VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – There’s plenty of action for the local sports fan this weekend.


The Canucks get very little time to enjoy their streak-busting victory in Detroit last night, as they move the road trip to Newark, New Jersey for a visit to the Devils tonight.

The Devils are also on a winning roll, 9-1-1 in their last 11 games to climb into fourth place in the Eastern Conference and New Jersey is also coming off a fourth straight win, edging the Maple Leafs 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday.

New Jersey has begun to score in big numbers, scoring 39 goals in the last 11 games including 14 during its current four-game winning streak. Russian star Ilya Kovalchuk leads the way with six goals and 13 assists in the past 11 games.

The Canucks, with the short turnaround after last night’s shootout victory over Detroit, did not take a game-day skate but it is expected that Cory Schneider will get tonight’s start in goal for the Canucks.  Canucks winger Byron Bitz has missed back-to-back games due to a sore hip and defenseman Keith Ballard is still out with a neck injury.

This is the only meeting of the season between the two teams. The Canucks beat the Devils 3-0 in Vancouver in last season’s only matchup. Game time is 4 p.m.


The Vancouver Giants host the Kamloops Blazers tonight in the first of back to back games with the WHL Western Conference leaders which will wrap up tomorrow in the interior. The Giants have been off since losing 3-1 to the visiting Red Deer Rebels last Sunday for their second loss in a row.

With 11 games remaining the Giants currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference, three points up on Spokane. Four of the Giants’ remaining 11 games are against Kamloops.

The Giants will welcome back three players to the lineup. Marek Tvrdon returns after serving his three-game suspension for a spearing match penalty while Anthony Ast is back from a four-game suspension for a charging major, and Dalton Sward is expected to return after missing 18 games with an upper body injury.

The Blazers doubled the visiting Victoria Royals 6-3 Wednesday night to end a two-game losing skid.  Faceoff is 7:30 p.m.


It’s a road game for the Abbotsford Heat tonight at the Milwaukee Admirals. The Heat will look to extend its point streak to four games tonight as they close out their four-game season-series with the Nashville Predators farm team.  

The Heat follow tonight’s game with their final visit to Chicago to play the Vancouver Canucks’ farm team tomorrow, before a second game with the Peoria Rivermen on Sunday.

Tonight’s faceoff in Milwaukee is 5 p.m. The game can be heard on Abbotsford’s Country 107.1


The busy Friday night in the BC Hockey League includes two games on the Lower Mainland. The Coastal Conference-leading Surrey Eagles are home to Nanaimo at 7 p.m. while Coquitlam is home to Alberni Valley.

Faceoff is also at 7 p.m.