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Naslund faces former team for first time when Rangers host Canucks

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Naslund faces former team for first time when Rangers host Canucks

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Vancouver (10-6-2) at NY Rangers (14-5-2) 7:30 p.m. EST

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Markus Naslund faces his former team for
the first time on Wednesday when the New York Rangers host the
Vancouver Canucks.

Naslund was a member of the Canucks for 12 seasons before
signing a reported two-year, $8 million contract to join the
Rangers as a free agent during the offseason.

One of the most popular players in Vancouver history, the
35-year-old Naslund had been the Canucks' captain for the
previous seven campaigns.

The Swede recorded six seasons with 30 or more goals in
Vancouver, scoring a career-high 104 points in 2002-2003, when
he won the Lester B. Pearson Award. He ranks first on the
franchise list in goals (346), points (756) and hat tricks (10)
and third in assists (410) and games played (884).

Naslund expects it to be a little strange when he takes the ice
against a team with which he has so much history.

"It's definitely going to be a little bit different," he said.
"There's some guys still there I played together with for almost
10 years. Facing them is going to be different but you just
have to be professional and try to find a way to win."

New York will try to earn its fourth straight victory on
Wednesday.

The Canucks are looking to bounce back from a 2-1 overtime loss
to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday and claim victory for the fifth
time in their last seven games.

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