Gameday Skate: Canucks host Canes in battle of brothers tonight at Rogers Arena

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The Vancouver Canucks will go for their fifth-straight win tonight as the Carolina Hurricanes hit town for their lone visit of the season.

The Canucks are coming off a solid 3-1 win over the Avalanche last night but the team will have to tighten up their play once again after a slow first period caught the eye of head coach John Tortorella. Below are the five keys to tonight’s game between Team Stall and Team Sedin.

Brother Battle

Tonight’s game marks the first time Henrik and Daniel Sedin will face off against both Eric and Jordan Staal on the same squad. While the Sedins have nearly identical point-per-game numbers heading into tonight’s game the sibling rivalry in Carolina has certainly tipped in favour of Eric so far this season.

Sedin Brothers, Vancouver Canucks

Look for the Sedins to come out strong against the Staal brothers tonight.

The eldest Staal leads the Hurricanes with 23 points in 30 games so far this season, besting his brother by 11 points.

Malhotra’s Triumphant Return

Tonight’s game also marks Manny Malhotra‘s return to Rogers Arena one season after the Canucks decided to shut him down due to safety concerns stemming from an eye injury suffered in 2011.

The last time Manny Malhotra wore a Vancouver Canucks uniform was February 9th 2013 in a 5-1 win over the Flames.

Nothing Lacking In Net

After being named the NHL’s third star of the week Roberto Luongo will rest in favour of Eddie Lack tonight at Rogers Arena.

Lack enters tonight’s game with a .911 save percentage and a 2.41 goals-against average, giving the Canucks the luxury of resting their hot goaltender in favour of The Stork.

Skinner A Star

Not to be outdone by Roberto Luongo Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner earned the NHL’s first star of the week after putting up five goals and one assist over three games played.

Despite early injury troubles Skinner has held steady just shy of a point-per-game pace this season with 9 goals and 8 assists through 19 games played.

Look for the diminutive forward to show some flash tonight at Rogers Arena.

Hurricanes History

While the team has made some significant changes over the past few seasons the Carolina Hurricanes have struggled in Vancouver over recent years.

Tonight the Hurricanes will be looking for their first win in Vancouver since 1999, dating back to an ugly era most Canucks fans would rather forget.

The Canucks were playing in a garage, Mark Messier was the captain, and the West Coast Express had yet to be formed. Those were dark, dark, times I tell you.

Look for the Canucks to continue the tradition with another win tonight at Rogers Arena.


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