Game 21: Canucks At Avalanche Preview: On The Road Again

CANUCKS
AVALANCHE

AT

Time Wed. 6:30 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac.
Season Series 0 - 0
Last Meeting
4-2 Canucks (Mar.16/11)
The Enemy Mile High Hockey, Jibblescribbits Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 6-18-24 Duchene: 9-7-16
Canucks
Category Avalanche
10-9-1 Season Record 9-11-1
11th
Conference Position 12th
Won 1
Streak Lost 1
5-6-0
< Road Record / Home Record >
3-7-0
6-4-0
Last 10 2-7-1
+1
Goals For / Against +/- -9
58 (9)
Goals Scored 53 (13)
56 (18)
Goals Against
65 (25)
0.80 (24)
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.72 (28)
26.7 (1)
Power Play %
25.7 (2)
85.4 (11)
Penalty Kill %
77.5 (26)
72.7 (10)
Winning % When Scoring First 54.5 (27)
83.3 (11)
Winning % When Leading After 1 66.7 (22)
100
Winning % When Leading After 2 83.3
52.3 (4)
Faceoffs % 52.5 (3)
430 (11)
Hits
441 (10) 
208 (30)
Blocked Shots
284 (14) 
130 (21)
Giveaways
113 (29) 
128 (20)
Takeaways
187 (3) 
14.4 (25)
PIM's Per Game Average
11.0 (7) 
NHL.com

Funny how the Canucks' 2-1 win over Ottawa didn't inspire a lot of joy from many Canucks fans. It wasn't the most convincing win, and the guys almost blew the game with seconds left, plus a golden fail moments before that. But Cory Schneider saved the day and for that performance, he gets to start yet again with Roberto Luongo watching from the bench. This is a reward for

Ginger Jesus, but also, (as Alain Vigneault said today) a chance for Luongo to get a few more practices in after missing time with an upper body injury. Still though, is this the first time AV has rode the hot Schneider consecutively like this? And no, that didn't come out right.

At this point there is nothing inside of me that can convince me that this current Canucks squad is ready to snap out of mediocrity. Not with the 5 on 5 being so pathetic. Still a bit of puzzling defence in front of our goaltending. Still a Ryan Kesler who cannot snap out of his funk. Still line-swapping deluxe going on. But hey, a winning streak can start in the blink of an eye.

A quick look at Colorado's stats can be a bit of consolation. Lousy 5 on 5 like us. 2-7-1 record in their last 10, including a 1-4 record in their last 5. They have scored 10 goals in those last 5 games and given up 15. They are 3-7-0 on home ice. All this after going 6-2-0 in the first 8 games of their season. More woes: as brought up at Mile High Hockey, the Avs' top D pairing of Jan Hejda and Erik Johnson are a combined -28. Ouch. But don't worry, Avs fans. The Canucks have a way of helping struggling teams snap out of their funks. Got a player mired in a slump? WE CAN HELP! Or not. It depends on what kind of mood our boys are in tonight.

 

PROJECTED ROSTERS


Cory Schneider

#35 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-2

195

Mar 18, 1986



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Cory Schneider 9 476 3 4 20 2.52 227 207 .912 0

Dank-Hank-Burrows

Booth-Kesler-Higgins

Hansen-Hodgson-Lapierre

Volpatti-Malhotra-Weise

We'll be lucky if Mason Raymond plays against the Avalanche. It's more likely he plays on the weekend.

Hamhuis-Bieksa

Edler-Salo

Rome-Alberts


Semyon Varlamov

#1 / Goalie / Colorado Avalanche

6-2

209

Apr 27, 1988



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Semyon Varlamov 14 819 5 8 45 3.30 410 365 .890 1

Porter-Stastny-Yip

Landeskog-Duchene-Hejduk

Jones-O'Reilly-Winnik

Galiardi-McClement-Kobasew

Hejda-Johnson

O'Brien-Quincy (SOB..who is that guy?)

Wilson-O'Byrne

 

STATS

-Milan Hejduk has 36 goals and 66 points in 72 career games against Vancouver. 9 of those goals are game winners. A true Canuck killer.

-Paul Stastny is 7-20-27 in 30 career games against the Canucks.

-Cory Schneider has a 2-0-0-1 record career vs the Avalanche.

-Daniel Sedin is 24-25-49 and a -10 in 58 career games vs Colorado. 5 of those goals are game winners.

-Henrik Sedin is 17-34-51 and a -6 in 63 career games vs the Avs.

-Canucks are 3-9 in their last 12 games following a win. WTF!?

-Canucks are 1-4 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. FUKT!

-Canucks are 1-4 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game. DOOMED!

-Canucks are 0-5 in their last 5 Wednesday games. DON'T EVEN WASTE YOUR TIME WATCHING!

-Avalanche are 14-40 in their last 54 overall. WHA?

-Avalanche are 12-39 in their last 51 vs. Western Conference. WAIT A MINUTE!

-Avalanche are 13-43 in their last 56 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. WE GOT 'EM BY THE BALLS!

-Avalanche are 6-21 in their last 27 home games. THESE GUYS A F***ING DEAD!

-Cover.com, you rock.

 

VIDEO

The last Canucks-Avs meeting:

The title of this post has been brought to you by Canned Heat:

Not this time, Milan.

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GO CANUCKS GO!

3 GAMES OVER THE NEXT 4 NIGHTS? WOO!

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