Jackets face tough Canucks

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

Vancouver Canucks put their 6-0 home record on the line tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Faceoff is 7 p.m. (CKNW/Sportsnet).

Columbus, 4-10, is the league's lowest scoring team with just 25 goals after last night's match in Calgary against the Flames, which they lost 2-1. Veteran defenseman Bryan Berard is the leading point-getter with just three goals and seven assists. Budding superstar Rick Nash, who had 41 goals in 2003-2004, is back after suffering a high ankle sprain in the season opener.

North Vancouver's Gilbert Brule, the sixth overall draft pick, is still a month away from rejoining Columbus. He's recovering from a fractured sternum.

Goaltender Dan Cloutier continues to progress after suffering a concussion in Denver last Saturday. Alex Auld will start tonight. Goaltender Rob McVicar was returned to the Manitoba Moose along with forward Josh Green after Wednesday night's 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. Green was promoted to fill Matt Cooke's roster spot. Cooke is gone for at least a month with a broken jaw.

Canucks travel to Calgary to meet the Flames tomorrow and Monday.


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