|Time||6:00 PM PST
|Season Series||2-0 Canucks
||2-1 Canucks (Dec.12/10)|
|The Enemy||The Copper and Blue||Scoring Leaders||
: 18-25-43 Whitney: 1-25-26|
||< Road Record / Home Record >
||Goals For / Against +/-||+26
||Goals Per Game||3.36 (2)
||Goals Against Per Game||2.54 (7)
||5 On 5 GF/GA||1.16 (7)
||Power Play %
||Penalty Kill %
||Shots Per Game||30.7 (14)
||Shots Against Per Game||29.2 (12)
||Winning % When Scoring First||85.0 (4)
||Winning % When Leading After 1||93.3 (2)
||Winning % When Leading After 2||88.2 (15)
||Faceoffs %||57.2 (1)
||PIM's Per Game||11.4 (8)
Update: 10:37 AM: According to Kristin Reid on Twitter, the Canucks will ice the same line up that slaughtered Columbus, and that includes Cory Schneider. (h/t missy)
A scenario that I am curious about for this game is the Xmas break for these teams. How does it affect them? 10 pounds of turkey and who knows how much alcohol stuffed into their bellies and how do they come out to play on Boxing Day? I mean, how the hell are you going to feel in the morning/tomorrow? If you eat enough bean salad you can be on the crapper til at least noon. Did all the Swedes have a meatball-eating contest? We can assume that Hank ate exactly as much as Dank did. They roll like that. Did Luongo have a pasta party and then stay out late tracking down and killing Johnny "The Rat" Valachi?
It's got to be worse for the Oilers, right? They party with family and then have to make the flight over. Maybe Khabibulin will still be drunk. Maybe Linus will forget his blanket. Maybe Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle will get separation anxiety from their mothers' breast milk. I have no idea. It could be a sloppy one though.
IN GOAL (Presumably)
|2010 - Cory Schneider||8||409||4||0||18||2.64||207||189||.913||0|
|2010 - Nikolai Khabibulin||22||1254||8||12||71||3.40||704||633||.899||2|
-Mason Raymond is still projected to miss 2 weeks with a broken thumb.
-Shawn Horcoff (knee)
-Ales Hemsky (groin) Big effing surprise!
-Jim Vandermeer (ankle)
-Gilbert Brule (ill)
-Daniel Sedin: 6 goals and 13 assists in his last 13 games.
-Henrik Sedin: 6 goals and 13 assists in his last 13 games. Is there an echo in here?
-Ryan Kesler: 7 goals and 6 assists in his last 8.
-Christian Ehrhoff: 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 5. 15 shots too, and about 100 giveaways.
-Mikael Samuelsson: 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 3 games.
-Raffi Torres: 2 goals in his last game played. He's playing a former team again..watch out!
-Jeff Tambellini: 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 4.
-Manny Malhotra: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 10 games.
-Taylor Hall: 5 goals and 4 assists in his last 9 games.
-Sam Gagner: 1 goal and 4 assists in his last 4 games.
-Ryan Whitney: 1 goal and 4 assists in his last 4. This guy...well leads the team in scoring for 1. He relishes being the go-to guy. He's getting a shitload of minutes now that Visnovski and Souray are gonzo.
-Andrew Cogliano: 1 assist in his last 10 games.
-Dustin Penner: 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 9.
-The Oilers are 1-1-1 in their last 3. They beat Columbus then lost 2 nail-biters in a row to San Jose and Los Angeles. They are not to be underestimated.
-Did you know Kevin Bieksa's father and brother got into a car accident on the way to Ohio? T-boned. Maybe that's why they looked so cranky. Or maybe that's a Bieksa thing. The STARE runs in the family.
-When the Sedins do well in Vancouver do they notice in Sweden? Damned straight.
-Nikolai Khabibulin is feeling energized playing with all the kids. I think Michael Jackson had the same problem. Too soon?
-The Oilers play the Canucks hard. They hate us. Both losses to the Canucks this season were only by a goal. Speaking of those 2 games, here are the highlights of both:
December 12: 2-1 Canucks
November 2: Canucks win 4-3