Canucks At Blues Game Preview: Altar Of Sacrifice, Curse of the Damned

CANUCKS
BLUES

AT

Time 5:00 PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series 1-0 Blues
Last Meeting
3-2 Blues (Dec.05/10)
The Enemy St. Louis Game Time Scoring Leaders D Sedin: 16-22-38 Backes: 7-17-24
Canucks
Category Blues
18-8-4 Season Record 15-11-5
3rd
Conference Position 11th
Won 3
Streak Lost 1
7-5-2
< Road Record / Home Record >
10-3-2
8-1-1
Last 10 3-5-2
+21
Goals For / Against +/- -7
3.23 (4)
Goals Per Game 2.52 (22)
2.50 (7)
Goals Against Per Game 2.74 (14)
1.13 (8)
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.87 (22)
23.8 (2)
Power Play %
16.9 (19)
85.0 (5)
Penalty Kill %
81.3 (18)
30.5 (16)
Shots Per Game 30.7 (15)
29.2 (13)
 Shots Against Per Game 27.4 (2) 
83.3 (4)
Winning % When Scoring First 64.7 (22)
92.9 (2)
Winning % When Leading After 1 66.7 (21) 
92.9 (9)
Winning % When Leading After 2 72.7 (28) 
57.4 (1)
Faceoffs % 48.0 (26)
11.9 (11)
PIM's Per Game 18.0 (30) 
NHL.com

MORE TEAM STATS / NEWS

-UPDATE: The Blues are expected to get Roman Polak and Alex Pietrangelo back into their lineup tonight, meaning they have all their desired D-men playing for the first time since October 23. (NHL.com)

-The Canucks' only regulation loss in their last 10 games came at the hands of: The St. Louis Blues.

The Canucks' 5 on 5 play is on the rise while their power play finally dropped to 2nd overall in the West, as Chicago took top spot last night. It's funny how things can change so quickly. It wasn't all that long ago that the 5 on 5 was under scrutiny while the power play was flying high. Alas, the team has won 7 of it's last 9 so the goals have to be coming from somewhere. Vancouver's  PK on the rise as well, now at an 85% kill rate. Not quite as good as OJ Simpson, but getting there. They have outscored opposing teams 9-4 in their last 3 wins. The defence is there, the offence is putting out and Luongo is looking more like the Luongo we want to see.

The Canucks lost their first place seed in the NW to the Avalanche on Sunday night, as Colorado beat the Habs. Go away, Avs! They have still played 3 more games than Van though.

-Since the Blues beat the Canucks 3-2 on December 5, they have a record of 2-2-1, being outscored 16-14 in the process. They beat the Blue Jackets and Kings and lost to the Red Wings, Hurricanes and the Sharks (Saturday night). As you can see from the Blues' stats above, they play a very gritty (most PIM's) and stingy defensive game. They don't score a lot of goals. You know the effort will be there because not only do they not like us, they are only 2 points

out of a playoff spot.

 

STARTING GOALTENDERS


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 25 1463 15 8 60 2.46 697 637 .914 2


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Jaroslav Halak 25 1488 12 9 59 2.38 674 615 .912 3

-Jaroslav Halak has given up four goals in each of his past two starts after allowing 17 in his previous nine. (CBS Sports)

-Halak, though, is 3-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA in his career against the Canucks, while Luongo is 2-3-0 with a 3.01 GAA in the last six appearances versus the Blues. (CBS Sports)

-Cory Schneider is ready...and we will be seeing a lot more of him in the coming days/weeks as the schedule turns hectic real quick.


HOT / COLD (CANUCKS)

Hot

-Ryan Kesler: 5 goals and 3 assists in his last 5 games.

-Daniel Sedin: 4 goals and 10 assists in his last 10

-Henrik Sedin: 4 goals and 9 assists in his last 10

Cold

-ADDED (H/T Beantown Canuck): Raffi Torres has 1 goal, 1 assist, 25 shots and is a -6 in his last 17 games played.

Mikael Samuelsson: 0 goals and 3 assists in his last 7 games.

-Tanner Glass: 0 points in his last 6 games.

-Manny Malhotra: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 7 games.

HOT/COLD (BLUES)

Hot

-Alex Steen (the guy that killed us last game): 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 6 games played

-David Backes: 3 goals and 4 assists in his last 5.

-Carlo Colaiacovo: 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 3.

Cold

-Brad Boyes: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 11 games.

-The majority of the Blues team, actually.

INJURY ALERT!

-Andy McDonald: still is not playing for the Blues after taking a knee to the head in the Oilers game weeks ago.

-Many Blues on the IR: David Perron (Concussion- killed by Joe Thornton), Paul Kariya (concussion), TJ Oshie (ankle), Alex Pietrangelo (upper body), and Dave Scatchard (lower body).

-The Canucks will still be without Mason Raymond (broken thumb).

VIDEO

The Last Meeting:

Rypien vs Janssen. (Classic stuff):

Some highlights from the Canucks-Blues 2003 Round 1 Playoffs Series:

SLAYER- Altar Of Sacrifice!

ENJOY THE GAME! GO CANUCKS!

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