Thursday, October 9, 2008

Regular Season Opens....Finally!!

After going through a near perfect pre-season, the Canucks finally get to play for keeps as they open up their year at General Motors Place tonight against the Calgary Flames.

The last time these two clubs met was October 1, with the Canucks taking their opponents to the woodshed in a big 6-1 victory.

Here are the line combos and defensive pairings that skated together at the game day skate:


D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Bernier
Ryamond - Demitra - Pyatt
Burrows - Kesler - Hansen
Hordichuk - Johnson - Rypien

Ohlund - Edler
Mitchell - Bieksa
Salo - O'Brien


(expected scratches are Davison, Brown, and Wellwood)


Bertuzzi - Conroy - Iginla
Bourque - Langkow - Cammalleri
Glencross - Lombardi - Moss
Roy - Primeau - Boyd

Phaneuf - Giordano
Vandermeer - Aucoin
Sarich - Regher


(expected scratches are Nystrom, Prust, and Pardy)

Canucks bench boss Alain Vigneault confirmed after their morning skate that Shane O'Brien will make his Vancouver debut on the blue line, just a few days after arriving in a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Calgary will dress Dustin Boyd, who yesterday had been expected to be sent down to their AHL affiliate in Quad City.

Prior to the opening face off of tonight's game, a special on-ice and video ceremony will take place to honour the memory of former Canucks defenceman Luc Bourdon. Both teams will be on the ice for the ceremony. Flames Head Coach Mike Keenan has gone through something similar before. Back when he was behind the bench of the Philadelphia Flyers in 1985, his goaltender Pelle Lindbergh was killed in a car crash.

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