Roberto Luongo will start in goal and winger Chris Higgins hopes to play when the Vancouver Canucks meet the Ottawa Senators in the nation's capital on Saturday night.

Higgins, who has missed the last two games with a mysterious foot infection, practised this afternoon at the Ottawa Civic Center and will test his foot again at Saturday morning's game-day skate before deciding if he can play.

"It was a good first step, we'll see how it feels tomorrow," Higgins said. "That's really all I can say about it right now. It felt pretty good to get back on the ice, though, after a couple of days and it felt better than I thought it would feel.

"It's the first time I have put my foot in a boot so I don't really know how it will feel the next couple of hours."

After scoring a goal and adding two assists in Sunday night's 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames, Higgins awoke Monday morning to a badly swollen foot.

He had exactly the same thing happen to the same foot last year when he was a member of the Florida Panthers. It is a suspected staph infection and this one seems to be clearing up much faster than the one he battled last season when he missed six games.