David Booth makes his season debut for the Vancouver Canucks who turn to Cory Schneider in goal tonight (February 19) as they start a four-game road trip in the Windy City. The Canucks are looking to become the first team to beat the 12-0-3 Blackhawks in regulation time this season. Vancouver edged Chicago 2-1 in a shootout in their first meeting of the year on February 1 at Rogers Arena. Roberto Luongo picked up the win in goal that night, but will watch from the bench tonight at United Center.
With Boot, a 16-goal scorer last season, suiting up for the first time since suffering a groin injury in training camp, the Canucks are a completely healthy hockey team. Booth is expected to ease his way into the line-up in a fourth-line role with Max Lapierre and Dale Weise tonight.
Chicago will be without defenceman Brent Seabrook after the Tsawwassen native took a puck where no player wants to get hit on Sunday. Ray Emery is scheduled to get the start in goal with Corey Crawford recovering from a concussion.
Tonight marks the Canucks first visit to Chicago since last March when Daniel Sedin was knocked from the line-up with