Game 28: Canucks At Canadiens Preview: One Night Love Affair

CANUCKS
CANADIENS

AT

Time Thurs. 4:30 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Van.
Season Series 0 - 0
Last Meeting
3-2 Canadiens Feb.22/11
The Enemy Eyes On The Prize Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 12-21-33 Plekanec: 6-17-23
Canucks
Category Canadiens
16-10-1 Season Record 11-11-6
5th
Conference Position 11th
Won 2
Streak Lost 1
8-6-0
< Road Record / Home Record >
4-5-5
8-2-0
Last 10 3-4-3
+22
Goals For / Against +/- -3
89 (3)
Goals Scored 68 (20)
66 (9)
Goals Against
68 (13)
1.15 (6)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.11 (10)
25.9 (1)
Power Play %
11.8 (27)
86.0 (6)
Penalty Kill %
89.5 (2)
81.3 (3)
Winning % When Scoring First 46.7 (29)
88.9 (5)
Winning % When Leading After 1 75.0 (15)
100
Winning % When Leading After 2 80.0
52.7 (4)
Faceoffs % 48.8 (22)
587 (16)
Hits
557 (17)
304 (30)
Blocked Shots
465 (2)
177 (23)
Giveaways
278 (5)
171 (19)
Takeaways
170 (20)
14.4 (28)
PIM's Per Game Average
10.8 (8)
NHL.com

How many of you Canucks fans have friends/acquaintances that are Habs fans? Don't you hate them? Don't you wanna kick them in the crotch, pull off their Habs jersey and wipe your butt with it? Yeah, me too. They love to pull that "we've won more Cups than you" card and we have nothing to throw back at them. They are cocky. Ok, so not ALL of them are that bad, but generalizing is fun.

There really

isn't all that much of a rivalry here except that it's 2 Canadian teams going at it, and whenever the Habs visit Rogers Arena, there are a horde of fans in blue white and red in the stands. Annoying buggers. They are the people we know that litter this province. Damned Original 6.

I'm sure here will be several Canucks family members at this game. Roberto Luongo, Alexandre Burrows and Maxim Lapierre hail from la belle province, and hopefully, along with the rest of the team, put on a hell of show, because it has been a long damned time since we have done that there. January of the year 2007, actually. See the stats below.

I love hearing Habs fans booing their team. If you think Canucks fans are hard on goaltenders/the team...nah, I think Habs fans are worse. I know it to be true. I saw the Canadiens play the Sabres live several years ago (when Linden played there). It was a thrilling experience. I noticed a constant procession of cheers and boos throughout that game. It was unreal. A schitzophrenic atmosphere. But you know what? That is a passionate fanbase. I think that given their seniority in the NHL it makes sense. And really, with that in mind, plus their multitude of Stanley Cup wins, they have earned the right to be cocky. Cocky and proud. But they still annoy me. It is what it is. We gave the world Bryan Adams. They gave us Celine Dion. Enough said. On the flipped side of the coin, both fanbases riot. Too soon? How about I go with the Pot/Poutine routine? Quite the combo I hear.

The only night of the season the Canucks play in beautiful Montreal. It's a special event when they do, especially if they can finally get a win there.

By the way, I hate the Habs, but I sure love the Province of Quebec. Magnificent. If you have never been there I highly recommend checking it out. Especially in the fall when the leaves change color.

PROJECTED ROSTERS


Roberto Luongo

#1 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-3

217

Apr 04, 1979



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Roberto Luongo 16 851 9 6 40 2.82 396 356 .899 0


Dank-Hank-AMFB

Raymond-Kesler-Hansen

Malhotra-Hodgson-Weise

Sweatt-Lapierre-Alberts

Bieksa-Hamhuis

Edler-Salo

Ballard-Rome


Carey Price

#31 / Goalie / Montreal Canadiens

6-3

219

Aug 16, 1987

"Is that the Sedins and Burrows coming at me? I don't even dare to look up"



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Carey Price 24 1463 10 8 54 2.21 669 615 .919 2

Pacioretty-Plekanec-Gionta

Cammalleri-Desharnais-Cole

Moen-Eller-Kostitsyn

Darche-Nokelainen-Leblanc

Gorges-Subban

Weber-Gill

Alexei Emelin - Raphael Diaz

LINK

-A colossal post at Eyes On The Prize about "Fear And Loathing In Montreal".

RANDOM STATS

-Canucks are 4-0 in their last 4 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.

-Canucks are 5-1 in their last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.

-Canadiens are 5-2 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.

-Canadiens are 4-10 in their last 14 home games.

-Canadiens are 1-5 in their last 6 overall.

-Canadiens are 0-6 in their last 6 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game.

-I find those Habs stats fascinating. Thanks, Covers.com.

-Carey Price has a 2-1-0 career record against the Canucks.

-Erik Cole has 6 goals and 8 points in 12 career games versus the Canucks

-Tomas Plekanec has 2 goals and 5 points in 6 career games vs Vancouver.

-Ryan Kesler is 4-6-10 in 9 career games vs Montreal.

-Roberto Luongo has a 9-11-3-2 career record against the Habs but his stats are still impressive.

-Daniel Sedin is 2-10-12 in 16 career games vs the Habs.

-Henrik is 6-9-15 in 17 career games.

-The Canucks have not won a game in Montreal since January 16, 2007. They are 0-3 since that date. YIEEE!

VIDEO

And here are the highlights from the last time the Canucks won in Montreal (oh shit, it's Jan Bulis. He had a good game though, as did linemate Ryan Kesler):

Rick Rypien vs Hal Gill. What a classic tilt. Hope you are enjoying the cigars and brandy up there, Ryp:

Cool! A Nucks-Habs bench-clearing brawl from 1986!:

Hey Carey, your French vocabulary is vast!

Classic Bryan Adams:

GO CANUCKS GO!

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