Nucks Take The Capital
After struggling to get things going at home the Vancouver Canucks are back out on the road to take on the Ottawa Senators in the nation’s capital.
The Canucks secured only 5 of a possible 12 points on their recent home stand but will be looking to be more efficient on the road starting tonight in Ottawa.
Below are five keys to tonight’s Heritage Classic preview at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Ottawa Senators don’t seem to be able to keep the puck out of their own net. The Vancouver Canucks are struggling to find any consistent scoring at all.
The Senators have allowed four or more goals in six of their last eight games while the Canucks have been held to a single goal in five of their last eight.
Tonight’s matchup features a pair of teams trying to get their game back on track after recent slow stretches, look for a wide-open affair tonight in Ottawa.
Leading By Example
Henrik Sedin was the Canucks’ best player during their recent home stand and will need to continue to carry the team while out on the road. Henrik has four goals over his last five games heading into tonight’s contest while secondary scoring seems to have dried up in Vancouver.
Ryan Ripping It Up
The Senators have been struggling to keep the puck out of their own net however Bobby Ryan has been doing his best to balance things out lately. Ryan has three goals in his last three games heading into tonight’s game including a pair against the Capitals last night in Washington.
Look for Ottawa’s newest scoring threat to put the puck on net tonight against the Canucks.
Count on Karlsson
Erik Karlsson continues to drive the scoring attack for the Senators and should be the focus of Vancouver’s defensive coverage tonight in Ottawa. Karlsson has 7 goals and 19 assists through 25 games so far this season and has shown no signs of slowing down since returning from an Achilles injury last season.
Watch for Karlsson’s quick passing to drive the Sens tonight at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Anderson vs. Luongo
Craig Anderson is expected to start opposite Roberto Luongo tonight in a matchup of goaltenders trending in opposite directions.
Luongo is simply looking for some goal support on the road after a dry home stand while Anderson is looking to get his game back on track since returning from head injury.