NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, March 21st
(All times eastern)
Columbus Blue Jackets (20-42-8-4) at Vancouver Canucks (37-23-10-5), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks try to halt a four-game winless slide
tonight when they welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets to GM Place.
Vancouver enters the day tied with Dallas for fourth in the Western Conference
with 89 points. The Canucks are four points behind the Colorado Avalanche for
first in the Northwest Division chase.
On Friday the Canucks suffered a 4-3 overtime loss in Chicago. Tyler Arnason
scored 1:44 into overtime to post his second career hat trick and give the
Blackhawks the win.
Brendan Morrison, Matt Cooke and Trevor Linden scored for the Canucks, who
suffered their second straight loss and are winless in their last four
Starting goaltender Dan Cloutier missed the game with a strained hip flexor,
and replacement Johan Hedberg allowed three goals on 15 shots before being
pulled in the second period. Cloutier is day-to-day.
Vancouver, 0-2-2 in its last four home games, opens a four-game stand tonight
and will welcome Los Angeles to town on Wednesday.
Columbus, meanwhile, has lost its last eight games, including Thursday's 2-0
setback in Calgary. Miikka Kiprusoff posted 23 saves for his third shutout of
the season and Matthew Lombardi and Jarome Iginla each added goals to lead the
Marc Denis turned in a solid effort between the pipes with 33 saves for
Columbus. The Blue Jackets are in last place in the Western Conference --
three points behind the Chicago Blackhawks.
Columbus has just two wins (2-13-3) in its last 18 road games.
The Blue Jackets will host Minnesota on Wednesday.
Vancouver is 2-1 against Columbus this season, and 10-3-2 all-time in the
series. The Jackets have lost six of the seven meetings at GM Place.
03/21 10:07:39 ET