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Awaiting reinforcements, Canucks host Oilers

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Edmonton (15-14-3) at Vancouver (19-13-3), 10:00 pm EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Coming off their

most-lopsided loss of the season, the Vancouver Canucks can take

solace in the fact that help is on the way.

The Canucks look to put an embarrassing 5-0 loss to the San Jose

Sharks behind them Friday when they host the Edmonton Oilers.

Tuesday's setback against the Sharks dropped Vancouver to 6-7-1

since star goaltender Roberto Luongo went down with a groin

injury. However, the team hopes to have its captain back soon.

Additionally, Vancouver made a splash earlier this week with the

signing of veteran center Mats Sundin. The 37-year-old former

Toronto Maple Leafs' captain is expected to join the club

Saturday and likely will be ready to play by early January.

In the meantime, the Canucks will have to lean heavily on

goaltender Curtis Sanford.

The 29-year-old was given the night off against the Sharks but,

after rookie netminder Cory Schneider allowed five goals on 15

shots, he made a relief appearance.

Sanford turned away all 16 shots faced Tuesday and has allowed

just 11 goals over his last five starts, but is 3-2-0 over that

span as the Canucks' offense searches for consistency.

The Oilers have not played since defeating the Phoenix Coyotes,

4-2, on Monday. Sheldon Souray, who is second on the club in

goals (nine) and points (23), scored the game-winner and snapped

a nine-game goal-scoring drought.

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