Vancouver (21-15-5) at Edmonton (19-16-3), 10:00 p.m. EST
EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- Mats Sundin may have the chance to
end the recent struggles of the Vancouver Canucks.
Less than one month after signing with Vancouver to end a
prolonged period of limbo as the market's most coveted free
agent, Sundin could make his debut Wednesday, when the Canucks
visit the Edmonton Oilers.
The Edmonton Journal reported Tuesday that Sundin's season debut
may be moved up from Friday after the 37-year-old skated hard at
practice in Vancouver the previous day. The Canucks are not
expected to give Sundin clearance, though, until Wednesday's
Sundin, who will join fellow Swedes Henrik and Daniel Sedin to
round out one of the most talented trios in the league, will
have his work cut out for him right away. Vancouver is in
danger of losing its third game in a row - its longest skid
since dropping four straight from November 27-December 4.
Edmonton, however, is riding a two-game winning streak and has
posted a 5-2-0 record in its last seven contests.
The Oilers are coming off a 3-2 victory over the New York
Islanders on Monday during which veteran goaltender Dwayne
Roloson improved to 10-1-3 when allowing two goals or fewer this
Currently in a stretch of playing 11 of 14 games at home,
Edmonton has won four of its last five at Rexall Place.