Gameday skate: Canucks host Penguins as Crosby and co. come to town

Sid The Kid in Town

The Vancouver Canucks host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in the return of the golden boy to Rogers Arena.

On the same day Team Canada’s 2014 Olympic roster was announced Crosby and company return to Rogers Arena with the intention of taking a pair of points from the home team to begin a three-game Western road trip.

Lack to Lead

It's all up to Eddie tonight at Rogers Arena.

It’s all up to Eddie tonight at Rogers Arena.

After Roberto Luongo missed Sunday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks out with an ankle injury backup Eddie Lack is slotted to receive the start again tonight in Vancouver.

Goaltender Joacim Erikson has been called up from the Utica Comets to backup Lack, while Luongo remains day-to-day out due to injury.

While Luongo’s Olympic dreams were thought to be in question after the initial setback it seems Canada’s incumbent starter will be ready to return to the crease for Canada once again in Sochi.

Crosby Cruising

Sidney Crosby carries a five-game point streak into tonight’s game after putting up three goals and six assists over his last five contests.

Crosby will have fond memories of Rogers Arena after registering the golden goal for Canada during the 2010 Olympics, however with a new season and a new Olympic journey on his mind the Canucks may have an opportunity to at least contain Captain Canada tonight.

Dynamic Duo

The Penguins received a boost to their starting roster over the weekend after both Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin returned to the lineup in Sunday’s win over the Winnipeg Jets. Letang picked up an assist in his first game back since December 13, while Malkin contributed two goals and an assist in his first action since December 14th.

Look for both Letang and Malkin to make a difference as the Penguins re-adjust to playing with two of their top players back in the lineup.

Nux Injuries

In addition to losing Roberto Luongo for a few more days the Vancouver Canucks could be without another starting forward tonight as they take on the Penguins. Darren Archibald has officially been called up from Utica for tonight’s game, giving the Canucks options tonight as Tortorella looks to shake things up against Crosby and company.

While both Henrik Sedin and Zack Kassian were banged-up in Sunday’s game against the Ducks it appears Dale Weise and David Booth will sit in lieu of Archibald tonight.

Sestito’s Success

Tom Sestito had one of the biggest games of his career on Sunday, playing a key role in two power play goals and taking out a teammate all in a night’s work. Sestito brought energy to all aspects of his game on Sunday, giving Vancouver’s power play a boost before bowling over Zack Kassian with an attempted bodycheck later in the game.

John Tortorella asked his players to play with emotion and get to the blue paint against the Ducks, and after doing so with flair it seems Sestito has earned himself a spot on the power play for at least another game.

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