Sunday, December 14, 2008

Canucks Panthers Game Day

The Canucks will look to rebound after a disappointing loss on the road last night in Edmonton as this evening they host the Florida Panthers for the one and only meeting between the two clubs this season.

Cory Schneider will get the start tonight in goal after Curtis Sanford allowed three goals on 29 shots in last night's 3-0 loss to the Oilers. In Schneider's last outting, he gave up four goals on 35 shots as the Canucks blew three leads to fall 5-4 in a shoot-out to the Colorado Avalanche Dec. 7.

Sami Salo is still not healthy enough to play as he nurses a groin injury. Rob Davison will again draw into the Canucks line-up on defence. Mike Brown will factor into the Canucks line-up as well taking the spot of Jason Jaffray.

The Canucks (16-11-3) are not likely to make any line-up changes but they are expected to make some changes to their forward combos. Although the club did not skate this morning at GM Place, don't be surprised to see Daniel and Henrik Sedin reunited with Pavol Demitra while Jannik Hansen could be back working with Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler.

The Panthers (14-12-3) are one of the hottest teams in the entire NHL right now. Coming off a 3-2 win in a shoot-out against the Calgary Flames on Friday, they have also posted road wins in the past week over the Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators. They are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games and are currently led in scoring by defenceman Jay Bouwmeester (5g,12a).

Here are the possible line-ups for both teams going into tonight's action:


D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Demitra
Pyatt - Wellwood - Bernier
Burrows - Kesler - Hansen
Hordichuk - Raymond - Brown

Mitchell - Bieksa
Ohlund - Davison
O'Brien - Edler



Michal Frolik - Stephen Weiss - Kamil Kreps
Michal Repik - Shawn Matthias - Cory Stillman
Ville Peltonen - Gregory Campbell - Radek Dvorak
Nick Tarnasky - Brett McLean - Anthony Stewart

Karlis Skrastins - Jay Bouwmeester
Keith Ballard - Nick Boyton
Jasesn Cullimore - Bryan McCabe

Craig Anderson
Tomas Vokoun

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