and a Hockey Day In Canada celebration the Canucks should be in a new frame of mind for tonight’s divisional battle after scoring only one goal over their last three games.
Henrik Sedin was seen on the ice at practice this morning but remains a game-time decision for tonight’s matchup with the Flames.
Henrik took a stick to the ribs on Thursday and wouldn’t give any clues after practice today when questioned about his status. Henrik has been held scoreless over his last three games.
Alex Burrows is set to return to the lineup tonight for the first time since breaking his jaw on December 1st. Considering how badly the Canucks have struggled to score lately Burrows’ return couldn’t come at a better time.
While Burrows himself has struggled to score this season his presence alone should give the team a boost, specifically the Sedins if John Tortorella decides to reunite the trio.
Roberto Luongo will also be a game-time decision tonight after missing the last six games with an ankle injury.
If Luongo is to play he can surely expect a secure crease tonight after being hurt when Dustin Brown took the puck hard to the net in a controversial play earlier this month.
Eddie Lack was one of the only Canucks that had a decent performance in Phoenix and will be ready to go if Luongo is unable to return.
Mike Santorelli was seen in a sling after suffering an injury during Thursday’s game against the Coyotes.
Santorelli was one of three Canucks injured during the frustrating affair but appears to be the only one definitively ruled out for tonight’s game against the Flames.
With Santorelli out, Burrows back, and Luongo a potential starter the Canucks’ lineup could look considerably different for their return to Rogers Arena.
Kellen Lain is also expected to play tonight against the Flames.