Stars At Canucks Game Preview: All My Ex's Live In Texas

CANUCKS
STARS

AT

Time 5:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet P, CSN-NW
Season Series (09/10): 3-1 Canucks
Last Meeting
4-3 Canucks (Jan.21/10)
The Enemy Defending Big D Scoring Leaders H Sedin: 8-39-47 Richards: 17-25-42
Canucks
Category Stars
22-8-5 Season Record 22-12-4
2nd
Conference Position 3rd
Won 3
Streak Lost 1
9-5-3
< Road Record / Home Record >
12-5-3
8-0-2
Last 10 5-3-2
+31
Goals For / Against +/- +4
3.43 (2)
Goals Per Game 2.76 (14)
2.51 (7)
Goals Against Per Game 2.68 (12)
1.24 (6)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.13 (9)
24.1 (2)
Power Play %
16.4 (20)
85.3 (4)
Penalty Kill %
80.3 (20)
31.3 (13)
Shots Per Game 27.3 (28)
29.2 (10)
 Shots Against Per Game 31.5 (22) 
85.7 (4)
Winning % When Scoring First 89.5 (1)
93.8 (2)
Winning % When Leading After 1 92.9 (4) 
88.9 (15)
Winning % When Leading After 2 100
57.3 (1)
Faceoffs % 48.2 (24)
11.5 (8)
PIM's Per Game 14.7 (22) 
NHL.com

-This is the first of a 3 game road trip for the Canucks who will also play the Avalanche on Sunday and the Sharks on Monday to begin a crazy 5 games in 7 night schedule.

-The Canucks are 5-0-1 in their last 6 road games.

-The Stars have lost 3 of their last 4 games, but have won their last 4 at home.

-Will Mason Raymond make his return to the lineup? We'll know soon enough. Alain Vigneault will not say that Raymond's return makes it a guarantee that Jannik Hansen will be bumped to the 4th line. But really, Raymond is the better scoring forward.

-With Crosby's scoring streak (and the media's strokefest over it) all complete, Ryan Kesler now has the current longest point streak at 9 games (tonight's game is the 9th game). (Vancouver Sun)

-The Canucks are 7-3-2 against the Stars since their classic series with Dallas in 2007.

-Is it just me, or is there not a lot of talk about the Stars this year even considering their success? The Stars can claim second spot in the West from the Canucks with a win in regulation. Dallas has played 3 more games than the Canucks thus far.

-Check out Dallas' record when scoring first and leading after 2 periods above.

STARTING GOALIES


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Cory Schneider 9 469 5 0 20 2.56 228 208 .912 0


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Kari Lehtonen 28 1686 15 9 73 2.60 858 785 .915 0



WHO'S HOT/COLD

CANUCKS

Hot

-Henrik Sedin: 6 goals and 17 assists in his last 15 games played

-Daniel Sedin: 7 goals and 14 assists in his last 15.

-Ryan Kesler: 9 goals and 8 assists in his last 10.

-Jeff Tambellini: 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 6.

-Raffi Torres: 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 3.

-Christian Ehrhoff: 2 goals and 5 assists in his last 7.

Cold

None

STARS

Hot

-Brad Richards: 5 goals and 3 assists in his last 8.

-Loui Eriksson: 4 goals and 7 assists in his last 8.

-Jamie Benn: 2 goals and 5 assists in his last 6.

Cold

-James Neal: 1 assist in his last 9 games.

INJURIES

CANUCKS

-Mason Raymond (thumb, day-to-day)

STARS

-None

VIDEO

The last time these teams butted heads:

Canucks-Stars Game 7 in 2007, and you know what happened here!

Check out this Canucks-Stars Shootout from 4 years ago:

The Mother Of All Elbows: Bure vs Churla:

Funny: Gino Odjick talks about The Elbow.

The Canucks gave us fans an early Xmas gift with a 7-3 win over Columbus. Can they keep our spirits high for New Year's Eve? Here's hopin'!

Go Canucks!

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