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Sunday, March 2nd (All times Eastern)

Ottawa Senators (26-23-11) at Vancouver Canucks (28-24-10), 4 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Ottawa Senators have had trouble beating the Vancouver Canucks for the past few seasons under normal circumstances.

On Sunday afternoon, the Sens look to snap a six-game series slide to the Canucks as the two teams participate in the 2014 Heritage Classic at BC Place and the final outdoor game of this regular season.

Both the Canucks and Senators are making their NHL outdoor debuts and are set to become the 17th and 18th clubs to play a regular-season game under the sky. They will do so at the home of the CFL's B.C. Lions, a venue that features the world's largest cable-supported retractable roof.

While the franchises are new comers to the spotlight of playing outdoors, both head coaches have taken part in prior events. Vancouver's John Tortorella was the bench boss of the New York Rangers in the 2012 Winter Classic, while Ottawa's Paul MacLean was an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings during the 2009 Winter Classic.

"I was fortunate enough to play in one in Philly and it's a neat process," said Tortorella. "I think it's fun for the guys. I think it's great for our game. I hope there are some good stories that come out of it."

This is the third installment of the Heritage Classic, which premiered back on Nov. 22, 2003 when the Montreal Canadiens bested the hosting Edmonton Oilers. That was also the NHL's first ever regular-season game outdoors.

The Heritage Classic returned in 2011, when the Calgary Flames topped the Canadiens.

The Canucks have won six straight and 12 of their last 14 meetings with the Senators, who they haven't lost to since Feb. 4, 2010 in Ottawa.

Vancouver has won five straight at home in this series as well since a setback on March 13, 2004.

The Canucks picked up a 5-2 victory in Ottawa on Nov. 28, a game highlighted by Daniel Sedin's 300th career goal. Sedin, David Booth, Jason Garrison and Mike Santorelli all had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, while Roberto Luongo made 37 saves.

Craig Anderson surrendered the first four Canucks goals on 15 shots before being replaced by Robin Lehner in the decisive stanza.

The Senators come in having lost two straight and four of their past six (2-3-1), including a 6-1 setback to the Red Wings on Thursday. Bobby Ryan had a goal in Ottawa's first game following the Olympic break, while Lehner yielded six goals on 15 shots before getting pulled in the second period.

"They got a few goals pretty fast and it snowballed," Lehner said. "I think we all have to do better in our zone and I have to do better."

Andrew Hammond made his NHL debut in relief and stopped all 11 shots he faced. He was recalled to serve as the backup with Anderson back at home in Florida to be with his wife for the birth of their second child, a boy born on Tuesday.

Hammond has since been returned to the minors and Anderson will start this game. However, he is just 3-11-1 with a 3.55 goals against average and .880 save percentage in his career versus the Canucks.

Ottawa opens a four-game road trip five points back of Detroit for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, while Vancouver is tied with Dallas and Winnipeg for the second bonus playoff berth in the West.

The Canucks snapped a seven-game slide with a win over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, then dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to the Minnesota Wild on Friday.

Eddie Lack turned aside the first six skaters he faced in the shootout before Minnesota's Justin Fontaine finally beat him in the seventh round for the lone tally of the tiebreaker.

Fontaine faked a shot and slid the puck through the five-hole of Lack. Booth had a chance to keep the Canucks in the game, but Darcy Kuemper stood tall and denied Booth's spin-o-rama attempt to seal the win.

Ryan Kesler scored in his return to the lineup after sitting out Wednesday's game against St. Louis with a hand injury, while Lack stopped 22 shots in defeat.

"I'm really happy with some of the structure I saw in this game," Tortorella said. "We have to keep on fighting."

Lack got a second straight start after shutting out St. Louis on Wednesday and while Tortorella would not name his starter for this game, reports on Saturday said Lack will get the call in net today over the veteran Luongo.

03/02 10:26:34 ET

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GT 80
NCSU 81
2nd
LOU 59
UNC 59
 
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CAR
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DUKE
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AUB 63
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CLEM 64
BC 49
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STJOE 75
DAVID 70
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NCSU 81
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PITT 76
ND 72
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STJ 75
PROV 66
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UNH 63
USB 48
 
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WVU 77
TTU 58
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TEMPL 55
TULA 37
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EMICH 69
WMICH 63
 
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IOWA 63
WISC 74
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SHU 90
XAV 82
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UF 57
ARK 56
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STET 75
LIP 73
 
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ILL 60
PSU 58
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TULSA 78
SFLA 71
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INDST 64
BRAD 58
 
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MAINE 59
GTDNS 77
 
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LEH 89
BU 86
 
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MARQ 68
BUT 72
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DEL 71
COC 68
 
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CREI 40
GEOR 67
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CLST 76
UWGB 62
 
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NEOM 65
MAST 75
 
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LOYC 45
ILLST 48
 
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KU 68
KYST 57
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JVU 50
KNST 51
 
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MSST 73
LSU 67
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SHU 71
MNTER 77
 
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VCU 55
RICH 64
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ISU 83
TCU 66
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BING 76
MLOWELL 69
 
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HART 46
VERM 65
 
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DEP 55
VILL 68
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WAKE 73
VT 70
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UGST 74
ARKST 43
 
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FAM 44
COOK 61
 
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NDAK 80
IDST 69
 
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ARMY 71
GHND 77
 
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BEL 71
TENT 53
 
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TXSA 57
UAB 65
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ILLCH 65
VALPO 70
 
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DRAK 70
EVAN 65
 
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IND 72
RUTG 64
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UMO 79
BST 73
 
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RMU 68
BRY 71
 
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WAGN 86
CCST 55
 
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GWEBB 66
CCAR 64
 
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MDES 63
COPST 55
 
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RFLSH 68
FD 63
 
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RIU 52
GWU 50
 
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SCAR 64
UGA 50
 
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Terriers 81
LIU 64
 
1st OT
PAC 71
LMU 74
 
2nd
STLU 56
UMASS 60
 
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HOW 59
MRGST 40
 
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DREX 81
UNCW 72
 
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LOU 59
UNC 59
 
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MIZZ 47
MISS 67
 
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ALCOR 49
SOUTH 48
 
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NIOWA 70
WICHS 54
 
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JMU 65
WMARY 84
 
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RAD 73
WINT 66
 
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EILL 57
SIUE 54
 
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UNCA 37
CAMP 31
 
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MORE 41
EKENT 37
 
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NICST 54
INCWORD 62
 
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CMICH 58
OHIO 50
 
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TEXAM 60
VANDY 52
 
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UWMIL 35
DET 33
 
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UNCG 34
WCU 39
 
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EWASH 44
IDAHO 50
 
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SDKST 21
DEN 14
 
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SHSU 18
HOUB 11
 
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MVSU 23
JST 20
 
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TXST 7
LALAF 7
 
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MARS 23
 
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SD 24
ORU 17
 
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LAMON 26
SALA 13
 
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NYI 1
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