Blue Jackets At Canucks Game Preview: For Those About To Rock...

BLUE JACKETS
CANUCKS

AT

Time Tues. 7:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Van
Season Series 2-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
7-3 Canucks  Dec.23/10)
The Enemy The Cannon Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 32-47-79 Nash: 29-27-56
Jackets
Category   Canucks 
31-24-6 Season Record 39-15-9
12th
Conference Position 1st
Lost 1
Streak Lost 1
15-11-4
< Road Record / Home Record >
22-6-5
7-2-1
Last 10 5-5-0
-11
Goals For / Against +/- +58
2.72 (17)
Goals Per Game 3.27 (1)
2.92 (21)
Goals Against Per Game 2.30 (1)
0.97 (18)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.29 (2)
16.0 (26)
Power Play %
24.8 (1)
81.0 (21)
Penalty Kill %
85.6 (3)
30.5 (15)
Shots Per Game 32.1 (9)
30.0 (11)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.1 (13) 
67.9 (17)
Winning % When Scoring First 80.5 (4)
78.9 (11)
Winning % When Leading After 1 89.7 (4) 
33.3 (11)
Winning % When Trailing After 1 0 (30)
89.5 (12)
Winning % When Leading After 2 90.6 (9) 
51.2 (8)
Faceoffs % 55.4 (1)
13.8 (22)
PIM's Per Game Average
11.3 (13) 
NHL.com

It's another one of those games. The Canucks play a Columbus team that is fighting for a playoff spot. They are 4 points out of 8th and really can't afford to lose any. With a 7-2-1 record in their last 10 and a 3-1-1 record in their last 5 they are putting up a solid fight. How about 6 wins and 1 loss in their last 7 road games? They're not out of it yet.

The Canucks will have to match the BJ's intensity. Detroit is about to pull within 3 of Vancouver for top spot in the West. Maybe that will add a little fuel to the fire. It should be an excellent game. Establish dominance, Vancouver. That includes you, Kesler and Raymond. Snap out of your offensive slumbers. More after the jump.

LINKS

-The Jackets were going to give newcomer Craig Rivet some practice time with the team before playing him, but with Anton Stralman now most likely out for this one they may rush Rivet into the mix.

-Oh, and they recently traded Rotislav Klesla and Dane Byers to Phoenix for Scottie Upshall and Sami Lepisto. The Cannon has the current BJ depth chart.

-Maxim Lapierre comes with baggage (Province)

-Canucks depth level the best in their history. (Province). Agreed!

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 - Steve Mason 40 2204 22 14 109 2.97 1146 1037 .905 3


WHO'S HOT / COLD


CANUCKS

HOT

-Daniel Sedin: 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 5 games played.

-Henrik Sedin: 2 goals and 4 assists in his last 5 games.

-Manny Malhotra: 3 goals and 4 assists in his last 8 games.

COLD

-Ryan Kesler: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 8 games.

-Mason Raymond: 1 assist in his last 7.

BLUE JACKETS

HOT

-Matt Calvert: 6 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games played.

-Grant Clitsome: 5 assists in his last 5 games.

-Rick Nash: 6 goals and 6 assists in his last 9 games.

-Kris Russell: 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 5.

-RJ Umberger: 1 goal and 5 assists in his last 5.

-Jakub Voracek: 2 goals and 4 assists in his last 7.

COLD

-Chris Clark: 1 assist in his last 17 games.

-Ethan Moreau: 1 assist in his last 19, injury in between

NOTABLE INJURIES

CANUCKS

-D Alexander Edler: back

-D Kevin Bieksa: broken foot

-D Andrew Alberts: broken wrist

-D Lee Sweatt: broken foot

-F Chris Higgins: broken thumb, est. 2-3 weeks

BLUE JACKETS

-Kristian Huselius: lower body, on IR

-Anton Stralman: knee

-Derick Brassard: hand

VIDEO

The Last Meeting: A Slaughter

Maxim Lapierre: History Will Be Made

GO CANUCKS GO!

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