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Saturday, November 30th (All times Eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (13-9-5) at New York Rangers (13-13-0), 2 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - A highly anticipated battle between teams that swapped head coaches during the offseason is on tap Saturday, as John Tortorella and the Vancouver Canucks visit Alain Vigneault's New York Rangers for a clash at Madison Square Garden.

One of the most intriguing storylines of the offseason began with Tortorella and Vigneault being fired last May by the Rangers and Canucks, respectively. Before the end of June both coaches landed on their feet by taking each other's former job, with Vigneault landing in the Big Apple and Tortorella moving from the East Coast to the West to lead the Canucks.

Tortorella is the one making a homecoming on Saturday, as he returns to New York for the first time since being fired. He led the Rangers to the playoffs in four of five seasons, but was only able to get the club past the second round once, when the Blueshirts lost to New Jersey in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals.

"Quite honestly, we've beaten this thing up. We're going there (and) it's another game on the schedule. It's a very important game for us to try and gain some traction," said Tortorella.

"We're going in there to coach, be with the team, try to win a hockey team and get the hell out of there."

Vigneault, who will have to wait until April 1 for his return to Vancouver, led the Canucks to 30-or-more wins in six straight seasons before the lockout- shortened campaign helped ended that streak. He also got Vancouver to within one win of the franchise's first Stanley Cup title in the spring of 2011, only to lose a home Game 7 to the Bruins.

Vigneault was fired after the Canucks lost for the second straight time in the opening round during last spring's playoffs.

Under Tortorella this season, the Canucks are off to a 13-9-5 start, while the Rangers are 13-13-0 with Vigneault behind the bench.

The Canucks enter today's tilt in New York coming off a win, but Thursday's 5-2 rout in Ottawa was just the second victory in nine outings for Tortorella's club.

Daniel Sedin's 300th career NHL goal highlighted a second-period barrage on Thursday. The Canucks had found scoring to be a difficult task of late, but they pumped home four in the second against the Senators, including three in a 3:35 span.

Sedin, David Booth, Jason Garrison and Mike Santorelli each had a goal and one assist for Vancouver, which had totaled two goals or less in seven of its previous eight games. Not surprisingly, the Canucks posted only one win during that stretch.

"We wanted to create more offense and we did," Garrison said. "It was nice to get one. We responded in the second after a poor start."

Roberto Luongo made 37 saves in Vancouver's sixth straight win over the Senators. Luongo is 7-11-1 with a tie and a 2.73 goals against average in 21 career outings against the Rangers.

New York has taken the last two encounters in this series, but the Blueshirts and Canucks haven't faced each other since Oct. 18, 2011, when Tortorella led the Rangers to a 4-0 victory in Vancouver.

Despite losing the two most recent matchups, however, the Canucks have still claimed nine of the past 12 meetings in this series. Vancouver also has won four of six and six of the last nine encounters in NYC.

Vigneault and the Rangers will try to rebound from their second loss in three games when they take the ice today. The Blueshirts visited Boston on Friday afternoon and were handed a 3-2 regulation loss despite carrying a 2-1 edge into the third period.

Boston's Patrice Bergeron tied the game at 2-2 when he scored just 1:35 into the third period and Zdeno Chara provided the winning tally for the hosts with 8:55 remaining in regulation.

Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash scored for the Rangers, who had won three of four heading into Friday. Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 25 shots in defeat.

"We got exactly what we deserved today because we gave a "B" effort," said Vigneault.

Beginning with Saturday's test, the Rangers are playing two straight and 11 of their next 12 games on home ice. New York is 4-5-0 as the host this season and 9-8-0 on the road.

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Local
4th
BRK 85
CHA 110
 
2nd
DUKE 81
WAKE 42
 
Final
LOS 4
CWS 6
 
Final
CLE 4
CIN 2
 
Final
TEX 2
KAN 13
 
Final
SFG 2
OAK 9
 
Final
SEA 4
SDP 3
 
Final
MIL 8
WMIL 0
 
Final
COL 3
ARI 6
 
Final
MIN 3
UMIN 1
 
Final
IND 105
NYK 82
 
Final
ORL 100
PHO 105
 
4th
BRK 85
CHA 110
 
4th
TOR 106
CLE 111
 
4th
BOS 83
UTA 82
 
3rd
MIN 65
DEN 77
 
3rd
NOP 58
DET 59
 
3rd
MIA 65
LAL 59
 
4th
HOU 79
MEM 81
 
3rd
OKC 70
PHI 84
 
Half
SAN 54
SAC 38
 
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GSW
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LAC
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Final
UNCA 80
LIB 70
 
Final
PSU 67
OSU 77
 
Final
USB 62
BING 57
 
Final
FORD 66
DUQ 81
 
Final
GMAS 51
GWU 67
 
Final
UNH 54
HART 52
 
Final
STJOE 55
LAS 50
 
Final
Terriers 79
LIU 70
 
Final
GTDNS 83
MAINE 66
 
Final
LOU 59
ND 71
 
Final
SHU 66
PROV 79
 
Final
BRY 91
SHU 85
 
Final
MORE 79
SEMIZ 74
 
Final
MNTER 58
RFLSH 73
 
Final
LSU 63
TENN 78
 
Final
SFLA 74
UCF 45
 
Final
VERM 66
UMBC 39
 
Final
RMU 91
WAGN 68
 
Final
UMASS 53
RICH 56
 
2nd
TULA 50
HOU 48
 
2nd
YALE 71
HOW 57
 
2nd
PITT 53
MIAMI 57
 
2nd
TXPA 46
NMST 57
 
2nd
MSU 47
PURD 37
 
2nd
STLU 44
BONA 57
 
2nd
DUKE 81
WAKE 42
 
1st
TULSA 13
CIN 25
 
1st
VANDY 32
MSST 34
 
1st
OKST 30
TCU 28
 
1st
UCLA 38
USC 23
 
1st
WYO 32
UTST 26
 
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MARQ 18
STJ 16
 
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EILL 10
SIUE 10
 
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UNLV
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HAW
UCSB
 
3rd
WIN 0
OTT 3
 
2nd Intermission
DET 1
NYR 1
 
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PIT