Bruins At Canucks: Attack Of The Killer B's!

BRUINS
CANUCKS

AT

Time Sat. 7:00 PM PST
TV CBC
Season Series 09/10 1-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
3-2 Canucks (Feb.06/10)
The Enemy Stanley Cup Of Chowder Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 32-47-79 Bergeron: 20-29-49
Bruins
Category   Canucks 
34-19-7 Season Record 39-14-9
3rd
Conference Position 1st
Won 3
Streak Won 1
19-7-4
< Road Record / Home Record >
22-5-5
6-4-0
Last 10 6-4-0
+43
Goals For / Against +/- +60
3.12 (4)
Goals Per Game 3.31 (1)
2.33 (2)
Goals Against Per Game 2.29 (1)
1.46 (1)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.30 (2)
18.0 (13)
Power Play %
25.1 (1)
81.5 (18)
Penalty Kill %
85.5 (4)
33.5 (2)
Shots Per Game 32.2 (8)
33.5 (28)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.2 (15) 
77.4 (7)
Winning % When Scoring First 82.5 (2)
87.5 (7)
Winning % When Leading After 1 92.9 (2) 
.071 (29)
Winning % When Trailing After 1 0 (30) 
96.0 (5)
Winning % When Leading After 2 90.6 (10) 
50.9 (9)
Faceoffs % 55.4 (1)
14.4 (24)
PIM's Per Game Average
11.5 (13) 
NHL.com

I've had this game marked on my calendar all season long. I've never hated the Bruins, ever. What a great cast of characters over the years, while I have been alive anyway. Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Gerry Cheevers, Johnny Bucyk, Mike Milbury, Brad Park, Cam Neeley, Andy Moog, Rick Middleton, etc etc. The Bruins have not won a Stanley Cup since 1972 and this year they look to make a serious push. Yeah well so do we, assholes. And this is one of the reasons why, even though it's only ONE game, this game is uber important for our Canucks. A win over the Bruins encourages the pundits to realize even more that we are for real.

But it's not going to be easy. Looks at the Bruins' stats above. Nice. Now look at who's rolling for the B's below. Lots of them. The Canucks on the other hand may be getting contributions from line 1 and 3 but not enough from Kesler-(Samuelsson)-Raymond.  2 goals and 2 assists in the last 4 games combined for those 3 players. Samuelsson has 3 of those points. Kesler and Raymond need to get it going. The Bruins are the best team in the NHL 5 on 5. The Canucks are having a hard time drawing penalties (with PP being a huge strength)  lately due to decreased effort 5 on 5.

A preview of the Cup Finals? Maybe. More like the Canucks facing a tremendous team and needing to make a statement, in my opinion. No use looking too far ahead.

Since November 2003, the Bruins have won 3 of 5 against the Canucks. 5 games? A tilt between these 2 teams is a damned rarity. Another reason why it's circled on my calendar.

LINKS

-Canucks' Super Skills Competition is on Sunday.

-Kaberle does not have a point as a Bruin yet but B's believe he will take them to the next level. Gonna be so weird watching Tomas play in a jersey that is not of Toronto.

-A lot of praise for Tanner Glass. (Vancouver Sun)

-All you need to know about the Bruins after practicing in Vancouver. And yes, Mark Recchi f*cking rules. (Bruins.com)

PROJECTED STARTING GOALTENDERS


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 46 2746 28 11 104 2.27 1370 1266 .924 3


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Tim Thomas 43 2528 27 8 84 1.99 1373 1289 .939 7


WHO'S HOT / COLD


CANUCKS

HOT

-Daniel Sedin: 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 4 games played.

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

-Manny Malhotra: 2 goals and 4 assists in his last 7 games.

COLD

-Ryan Kesler: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 7 games.

-Mason Raymond: 1 assist in his last 6.

 

BRUINS

HOT

-Patrice Bergeron: 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 4 games.

-Andrew Ference: 4 assists in his last 3 games.

-Nathan Horton: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 3.

-David Krejci: 1 goal and 5 assists in his last 3.

-Milan Lucic: 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 3.

-Brad Marchand: 3 goals in his last 2 games.

-Mark Recchi: 1 goal and 4 assists in his last 5

-Tyler Seguin: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 3.

COLD

-None

NOTABLE INJURIES

CANUCKS

-D Alexander Edler: back

-D Kevin Bieksa: broken foot

-D Andrew Alberts: broken wrist

-D Lee Sweatt: broken foot

BRUINS

-Marc Savard: concussion

-Brad Marchand: foot, probable against Vancouver

VIDEO

Mike Gillis talks trade deadline and more

The last meeting:

The complete shootout from that game:

McSorley Clubs Brashear. WORST

Mad Mike Milbury!

Bring The Noise!!!!

GO CANUCKS!

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