Canucks @ Leafs: To The Game You Stay A Slave

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Time Sat. 4:00 PM PST
TV CBC
Season Series (09/10) 2-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
5-3 Canucks  Jan. 30/10)
The Enemy Pension Plan Puppets, Down Goes Brown Scoring Leaders   Daniel Sedin: 10-8-18    C. MacArthur: 7-5-12
Canucks
Category Leafs
9-4-2 Season Record 5-7-3
3rd
Conference Position 11th
Won 1
Streak Lost 7
3-4-1
< Road Record / Home Record >
3-3-2
7-2-1
Last 10 1-7-2
+10 ^
Goals For / Against +/- -10
3.07 (8) ^
Goals Per Game 2.13 (29)
2.27 (6) ^
Least Goals Against Per Game 2.67 (13)
1.08 (13) ^
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.92 (19)
26.8 (2) v
Power Play %
11.1 (24)
85.4 (11) ^
Penalty Kill %
76.5 (26)
31.5 (12) v
Shots Per Game 27.7 (27)
30.6 (17) -
Least Shots Against Per Game 26.9 (1)
80.0 (9) ^
Winning % When Scoring First 66.7 (16)
87.5 (11) ^
Winning % When Leading After 1 60.0 (21)
20.0 (23) -
Winning % When Trailing After 1 11.1 (27)
85.7 (17) ^
Winning % When Leading After 2 80.0 (22)
0
Winning % When Trailing After 2 0
44.4 (16) -
Winning % When Outshooting
37.5 (20)
83.3 (3)
Winning % When Outshot
28.6 (29)
55.9 (2) -
Faceoffs % 52.7 (6)
14.1 (14) v
Least PIM's Per Game 12.4 (8)
(NHL.com)

Update: Alain Vigneault is expected to ice the same roster that beat Ottawa, including Luongo in goal. Kristen Reid suggests Cory Schneider will start in Buffalo. Peter Schaefer is taking his healthy scratch in stride.

Big stories preceding this game:

1. The Northwest Division is bunk. The Canucks are tops on the NW, with Colorado 3 points behind them and Minnesota 4 points behind. The Flames and Oilers..well... So complacency can set in at some point. Hopefully a game against the Leafs in TO is motivation in itself, which I am sure it will be. God, I wish these 2 teams played eachother more often.

2. I thought the Canucks would play a more physical game on the road but that has not been the case. It seems night

and day to me. I don't see Andrew Alberts killing anyone, and believe me, I wish he whacked Alexei Kovalev last game. The Leafs WILL play physical, so the Canucks will have to respond.

3. How long will the expensive Keith Ballard ride the pine? Jason Botchford thinks the man should play. Me?  I think the coach should go with what is working. Ballard makes $4 million? Oh well, the $$ comes out of the owners' pockets. It's all about winning. Has Aaron Rome or Alberts earned a benching in favor of Ballard? Alberts maybe, but not Rome. It's all about icing the best team. Yeah, well Ballard had not proved that he could do a better job out there than Alberts and Rome. And if we get a bit technical..maybe Christian Ehrhoff should sit. He has perhaps been the worst defenceman over the past 2 games.

Does Mario Bliznak earn another opportunity to be the 4th line center? I sure hope so. I had not seen that much jump from that line all season. To be honest, I still am not seeing the point of dressing Rick Rypien.

See the boldfaced stat for the Leafs above? Least shots allowed against per game this season. Too bad they cannot score goals. The Leafs will look to Nazem Kadri for help. In 14 games with the Marlies this season, Kadri has 5 goals and 9 assists. He may become a factor. Or a fail. Many look at the move as desperation..yeah well...NO SHIT. They've lost 7 in a row!

The Leafs had lost 5 of their previous 6 before Dion Phaneuf was injured. They have lost 4 in a row since. A grand total of 7 games lost consecutively, with 2 shootout losses in between.

VIDEO:

The last time these 2 teams played (atta boy Rayzor!):

And the time before that continue laughing):

I don't care what you say. Yeah we paid him a shitload...but this moment is MONEY:

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