VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Two teams fighting for
playoff position in their respective conference face off on
Saturday when the Vancouver Canucks host the Ottawa Senators at
The Canucks are four points behind the Colorado Avalanche for
first place in the Northwest Division with 10 games remaining.
Detroit leads the West with 92 points - four ahead of Vancouver.
Ottawa is tied with the Toronto Maples Leafs for fourth place in
the Eastern Conference with 88 points. The Senators are one
point behind the Boston Bruins for the third spot in the
conference and first place in the Northeast Division.
Vancouver has won just two of its last six games, avoiding a
three-game winless streak with a 4-3 overtime victory over the
Edmonton Oilers on Friday.
Geoff Sanderson scored the game-winner with 33 seconds left in
overtime and Martin Rucinsky had a goal and an assist for the
Canucks, who recorded a point for the eighth time in 10 games.
Ottawa had a two-game winning streak snapped with a 4-2 road
loss to the Calgary Flames on Thursday.
Marian Hossa and Martin Havlat scored for the Senators, who
rallied from a pair of one-goal deficits before falling to 1-1-0
on a five-game road trip.
Vancouver posted a 4-3 overtime victory at Ottawa on November
27. The Canucks have won the last two meetings with the Senators
after losing three in a row.