Last night, one of the Sportsnet guys noted the run-up to this Friday's Canucks-Senators match had a distinctly NFL flavour to it. Plenty of hype, analysis and anticipation over the course of a week layoff (Sens would have had the full week clear if not for the rescheduling of the Florida game from October).
It's definitely had the talk radio buzzing out here. This morning, I heard sound bites from the Canuck players ranging from "this is a major yard stick for us" to "hopefully we can learn something from them".
Cloutier and Havlat will still be out, while Redden may return.
Should be a solid tilt. And don't forget those Red Hot Flames on Saturday. Word is Sugar Ray Emery will get the start.