Hot Canucks await hotter Sens

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:07 PM ET

The Ottawa Senators aren't getting any time to rest on their laurels.

After scoring their 10th straight victory over the Buffalo Sabres less than 24 hours ago, the team is right back on the ice tonight at Scotiabank against another of the NHL's hottest teams. Ottawa battles the Vancouver Canucks tonight (7:30 p.m. Sportsnet).

The Canucks had a seven-game win streak of their own snapped in Montreal on Tuesday. While the Senators were on the road Wednesday, the Canucks were in Ottawa where they held a practice and rested up, waiting for the Senators.

Ottawa coach Cory Clouston has opted not to make any changes to his lineup tonight. Goalie Brian Elliott, who will be going for a franchise-record ninth straight victory, will remain in the net after stopping 34 shots in the club’s dramatic 4-2 victory over the Sabres.

“He's played well. He’s played positionally solid,” said Clouston. “He’s just been comfortable. Confidence is a big part of that position. He's very, very confident.”

The Senators face the challenge of trying to beat goaltender Roberto Luongo along with shutting down the line of Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Alex Burrows.

“They have some real good lines you've got to be careful with and arguably the best goalie in the league,” said centre Jason Spezza. “It's a team we don’t know that well. It's a tough game because we don’t know what kind of style they play.”

There was some belief winger Jonathan Cheechoo, who was minus-2 against the Sabres and played only 7:18, might come out of the lineup, but Clouston isn’t making any changes.

That means defenceman Alex Picard and winger Shean Donovan are scratched.


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