Coyotes At Canucks Game Preview: No Money

COYOTES
CANUCKS

AT

Time Fri. 7:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac, FS-A Plus
Season Series 2-1 Canucks
Last Meeting
4-3 Canucks (Mar.08/11)
The Enemy
Five For Howling  
Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 38-54-92 Yandle: 11-46-57
Coyotes
Category   Canucks
37-23-11 Season Record 47-16-9
5th
Conference Position 1st
Won 3
Streak Won 7
20-12-5
< Road Record / Home Record >
25-7-5
4-4-2
Last 10 8-2-0
+3
Goals For / Against +/- +68
2.84 (8)
Goals Per Game 3.24 (1)
2.80 (17)
Goals Against Per Game 2.28 (1)
1.15 (5)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.25 (2)
16.1 (24)
Power Play %
25.3 (1)
77.8 (27)
Penalty Kill %
86.4 (2)
30.7 (17)
Shots Per Game 31.8 (9)
32.5 (27)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.2 (15) 
70.3 (14)
Winning % When Scoring First 82.2  (2)
72.7 (17)
Winning % When Leading After 1 90.9 (3) 
38.1 (3)
Winning % When Trailing After 1 21.4 (17)
87.5 (12)
Winning % When Leading After 2 91.7 (8) 
1622 (12)
Hits 1613 (13) 
875 (27)
Blocked Shots
962 (21)
51.2 (9)
Faceoffs % 55.2 (1)
10.7 (8)
PIM's Per Game Average
11.2 (12) 
NHL.com

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


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 53 3171 33 13 118 2.23 1567 1449 .925 3


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Jason LaBarbera 16 823 6 6 47 3.43 482 435 .902 2

 

COYOTES KILLERS:

-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

CANUCKS KILLERS:

-Eric Belanger: 1 goal and 2 assists in 3 games vs Van this season. They all happened last game.

WHO'S HOT / COLD


CANUCKS

HOT

-Daniel Sedin: 6 goals and 7 assists in his last 7!

-Henrik Sedin: 3 goals and 9 assists in his last 7!

-Mikael Samuelsson: 6 assists in his last 6

-Christian Ehrhoff: 7 assists in his last 5 games.

-Ryan Kesler: 2 goals and 4 assists in his last 5


COLD

-Mason Raymond: 2 goals in his last 13

-Jeff Tambellini: 0 points in his last 15

COYOTES

HOT

-Eric Belanger: 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games. Remember how well he played against us last game?

-Shane Doan: 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 4

-Lauri Korpikoski: 2 goals and 1 assists in his last 2

-Ray Whitney and Keith Yandle: 1 goal and 2 assists in their last 3 games.

COLD

-Lee Stempniak: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 15. He scored last game though. And he's streaky. Watch out for him.

NOTABLE INJURIES

CANUCKS

-D Alexander Edler: back

-D Kevin Bieksa: broken foot. He's close to returning

-D Andrew Alberts: broken wrist

-D Lee Sweatt: broken foot

-F Tanner Glass: upper body

-F Manny Malhotra: eye. Oh sheeeit

COYOTES

-D Ed Jovocop: orbital bone surgery

-F Martin Hanzal: lower body. May play

-D Kurt Sauer: concussion, has miss entire season

VIDEO

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GO CANUCKS GO!

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