NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, October 27th
(All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (3-2-3) at Vancouver Canucks (6-4-1), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks will try to stay on the winning
course tonight when they host the Washington Capitals at GM Place.
Vancouver is coming off Wednesday's impressive 5-0 win over the Chicago
Blackhawks in which goaltender Roberto Luongo made 32 saves. It was the first
shutout for Luongo since joining the club in the offseason.
The Canucks acquired Luongo, a former Vezina finalist, from Florida in an
offseason trade that saw Todd Bertuzzi shipped to the Panthers. The shutout
for Luongo was the 28th of his career and the first against Chicago in seven
Henrik Sedin scored two goals against the Blackhawks while his brother,
Daniel, finished with three assists for the Canucks, who have won three of
four and four of their last six contests.
Meanwhile, the Capitals ended a two-game losing streak with Wednesday's 5-3
victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
Caps netminder Olaf Kolzig stopped 45 shots at Pepsi Center, while star
Alexander Ovechkin and Dainius Zubrus each scored goals in the victory.
Washington also improved to 1-0 on a four-game road trip.
Washington and Vancouver haven't met since the 2003-04 season, when the
Canucks posted a 6-1 victory on January 31, 2004. Markus Naslund, Trevor
Linden and Sami Salo each tallied a goal and an assist in the win.
Vancouver has won three in a row and six of the last eight meetings against
the Capitals. Washington has lost three of its last four at Vancouver and is
4-3-1 in its last eight at GM Place.
10/27 10:28:13 ET