Game 22: Canucks At Coyotes Preview: It's A Trap!

CANUCKS
COYOTES

AT

Time Fri. 6:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac.
Season Series 0 - 0
Last Meeting
3-1 Coyotes (Mar.18/11)
The Enemy Five For Howling Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 6-18-24 Vrbata: 11-7-18
Canucks
Category Coyotes
11-9-1 Season Record 11-6-3
11th
Conference Position 7th
Won 2
Streak Won 1
6-6-0
< Road Record / Home Record >
5-3-2
6-4-0
Last 10 6-3-1
+4
Goals For / Against +/- +7
61 (8)
Goals Scored 57 (14)
56 (15)
Goals Against
49 (9)
0.85 (22)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.11 (12)
25.8 (1)
Power Play %
13.0 (26)
86.0 (8)
Penalty Kill %
87.9 (5)
75.0 (6)
Winning % When Scoring First 69.2 (12)
85.7 (8)
Winning % When Leading After 1 75.0 (17)
100
Winning % When Leading After 2 100
52.4 (3)
Faceoffs % 51.3 (8)
446 (15)
Hits
449 (14) 
221 (30)
Blocked Shots
289 (17) 
131 (25)
Giveaways
126 (27) 
132 (20)
Takeaways
127 (24) 
14.0 (24)
PIM's Per Game Average
8.5 (1) 
NHL.com

Stifling defence, opportunistic goals and exceptional goaltending from Mike Smith have the Coyotes

ranked higher in the standings than most people would have thought. They dropped Ilya Bryzgalov, Ed Jovanovski and Vernon Fiddler in the summer and added Smith, Dave Schlemko and Boyd Gordon. Looks unimpressive and like a recipe for failure. Except Gordon has 10 points in 20 games, Smith has been stellar, and Schlemko is a +7 and checking other teams' top lines. More on the Coyotes' early success here.

The Canucks managed 2 goals 5 on 5 and none on the power play in their 3-0 win over the Avalanche. That was backwards from what they have been doing, but also a welcomed change. Ryan Kesler scored an empty net goal to relieve some of the pressure he is putting on himself to score. We'll see if that load is off his shoulders.

 

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 10 536 4 4 20 2.24 251 231 .920 1


Dank-Hank-Bank

Booth-Kesler-Higgins

Malhotra-Hodgson-Hansen

Volpatti-Lapierre-Weise

Hamhuis-Bieksa (day-to-day)

Edler-Salo

Sulzer-???? (doubt that Ballard and Rome will be ready)

No word on Mason Raymond returning...yet.

 


Mike Smith

#41 / Goalie / Phoenix Coyotes

6-4

215

Mar 22, 1982



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Mike Smith 16 975 10 3 35 2.15 538 503 .935 1


Whitney-Gordon-Doan

Pyatt-Hanzal-Vrbata

Korpikoski-O'Reilly-Boedker

Torres-Chipchura-O'Sullivan (ah Raffi I still miss thee. Go easy on us, dammit)

Yandle-Morris

Ekman-Larsson - Aucoin

Klesla-Schlemko

 

STATS

-Canucks are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.

-Canucks are 18-5 in their last 23 vs. Pacific.

-Canucks are 10-4 in their last 14 Friday games.

-Coyotes are 5-0 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.

-Coyotes are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference. Impressive.

-Coyotes are 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. Exceptional.

-Coyotes are 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win. Bingo! They are fukt!!!

-Covers.com, ladies and gentlemen!

 

VIDEO

The last time these 2 teams battled:

Ah Raffi Torres. We never should have let you go:

I miss summer already. But I'm not sure I'd do this without liquid courage:

GO CANUCKS GO!

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