Canucks At Stars Game Preview: Revenge In The Cards For Dallas

CANUCKS
STARS

AT

Time Tues. 5:30 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series  2-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
7-1 Canucks (Jan. 24/11)
The Enemy Defending Big D Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 27-37-64 Richards: 20-37-57
Canucks
Category Stars
31-10-9 Season Record 30-15-5
1st
Conference Position 3rd
Won 2
Streak Won 1
14-7-4
< Road Record / Home Record >
16-6-4
4-2-4
Last 10 7-2-1
+44
Goals For / Against +/- +10
3.26 (3)
Goals Per Game 2.86 (12)
2.32 (3)
Goals Against Per Game 2.66 (12)
1.32 (3)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.12 (8)
23.5 (3)
Power Play %
20.2 (10)
84.3 (5)
Penalty Kill %
79.8 (22)
32.5 (5)
Shots Per Game 27.1 (28)
30.5 (19)
 Shots Against Per Game 31.2 (20) 
78.1 (7)
Winning % When Scoring First 88.5 (1)
91.3 (5)
Winning % When Leading After 1 90.0 (6) 
88.5 (16)
Winning % When Leading After 2 94.1 (7) 
55.8 (1)
Faceoffs % 49.9 (19)
11.9 (11)
PIM's Per Game Average
15.3 (27) 
NHL.com

Update (hat tip to missy): Cody Hodgson will center Aaron Volpatti and Tanner Glass on line 4 tonight, which answers my "grit" question below. Jeff Tambellini, with only 1 assist in his last 15 games, will finally ride the pine.

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The Canucks have won both meetings against Dallas this season, outscoring them 11-2. Do we have their number? Not necessarily. The Canucks are 3-2 in their last 5 in Dallas. The Stars have won 4 straight at home. The last regulation loss on home ice for them came on December 31 against...your Vancouver Canucks. So there is a bit of an axe to grind for Dallas here.

The last meeting, 2 games ago, a 7-1 win for Vancouver, was an absolute fail by the Stars, as they were barely even in it. They resorted to dirty tactics in the latter stages of the game (fuck you Adam Burish). The Stars lost Jamie Benn and Tom Wandell in that contest. Cue the axe again.

Should be another feisty affair, which is why I am a little surprised Alain Vigneault is benching Aaron Volpatti in place of Cody Hodgson. But, he's probably going for the turn the other cheek Jesus philosophy. That and the Stars like to play an open style of hockey unlike their predecessors. I expect a much closer game with Cory Schneider having to be a saviour in this one. All indications point to revenge and these Stars are capable of it.

We'll be watching you, Mr. Hodgson.

The Canucks will play 4 games in 7 nights to start February. Damnnnn

 

LINKS

-Stars recall Gagnon and Morin (Stars Home Site)

-It's ok Canucks powers that be... at some point you can get your head out of your collective asses and do this...

-Despite 2 lousy losses in their final 3 games before the All Star Break, Razor is impressed with the Stars anyway. (Razor With An Edge)

-Aaron Rome and Andrew Alberts close to playing again. (The Province)

-Canucks are taking siblings along for this road trip. (The Province)


PROJECTED STARTING GOALIES

GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Cory Schneider 14 767 8 2 30 2.35 392 362 .923 0



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Kari Lehtonen 38 2260 22 11 97 2.58 1165 1068 .917 0




WHO'S HOT / COLD

 

CANUCKS

HOT

-Daniel Sedin: 9 goals and 11 assists in his last 16 games.

-Ryan Kesler: 8 goals and 5 assists in his last 13.

-Henrik Sedin:  2 goals and 3 assists in his last 4.

-Alexandre Burrows: 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 3.

 

COLD

-Manny Malhotra: 0 points in his last 14 games.

-Jeff Tambellini: 1 assist in his last 15.

-Raffi Torres: 1 assist in his last 8.

 

STARS

HOT

-Jamie Benn: 4 goals and 5 assists in his last 7 games.

-Mike Ribeiro: 4 goals and 10 assists in his last 10.

-Brad Richards: 2 goals and 8 assists in his last 8.

COLD

-Loui Eriksson: 0 points in his last 3 games.

-Steve Ott: 1 assist in his last 9 games.

 

NOTABLE INJURIES

CANUCKS

-D Alex Edler: back

-F Alex Bolduc: separated shoulder

-D Aaron Rome: MCL

-D Andrew Alberts: shoulder

-D Sami Salo: achilles tendon

STARS

-F Jamie Benn: upper body

-F Tom Wandell: upper body

-F Toby Petersom: leg

 

VIDEO

Here is what an ass kicking looks like:

This is what an ass-kicking band looks like:

GO CANUCKS!

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