Canucks look to down Capitals

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

Vancouver Canucks hope to christen the new scoreboard with a win against the Washington Capitals tonight at General Motors Place.

The Capitals have just three wins in eight games. Only two of the club's five losses were in regulation. The Canucks come home with a 6-5 record, including an overtime loss.

It'll be the local on-ice debut for Russian sensation Alex Ovechkin. Autograph seekers mobbed the rookie of the year winner when he made his first appearance at GM Place for last June's National Hockey League Entry Draft.

The former Dynamo Moscow star scored 52 times last season and added 54 assists. He has five markers and three helpers in eight games of his sophomore season.

Capitals' netminder Olaf Kolzig, 36, was the subject of trade rumours late last season, but nothing happened. Unless he's moved elsewhere, tonight could be the last visit by the Johannesburg, South Africa-born, German Olympian who played for the New Westminster Bruins.

Another Capital whose career is waning is 34-year-old Donald Brashear. The former Canuck tough-guy may be best known as the 2000 victim of a Marty McSorley stick-swinging incident at The Garage.

Faceoff is 7 p.m. (Team 1040/Sportsnet).


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