Renewed Jackets Will Be Tough Test For Canucks

Canucks (36-21-2)
Blue Jackets (25-27-9)

AT

Time 4:00 PM PST
TV Canucks PPV
Season Series 1 - 1
Last Meeting 7-3 Canucks (01-05-10)
The Enemy The Cannon Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 25-54-79     Nash: 26-29-55
Canucks Category Blue Jackets
3rd Conference Position 14th
7-3-0
Last 10 6-4-0
3.14 (3rd)
Goals Per Game 2.57 (20th)
2.39 (4th)
Goals Against Per Game 3.05 (26th)
1.34 (2nd) 5 On 5 GF/GA .73 (30th)
21.4% (5th) Power Play 20% (6th)
81.7% (15th) Penalty Kill 82.5% (13th)
30.4 (13th) Shots Per Game 29.1 (20th)
28.8 (7th) Least Shots Against Per Game 29.9 (14th)
78.6% (4th) Winning % When Scoring First 55.2% (26th)
85.7% (5th) Winning % When Leading After 1 50% (30th)
45.2% (5th)
Winning % When Trailing After 1 28.1% (20th)
96% (4th) Winning % When Leading After 2 73.1% (27th)
28.6% (2nd) Winning % When Trailing After2 8% (23rd)
51.2% (9th) Faceoffs % 51.5% (6th)
15.6 (27th) Least PIM's Per Game 13 (18th)
+34 (4th) + / - GF/GA -32 (29th)

I'm still trying to get over the insanity that was the Canucks-Panthers game: the mass of penalties, the clanking of the goal posts, the wide-open hockey, the lousy Canucks power play, the inconsistent Canucks defence... So you might say that they won 3-0, what the hell am I talking about? I'm talking about the odd-man rushes against 5-on-5 and on the power play. Where did that stingy defence go? More after the jump...

Good teams get lucky. They get the bounces. Fine, but don't push your luck, Vancouver. This is a renewed Blue Jackets team coming at you.

After going 6-5-1 on October, 7-4-3 in November, 2-9-5 in December and 7-8-0 in January, Columbus was a team lacking in any form of good type of identity. They were a model of inconsistency. They started February off with a 5-1 loss to the Avalanche and Ken Hitchcock was fired soon after. Michael MacLean from The Canon said this:

It all boils down to the fact that the team is too young and immature to practice what a demanding coach like Hitch preaches. The leadership was lacking in the locker room, and because of that the players were not playing the style he laid out for them.

Assistant coach Claude Noel replaced Hitch as head coach (the Jackets' 6th coach in 9 years). Since then, the Jackets have won 3 straight games over Dallas, San Jose and Buffalo respectively, outscoring the opposition 9-1 in the process. Nine to f****king one! Now you can see why I am concerned about the way the Canucks (most of them) played against the Panthers. Columbus may be in 14th spot in the West, but are only 8 points away from a playoff spot. I don't think they are cashing it in yet.

Let's see who's cookin' in their 3-game winning streak:

-Jakub Voracek had 1 goal and 3 assists

-Rick Nash and Anton Stralman had 2 goals and 1 assist each

-Antoine Vermette and RJ Umberger had a goal and an assist each.

-Derek Brassard and Kristian Huselius had 2 assists each.

The teams have each beaten each other once this season. Who's done the damage in those games?

JACKET-BURNERS:

-Alexandre Burrows had 3 goals and 1 assist (a hat trick the last time they played)

-Henrik Sedin had 2 goals and 2 assists

-Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler each had 3 assists

-Mikael Samuelsson and Sami Salo each had a goal and an assist

CANUCK-KILLERS:

-Rick Nash had 5 assists

-Kristian Huselius had 2 goals and 2 assists

-Kris Russell and Antoine Vermette each had a goal and 2 assists

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-Andrew Raycroft vs Steve Mason. Yeah...tighten up the D, Vancouver. No offense, Rayzor. Are we going to see another goal-fest between these 2 teams? That's how the previous 2 meetings have been.


Andrew Raycroft

#30 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-0

185

May 04, 1980

Record: 5-4-0

GAA: 2.17

Save %: .912




Steve Mason

#1 / Goalie / Columbus Blue Jackets

6-4

212

May 29, 1988

Record: 16-18-6

GAA: 3.06

Save %: .898

 

His Last 3 Games Started:

3-0-0

GAA: 0.33

Save %: .986



-If I'm not mistaken the Canucks are 5-3 in the 2nd game on back-to-back games this season.

-Pavol Demitra returns to the lineup tonight.

-With Ryan Johnson being a healthy scratch again last night did you see who was doing the majority of the shot blocking on the PK? Ryan Kesler. That is not a good trade-off, AV.

This won't be easy. Go Canucks! Get that road record back to 500!

Some clips for your amusement:

1. Highlights of the Canucks' 7-3 win over Columbus in January. Burrows=money=Bank

 

2. Canucks lose to Jackets in December 2006. Hey is that Anson Carter?

 

3. Mats Sun..I mean Mike Brown fights Jared Boll in December 2008. Down goes Brown.

4. Hey, you know I had to throw this one in:

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