Canucks At Rangers Game Preview: Hate Runs Deep

CANUCKS
RANGERS

AT

Time Thurs. 4:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series (09/10): 1-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
4-1 Canucks (Nov.03/09)
The Enemy Blueshirt Banter Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 25-30-55 Dubinsky: 17-20-37
Canucks
Category Rangers
28-8-6 Season Record 25-16-3
1st
Conference Position 7th
Won 1
Streak Lost 1
13-5-3
< Road Record / Home Record >
10-9-2
9-0-1
Last 10 5-3-2
+43
Goals For / Against +/- +18
3.40 (2)
Goals Per Game 2.82 (12)
2.36 (4)
Goals Against Per Game 2.46 (6)
1.34 (3)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.10 (12)
24.7 (1)
Power Play %
15.9 (22)
85.1 (5)
Penalty Kill %
83.6 (10)
31.7 (13)
Shots Per Game 28.4 (26)
30.4 (17)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.2 (16) 
85.7 (2)
Winning % When Scoring First 70.8 (16)
95.2 (1)
Winning % When Leading After 1 76.9 (13) 
87.5 (16)
Winning % When Leading After 2 100 (1) 
56.4 (1)
Faceoffs % 45.5 (28)
11.8 (12)
PIM's Per Game 14.3 (24) 
NHL.com

UPDATE: Via Kristin Reid: Aaron Rome IN Andrew Alberts out.

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No, I'm not going to talk about 1994 or the Messier signing. But history has a way of making hate run deep. Canucks fans hate the Rangers, and for good reason. It makes these rare regular season meetings special and fun.

-Since December of 2005, the Canucks have only played the Rangers 4 times, winning all 4 of them! 4-1, 6-3, 3-0, and 3-2 scores going back in time. The math says we have outscored them 16-6. Isn't that facking lovely?

-The Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 at Madison Square Garden.

-The Canucks have won 5 straight road games.

-The Rangers have won 3 of their last 4 games and are 3-2 in their last 5 at home.

Much more after the jump..

QUICK NOTES

-Raffi Torres will play against the Rangers. He missed a practice because he was sick but no matter.

-Watch for Sean Avery trying to get under the Canucks' skin. Brandon Prust is a former Flame. He's going to be a pest too.

-The Canucks can pull ahead of the Avalanche by 14 points tonight. 14 POINTS

 

LINKS

-How Wojtek Wolski will fit into the Rangers' system (Blueshirt Banter)

-What the Rozsival trade means for the Rangers' cap (Blueshirt Banter)

-John Tortorella doesn't believe in measuring sticks. Rangers focused for Canucks challenge. (Rangers Home Site)

-The Sedin Newlywed Game.

-Tanner Glass, you f**king rule. (The Province)

-Tanner Glass honed his skills by fighting bears! Nice work, Pass It To Bulis!

-Quoted: "Louie just screams at me if I try it. Kind of makes a goalie mad."- Mason Raymond referring to doing the spin-o-rama against Luongo in practice. (The Province)

-Canucks in New York Day 3. A Jeff Vinnick masterful collection. (Canucks.com)

-Kristen Reid suggested that, judging from practice on Wednesday, Steve Jeff Tambellini will center Tanner Glass and Aaron Volpatti on the 4th line. So you know who's getting promoted and demoted? Yes you do. (Reid Report)

 

PROJECTED STARTING GOALIES


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Cory Schneider 12 648 8 0 25 2.31 332 307 .925 0

Cory Schneider puts his 'undefeated in regulation' streak on the line.


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Henrik Lundqvist 34 1992 18 13 77 2.32 1017 940 .924 5



WHO'S HOT/COLD

CANUCKS

Hot

-Henrik Sedin: 3 goals and 15 assists in his last 11 games played

-Daniel Sedin: 9 goals and 8 assists in his last 11.

-Ryan Kesler: 9 goals and 9 assists in his last 12.

-Alexandre Burrows: 2 goals and 4 assists in his last 5 games.

Cold

-Mikael Samuelsson: 1 assist in his last 8 games.

-Manny Malhotra: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 15 games.

-Jeff Tambellini: 0 points in his last 7 games. DE....MOTED

 

RANGERS

Hot

-Brandon Dubinsky: 1 goal and 4 assists in his last 4 games.

Cold

-Marian Gaborik: 1 assist in his last 5 games.

-Wojtek Wolski: 0 points in his last 8

-Brian Boyle: 0 points in 6 games.

-Chris Drury: 0 points in 7 games

-Ruslan Fedotenko: 1 goal in his last 6 games.

 

INJURIES

CANUCKS

-Rick Rypien (personal-out indefinitely)

-Sami Salo (achilles tear, week-to-week). He is traveling with the team on this road trip.

RANGERS

-Derek Boogaard

-Ryan Callahan (hand)

-Erik Christensen (knee)

-Alexander Frolov (MCL, done for the season)

-Vaclav Prospal (knee, won't play this season)

VIDEO

Mats Zuccarello's first NHL goal couldn't come at a better time for the Rangers:

The last time the 2 teams met:

Canucks-Rangers Game 6 1994 Game Highlights:

Trevor Linden Goal 1 Game 7 1994 Finals:

God damn, this PP goal by Linden in that same game was a sick display of passing:

Go Canucks! Bury these bastards!

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