|Time||Fri. 7:00 PM PST
||TV||Sportsnet Pac, FS-A Plus
|Season Series||2-1 Canucks
||4-3 Canucks (Mar.08/11)|
Five For Howling
: 38-54-92 Yandle: 11-46-57|
||< Road Record / Home Record >
||Goals For / Against +/-||+68
||Goals Per Game||3.24 (1)
||Goals Against Per Game||2.28 (1)
||5 On 5 GF/GA||1.25 (2)
||Power Play %
||Penalty Kill %
||Shots Per Game||31.8 (9)
||Shots Against Per Game||30.2 (15)
||Winning % When Scoring First||82.2 (2)
||Winning % When Leading After 1||90.9 (3)
||Winning % When Trailing After 1||21.4 (17)
||Winning % When Leading After 2||91.7 (8)
||Faceoffs %||55.2 (1)
||PIM's Per Game Average
The stats above do not include the Coyotes' game vs the Oilers tonight.
All the good news about the Canucks clinching the Division title was quickly squelched with the news that Manny Malhotra had an eye injury and that it was serious. And so it is the topic of the day, and rightfully so. Money Malhotra could be lost for the season or for several weeks. No one knows for sure. We just hope primarily that he'll keep his vision in that eye. But to be honest, I am hoping he can make it back as soon as possible. Losing Money Mo sucks. His faceoff and defensive prowess is going to be sorely missed. HOWEVER, this is the beauty of an organization with a massive lead on all comers and with all this depth. A window of opportunity is created. And if you're like me, you look at someone like Chris Higgins, who has been impressive so far, to get more minutes and be even more effective. You know, to show us what he's got. Maxim Lapierre can handle a lot more than 4th line minutes as well.
Alain Vigneault said today that he not sure what to do about the hole at 3rd line center yet. Didn't Higgins play center in the past? Only a little it seems. In 2008-09 he took 57 draws in 57 games and won 50.9% of them. That's about as good as it got for him at the dot. Maxim Lapierre is the most natural fit on the current roster for that 3rd line center spot. But then Vigneault had Mason Raymond practicing there on Thursday. Maybe he knows something we don't. Raymond has taken 31 draws this season and only won 35.5% of them.
Aside from the faceoffs, I've seen great checking abilities from both Lapierre and Higgins. I'm not worried about that at all. It's just that another terrific quality about Malhotra was his great leadership on the team. That is hard to replace, even though the Canucks have a lot of leadership in the room. Great guy. Hope he is well.
So..trying to stay positive.
The Coyotes are rolling. The last game they lost was against the Canucks on March 8. They are 3-0 since and look to dispose of Edmonton tonight.
-Is this the first time New Westminister native Kyle Turris gets to play in front of family and friends? I think so.
PROJECTED STARTING GOALTENDERS
|2010 - Roberto Luongo||53||3171||33||13||118||2.23||1567||1449||.925||3|
|2010 - Jason LaBarbera||16||823||6||6||47||3.43||482||435||.902||2|
-Daniel Sedin: 4 assists 3 games vs Phoenix this season
-Dan Hamhuis and Ryan Kesler: 2 goals and 1 assist in 3 games
-Mason Raymond and Henrik Sedin: 1 goal and 2 assists in 2 games
-Mikael Samuelsson: 3 assists in 3 games
-Eric Belanger: 1 goal and 2 assists in 3 games vs Van this season. They all happened last game.
WHO'S HOT / COLD
The last meeting: HAMMER TIME!
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