Canucks come home

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

Vancouver Canucks return home tonight and play eight of their next nine games at General Motors Place.

They're hoping to do better than the previous nine games in which they went 4-5 and suffered two 6-0 losses. Canucks couldn't ask for a better opponent as they try to win again after losing a pair on the road by a combined 10-1 margin.

Columbus Blue Jackets visit at 7 p.m. (Team 1040/Sportsnet), hoping to improve upon their 6-16 record that includes an overtime loss and shootout loss.

The West's last-place Blue Jackets gave new head coach Ken Hitchcock his first win Saturday, 5-3 against the Minnesota Wild. He was hired to replace the fired Gerard Gallant last Wednesday.

Ex-Canuck Anson Carter had a goal and two assists this season against the Wild. He entered Saturday's game with two goals and two assists after leading Vancouver with 33 goals last season on a line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin. General manager Dave Nonis said he couldn't afford to re-sign the twins' free agent "brother from another mother," so he landed in Columbus with ex-Vancouver Giant Gilbert Brule.

North Vancouver's Brule, Columbus' first- round pick in 2005, led the Giants to their first Western Hockey League championship last spring after returning from an injury-riddled start with the Blue Jackets. He has one goal and two assists in 18 games.


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