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Ottawa Comes a Callin': Senators @ Canucks

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Grab your favourite top shelf rye, settle in to a plush, black, leather chair and fully embrace your lifetime appointment to the esteemed order of Canuck fandom. It's the next best thing to a Canadian Senate seat!

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While we all wait with bated breath for Dan Hamhuis' NTC decision, and speculate about a new landing spot for Radim Vrbata, there is actual hockey to watch tonight.

Fresh off a nice, long rest, and after an all-too-rare win, Vancouver welcomes the Ottawa Senators to town. The Senators are four points behind Pittsburgh for the final Wild-Card berth in the East, and they have two games in hand. They're 6-4-0 over their last 10. Vancouver, meanwhile, must go 20-2-1 the rest of the way to make the playoffs.

Vancouver also welcomes Markus Granlund to the line up. Hopefully his debut, centering the 3rd line, is less amusing than his trade thread.

The sadness meter, as of today:

Expected Lineups

Vancouver

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Jannik Hansen

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Jake Virtanen

Emerson Etem - Markus Granlund -- Linden Vey

Alexander Burrows -- Jared McCann -- Derek Dorsett

Ben Hutton -- Christopher Tanev

Luca Sbisa -- Alex Biega

Dan Hamhuis -- Matt Bartkowski

Ryan Miller

Ottawa

Mike Hoffman -- Kyle Turris -- Mark Stone

Ryan Dzingel -- Mika Zibanejad -- Bobby Ryan

Zack Smith -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Alex Chiasson

Nick Paul -- Curtis Lazar -- Chris Neil

Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki -- Chris Wideman

Craig Anderson

Enjoy the game, everyone!