The Vancouver Canucks (8-3-4), minus Jannik Hansen, will try to snap their three-game winless skid tonight when they face the Dallas Stars (8-7-1) at the American Airlines Center.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The Canucks are riding their longest winless streak of the season at three games (0-1-2).
- Vancouver saw their two-game road win streak snapped on Tuesday but have still earned points in five of six games away from Rogers Arena this season (3-1-2).
- The Stars are playing the second game of a three-game home stand tonight and are looking to bounce back with a win after blowing a 3-1 third period lead in their last outing to Calgary to lose 4-3.
- Tonight marks the second of three meetings between the Canucks and Stars this season. In their first clash six nights ago, the Stars battled back from a 3-1 second period deficit to skate away from Rogers Arena with a 4-3 win.
- The Canucks are expected to debut new-look lines and defense combinations tonight. Aside from the top line staying intact, notable changes include Booth moving up from the fourth line and Kassian getting bumped off the second line. On the back end, Hamhuis and Bieksa reunite, Edler gets paired up with Tanev and Ballard and Garrison form the final pairing.
- The Canucks will be without F Jannik Hansen tonight as he is serving a one-game NHL suspension for his hit to the head of Chicago's Marian Hossa on Tuesday that forced the Blackhawks forward to leave the game. F Aaron Volpatti, who was a healthy scratch on Tuesday, will likely draw back into the lineup in Hansen's spot.
- Canucks G Cory Schneider will earn his second consecutive start tonight. It's the first time this season he has started a game following a loss. Schneider has a 3-1-0 lifetime record at the American Airlines Center.
- The Stars will start rookie G Christopher Nilstorp tonight. Nilstorp has just two career NHL games under his belt, both coming this season, and is still seeking his first win. This is actually his first year playing hockey in North America. With the Texas Stars (AHL) this season, he has posted a record of 17-10-1 with a 2.17 GAA and .914 save percentage with four shutouts.
- Canucks F Daniel Sedin (2-4-6) and Henrik Sedin (1-5-6) are putting three-game point streaks on the line tonight. Stars F Cody Eakin (2-2-4) and Michael Ryder (0-4-4) also have three-game point streaks entering tonight's contest.
- The Stars have lost two of their last three games since having their four-game win streak snapped. They're looking to avoid losing back-to-back games since going winless in four straight (0-3-1) from January 24 to 29.
- The Canucks have earned points in five straight visits to the American Airlines Center (4-0-1).
- The Canucks have yet to win this season in the first game when playing on consecutive nights (0-2-0).
- Tonight marks the fifth time the Canucks will face a rookie goaltender. They have previously faced Jake Allen (STL), Darcy Kuemper (MIN), Leland Irving (CGY) and Richard Bachman (DAL). Bachman is technically a rookie even though he had appeared in 19 career NHL games prior to this season, 18 of which came last season.
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