Canucks Buzz: Vancouver Hosts The Blue Jackets on Wednesday

Joseph Trenton@@TrentonNHLCFLAnalyst IIIDecember 15, 2010

VANCOUVER, CANADA - MARCH 1:  Rick Nash #61 Columbus Blue Jackets carries the puck from behind the net to shoot on Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks during their game at General Motors Place March 1, 2009 in Vancouver, Canada.   (Photo by Nick Didlick/Getty Images)
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Dec.15, 2010---The Vancouver Canucks finished off a short 1-game road trip in Edmonton to come home hosting Rick Nash and his Columbus Blue Jackets.

It might be a surprise to many in Vancouver, but Mathieu Garon is getting the start tonight at Rogers Arena over youngster Steve Mason. So far this season, Mathieu Garon has given the team a chance to win games, and has very good numbers in his stints starting as the No. 1 netminder. Already, Garon has posted 3 shutouts, 7 wins, and .925 save percentage.

Your star netminder Roberto Luongo is expected to be back in action again at home, while a few players might be missing from tonight's actions. Mikael Samuelsson is out, so is Christian Ehrhoff and Sami Salo.

For the Blue Jackets, Nikita Filatov is sent down to the minors and will not be in uniform tonight here in Vancouver.

Look for a low scoring game, as the Blue Jackets have played games where two teams scored a total of 5 goals or less combined five out of the last six games. Patience will be the key for the Canucks as they enter the first period of play tonight, as head coach Scott Arniel will be looking to shut it down, and take their chances on the Canuck defense making a bad mistake.

Fans going to tonight's game will see 3 jerseys up in the rafters. They belong to Stan Smyl No.12, Trevor Linden No.16 and Markus Naslund No.19. Congratulations to Nazzy for joining the classy group of players in Canucks history.

Enjoy the game guys and gals.


Joseph Trenton

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