Canucks @ Avalanche Game Preview: Shouting Gun, On They Run Through The Endless Grey

 CANUCKS
AVALANCHE

AT

Time Thurs, 6:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Vancouver
Season Series 1-0-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
4-3 Canucks Oct.26/10)
The Enemy Mile High Hockey, JibbleScribbits Scoring Leaders   Daniel Sedin: 8-5-13   Chris Stewart: 9-7-16
Canucks
Category Avalanche
6-3-2 Season Record 6-4-1
3rd ^
Conference Position 8th
Won 4
Streak Won 2
1-3-1
< Road Record / Home Record >
2-2-0
6-3-1
Last 10 5-4-1
2.82 (15th) ^
Goals Per Game 3.46 (1st)
2.27 (5) v
Least Goals Against Per Game 3.54 (29)
1.00 (19) v
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.56 (4) 
23.8 (5) ^
Power Play %
20.4 (9)
85.7 (11) ^
Penalty Kill %
73.9 (28)
30.5 (18) v
Shots Per Game 32.8 (6)
30.3 (17) ^
Least Shots Against Per Game 32.0 (22)
71.4 (15) ^
Winning % When Scoring First 60.0 (24)
83.3 (15) -
Winning % When Leading After 1 100 (1)
25.0 (16) ^
Winning % When Trailing After 1 50.0 (5)
80.0
Winning % When Leading After 2 100
0
Winning % When Trailing After 2 33.3
56.6 (1) -
Faceoffs % 47.9 (24)
14.0 (17) ^
Least PIM's Per Game 16.3 (23)
+2
+ / - GF/GA (see here)
+2
(NHL.com)

The Canucks' win over the Avalanche on October 26 was both satisfying and disturbing. Satisfying in the sense that Mason Raymond knocked the puck off Jonas Horos' stick and it went into the net for the OT win, but disturbing in that the Avalanche were buzzing around the Canucks most of the night. They outshot Vancouver 31-13 in the 2nd and 3rd periods, including 39-31 overall. Roberto Luongo joked after the game that he was disappointed that it was ended in OT as he was looking forward to going to a shootout. Luongo made several huge saves in that one. However he will get the night off as Cory

Schneider starts against the Avs. Colorado's young and speedy team puts a lot of shots on net (6th overall) and score a lot of goals (tops in the NHL). They have to score a lot of goals because they are 29th in the NHL in goals against. Either way, Schneider is in for a busy night.

Colorado has not played since Saturday, a 5-1 win over the Blue Jackets. Peter Budaj, who is the go-to guy with Craig Anderson still on the IR (knee), had his best outing of the season in that one. The Canucks, who played 2 nights ago in Edmonton have to keep their game simple and not try to run and gun with these guys. The Avs are well-rested and dangerous offensively.

  • This is the Avalanche's 2nd game of a 5 game home stand.
  • Chris Stewart, who was the NHL's 3rd star for the month of October, has scored 9 goals and 16 points in 11 games this season. He only had 1 assist against the Canucks last meeting.
  • To put the Av's firepower into perspective, 4 of their players have at least a point per game so far: Stewart, Paul Stastny, Milan Hejduk and John-Michael Liles. Matt Duchene has 2 goals and 9 points. 
  • Injured Avs: Anderson, D Kyle Cumiskey (concussion), D Adam Foote (head), LW David Koci (jaw) and RW Peter Mueller (concussion).
  • This is the final game Rick Rypien will serve of his suspension.
  • Alain Vigneault praises Jannik Hansen: "Since the beginning of the year, the little things that we wanted him to do, like hound the puck and finish his checks, make the right plays on the penalty kill — he’s doing that for us." (Vancouver Sun) Hansen leads the team in +/- with a +6.
  • How well do Canucks players know Peter Schaefer? Well according to King of The Rink, not very well. 
  • Video:

Highlights of the 4-3 win on October 26

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