VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – When the Vancouver Canucks sent Cody Hodgson to the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, hockey fans circled March 3rd on their calendar, as the two teams will square off tonight in Hodgson’s return.

The 22-year-old was dealt along with defenceman Alex Sulzer for bruising forward Zack Kassian and defenceman Marc-Andre Gragnani just before the NHL’s trade deadline.

After just two games with his new team, Hodgson will return to the only other NHL city he’s known.

The Canucks and Sabres will be meeting for the only time this season. In their one meeting last season, Tyler Myers scored the overtime winner in a 4-3 victory for the Sabres.

Scoring may be at a premium when the two teams face-off. Buffalo’s Ryan Miller is coming off back-to-back shutouts of the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks on Wednesday and Thursday night. He made 43 and 39 saves respectively. The Canucks also had a clean sheet in their last game, as Roberto Luongo turned aside 29 shots to blank the St. Louis Blues 2-0 on Thursday night.

The Canucks win over the Blues helped them maintain first place in not only the Western Conference, but the league as well. Vancouver (90) is one point ahead of the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers with St. Louis sitting three points back.

Cody Hodgson won’t be the only big name making his return to Vancouver. Defenceman Christian Ehrhoff will play his first game at Rogers Arena since signing as a free agent with Buffalo during the summer. Ehrhoff spent the previous two seasons with the Canucks, amassing 94 points in 159 games.

Game time between the Canucks and Sabres is 7 p.m.