The Vancouver Canucks are back in action tonight as they play host to the worst team in the Eastern Conference. Rogers Arena welcomes Ryan Miller’s former squad the Buffalo Sabres (14-32-3). Miller spent 11 seasons with the Sabres but those days are long gone and now the club is one of the few teams up for the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. The Sabres have lost 13 games in a row and are 1-16-1 in their last 18 games.
The Canucks were involved in a minor trade yesterday and picked up 22-year-old Adam Clendening, an offensive defenceman who was playing with the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL. He won’t be suiting up tonight but Latvian forward Ronalds Kenins who was recalled from Utica is expected to make his NHL debut alongside Bo Horvat and Zack Kassian. Brad Richardson is out with a foot injury and Derek Dorsett is sidelined with an upper body injury.
The Canucks (26-17-3) are sitting in the seventh slot in the Western Conference with 55 points. With the Kings at ninth with 54 points another loss could have the Canucks on the outside looking in fairly soon. Tonight the club will look to snap a two game losing streak and should come away with a victory against a struggling Sabres squad.
Puck drop is set for 7pm.