Canucks At Avalanche Game Preview: Goal Well Drying Up?

CANUCKS
AVALANCHE

AT

Time Tues. 6:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac
Season Series 4-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
2-1 Canucks (Jan. 02/11)
The Enemy Mile High Hockey, Jibblescribbits Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 27-31-58 Duchene: 18-25-43
Canucks
Category Avalanche
29-10-6 Season Record 23-16-6
1st
Conference Position 9th
Lost 1
Streak Won 1
14-7-3
< Road Record / Home Record >
12-8-3
7-2-1
Last 10 4-4-2
+40
Goals For / Against +/- +5
3.27 (3)
Goals Per Game 3.22 (4)
2.36 (3)
Goals Against Per Game 3.18 (28)
1.30 (3)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.20 (6)
23.9 (2)
Power Play %
20.0 (9)
84.7 (7)
Penalty Kill %
77.3 (28)
31.8 (11)
Shots Per Game 30.2 (18)
30.3 (16)
 Shots Against Per Game 31.1 (20) 
85.7 (2)
Winning % When Scoring First 73.7 (12)
95.2 (1)
Winning % When Leading After 1 91.7 (4) 
88.0 (17)
Winning % When Leading After 2 100 
55.7 (1)
Faceoffs % 49.6 (20)
11.6 (10)
PIM's Per Game 12.3 (15) 
NHL.com

There is no reason to hit any panic buttons after the Canucks have been shut out in 2 of their last 3 games. But the concerns about the Canucks' fate of late may not come as a surprise to some considering how many Canucks players have cooled off in their scoring output. Samuelsson, Raymond, Tambellini and Malhotra have a combined 1 assist in a big chunk of the Canucks' last games (see below). Hell even Burrows only has 1 goal in his last 7 games. He looks like he is struggling and frustrated. The Sedins and Kesler can't do it all by themselves. Those other guys need to chip in. Will Sergei Shirokov make an immediate impact on line 2? I can't wait to see him play again.

-Vancouver holds a huge 12 point lead over the Avalanche for top spot in the Northwest Division. Colorado is fighting for their playoff lives, sitting in 8th spot only 1 point ahead of the 9th place Sharks.

-Colorado has not played since Friday, a 4-1 win over Minnesota. They will be well-rested against a Canucks team playing it's final game of a 5 game road trip. This will be the Canucks' 4th game in 6 nights.

-The Canucks are 8-0-1 in their last 9 against the Avalanche, outscoring them 38-19 in the kickass process.

 

LINKS

- Mason Raymond has four goals and seven assists in his last nine against Colorado, producing at least a point in all but one contest. (Avalanche.com Game Preview)

-Chris Stewart, a deadly weapon for the Avs, returned to action last game in a 4-1 win against the Wild. He had not played since November 27.

-More on Shirokov and adjustments from not making the team in September. (The Province)

-Shirokov's entrance into the Canucks' lineup may mean Jeff Tambellini's exit. He was absent from practice Monday. (Vancouver Sun-Puck World).

 

PROJECTED STARTING GOALIES


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 33 1956 21 8 76 2.33 972 896 .922 2


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Craig Anderson 25 1429 12 9 71 2.98 748 677 .905 0


WHO'S HOT / COLD

 

CANUCKS

HOT

-Daniel Sedin: 9 goals and 5 assists in his last 11 games.

-Ryan Kesler: 5 goals and 3 assists in his last 8.

 

COLD

-Henrik Sedin: 0 points in his last 3! GASP! That hasn't happened all year!

-Manny Malhotra: 0 points in his last 9 games.

-Mason Raymond: 0 points in his last 6.

-Mikael Samuelsson: 1 assist in his last 11.

-Jeff Tambellini: 0 points in his last 10.

 

AVALANCHE

HOT

-Tomas Fleischmann: 1 goal and 5 assists in his last 6.

-Milan Hejduk: 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 6.

-Kevin Porter: 2 goals and 1 assist in his last 3.

 

COLD

-John-Michael Liles: 2 assists in his last 9 games.

-Paul Stastny: 2 goals and 1 assist in his last 7.

 

INJURIES

CANUCKS

-Alex Bolduc: separated shoulder

-Aaron Rome: MCL

-Andrew Alberts: shoulder

AVALANCHE

-D Kyle Cumiskey (fractured hand) may return to the lineup Tuesday.

-C Ryan O'Reilly is out for 2 weeks with a shoulder injury.

-D Kyle Quincey (shoulder) out indefinitely.

-RW Peter Mueller (concussion) has not played this season.

 

VIDEO

The Last Meeting:

Remember this commercial? Too funny! (H/T Beaner for finding it):

GO CANUCKS!

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