Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Giants/Bruins Game Day

For the first time in three seasons, the Canucks will play host to the Boston Bruins at General Motors Place. The Canucks (4-4-0) are coming off a big offensive outburst at home last Saturday night in a 6-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. The Bruins (4-2-3) come to the west coast after blanking the Oilers last night 1-0 in overtime.

Forwards Mason Raymond and Ryan Kesler have five-game point-scoring streaks on the line going into tonight's action. Raymond, fresh off a two-goal effort against the Oilers, has three goals and three assists. Kesler, who chipped in a pair of assists in that victory, has collected two goals and four assists in that same span.

The game also marks the return to Vancouver for local product Milan Lucic. The MVP of the Memorial Cup Champion Vancouver Giants in 2007 last played a game in Vancouver in September of that year. He captained Canada's World Jr. Team in the Canada Russia Super Series that off-season. Following the morning skate at GM Place today, Milan was presented with a new Memorial Cup ring from Michelle Toigo, the wife of Giants Majority Owner Ron Toigo. Lucic's original ring was stolen from his family home in Vancouver last summer.

Here are the expected line-ups for both clubs:


D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Bernier
Raymond - Wellwood - Pyatt
Burrows - Kesler - Hansen
Hordichuk - Johnson - Krog

Mitchell - Bieksa
Ohlund - Edler
Salo - O'Brien


Scratches: Rypien, Demitra, Brown, Nycholat, Davison


Milan Lucic - Marc Savard - Phil Kessel
Marco Sturm - Patric Bergeron - Michael Ryder
P.J. Axelsson - David Krejci - Blake Wheeler
Pettero Nokelainen - Stephane Yelle - Shawn Thorton

Zdeno Chara - Aaron Ward
Andrew Ference - Dennis Wideman
Mark Stuart - Shane Hnidy

Tim Thomas
Manny Fernandez

Scratches: Chuck Kobasew, Matt Hunwick, Vladimir Sobotka

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