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Awaiting reinforcements, Canucks host Oilers

Edmonton (15-14-3) at Vancouver (19-13-3), 10:00 pm EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) — Coming off their
most-lopsided loss of the season, the Vancouver Canucks can take
solace in the fact that help is on the way.

The Canucks look to put an embarrassing 5-0 loss to the San Jose
Sharks behind them Friday when they host the Edmonton Oilers.

Tuesday’s setback against the Sharks dropped Vancouver to 6-7-1
since star goaltender Roberto Luongo went down with a groin
injury. However, the team hopes to have its captain back soon.

Additionally, Vancouver made a splash earlier this week with the
signing of veteran center Mats Sundin. The 37-year-old former
Toronto Maple Leafs’ captain is expected to join the club
Saturday and likely will be ready to play by early January.

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In the meantime, the Canucks will have to lean heavily on
goaltender Curtis Sanford.

The 29-year-old was given the night off against the Sharks but,
after rookie netminder Cory Schneider allowed five goals on 15
shots, he made a relief appearance.

Sanford turned away all 16 shots faced Tuesday and has allowed
just 11 goals over his last five starts, but is 3-2-0 over that
span as the Canucks’ offense searches for consistency.

The Oilers have not played since defeating the Phoenix Coyotes,
4-2, on Monday. Sheldon Souray, who is second on the club in
goals (nine) and points (23), scored the game-winner and snapped
a nine-game goal-scoring drought.