Ballard isn't all better, yet. He is said to be playing, though.
Canucks partied hard in Montreal (who doesn't?), that won't happen in Ottawa. Hull, maybe.
Canucks have issues on every line, at the moment. They are playing through them. Montreal is well-coached and exploited these issues.
Nobody but Vignault would have been up for this game before Montreal amped everyone up. Canucks will be motivated.
Speculation: Schnieder starts. Alberts sits. Vignault juggles the lines all game.
Actually the third line is working very well. The 2nd line must gel as they do not find each other; the 4th is just 3 guys with no chemistry. The Sedins can score on their own with Burrows skating around contributing just a little to the line.
Actually the Canucks got some issues on the forward side. The D on the other side is very solid. I agree with the posters who say that special teams can decide this game, and if it do then it probably result in a Canuck victory.
If Ottawa plays disciplined then they got a good chance at winning this game.