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The Canucks are 0-3 to start the preseason - something unfamiliar to a team that hasn't lost three preseason games since the 2006-07 season.
That was also the only season since the lockout that they've been below .500 in exhibition but they went on to play in the Western Conference semi-final against the Anaheim Ducks, the eventual Stanley Cup Champions.
The Ducks are coming off a game against the San Jose Sharks Friday night prior to flying to Vancouver for their fourth exhibition outing this season. They are 1-1-0 going into their matchup against their California rivals.
Vancouver is icing a roster with a balanced mix of veterans and prospects for Saturday's tilt.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin are expected to skate on a line with summer-signing Jeff Tambellini. Tambellini assisted on the first goal of the game and had 17:37 of ice time. He won four of five draws and topped it off with two shots on the night.
Former Canucks, Peter Schaefer and Brendan Morrison will skate on a line with 2009 first round draft pick, Jordan Schroeder. Schaefer and Morrison played together in 2000-2001 and both are on professional tryout contracts coming into camp.
The defence group looks much greener than the forward lines for Saturday. Christian Ehrhoff and Dan Hamhuis headlined the game group that practiced on Friday. Spotted in that group was Kevin Connauton paired with Evan Oberg, Taylor Ellington with Chris Tanev, and rounded out by Andrew Alberts and Alex Edler.
Coach Alain Vigneault will likely make the call on the final roster just prior to game time.
The Canucks sit at the bottom of the league to open exhibition play but look for their first win at Rogers Arena Saturday. Game time is at 7pm on CBC.