NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, October 28th (All times eastern)
Columbus Blue Jackets (3-5-0-0) at Vancouver Canucks (4-2-2-0), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks try and stretch their unbeaten streak to four games tonight when they wrap up a four-game homestand against the Columbus Blue Jackets at GM Place.
On Sunday Vancouver improved to 4-0-1 in its last five at home as it skated to a 3-3 stalemate with the Phoenix Coyotes. Markus Naslund had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who are 2-0-2 in their last four overall. Trevor Linden and Ed Jovanovski also scored for Vancouver, while Dan Cloutier made 18 saves.
The 4-0-1 home start matches the 1991-92 team for the second-best mark in team history, trailing only the 1980-81 Canucks, who started 7-0 on friendly ice.
Following Sunday's deadlock the team announced that they had signed forward Todd Bertuzzi to a new four-year deal. Bertuzzi was in the final year of a deal that was scheduled to pay him a base salary of $3.7 million, but this new contract voids the old pact.
The 28-year-old Bertuzzi had his best season last year, posting career-highs in goals (46) and assists (51) while playing in all 82 games for the Canucks.
Vancouver will head to Los Angeles on Thursday, before wrapping up a brief two-game road swing in Phoenix on Friday.
Columbus, meanwhile, has dropped four-in-a-row after starting the season with three straight wins. The most recent setback came on Saturday, as the Blue Jackets found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-2 decision against the Dallas Stars.
Rick Nash and Andrej Nedorost both scored for Columbus, while Marc Denis, who suffered his third straight loss, finished with 31 saves.
Andrew Cassels contributed an assist for the Blue Jackets, who have scored two goals or less in six of their eight games.
Columbus defeated the Canucks earlier in the season and is 3-1-1 against them in the last five matchups. Vancouver, though, is 8-3-2 all-time against the Blue Jackets and has won five of the last six meetings at GM Place.
10/28 10:30:03 ET