Friday, February 20, 2009

Canucks Arrive In Toronto

The Canucks skated this afternoon in Ottawa and have now arrived in Toronto in preparation to play the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Vancouver has won three straight and collected wins in seven of the last eight. Roberto Luongo has posted seven straight wins for the first time since Jan. 7/07. Last night's 5-2 win over the Senators was the first time this season the Canucks scored more than two goals in the first period on the road. The Canucks have not lost in Ottawa since Nov. 20/01.

Of course tomorrow's game features the long awaited return of Mats Sundin to Air Canada Center. The last time the Canucks were in Toronto, they posted a 6-1 win over the Leafs on Jan. 13/07. The Canucks have not lost a game in Toronto since Nov. 24/01.

The Canucks and Leafs did not play each other last season. Lifetime, the Canucks have a winning record against Toronto (52-50-24), but are 22-28-11 when playing on the road.

The Canucks will be without the services of Darcy Hordichuk for an indefinite period as he has returned to Vancouver to be with his wife. She is about to give birth to their first child.

The team will also be without the services of Jannik Hansen. He suffered an injury to a finger in Thrusdays' win over the Sens and there is no time-table for his return to the line-up.

The club has called up Alexandre Bolduc from the Manitoba Moose. He has appeared in five games for the Canucks this season, collecting one assist and two minor penalties. In 44 games with the Moose, he has scored 10 goals and 15 assists.

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