Game 44: Canucks At Lightning Preview: Lightning Crashes

CANUCKS
LIGHTNING

AT

Time Tues. 4:30 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac.
Season Series 0-0
Last Meeting
5-4 Lightning Dec.11 /10
The Enemy Raw Charge Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 11-38-49 Stamkos: 28-17-45
Canucks
Category Lightning
26-14-3 Season Record 17-20-3
1st
Conference Position 13th
Lost 1
Streak Lost 3
14-9-1
< Road Record / Home Record >
11-5-0
6-3-1
Last 10 5-4-1
+35
Goals For / Against +/- -27
138 (2)
Goals Scored 107 (17)
101 (8)
Goals Against
134 (28)
1.20 (6)
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.92 (18)
24.0 (1)
Power Play %
13.8 (27)
86.6 (6) -
Penalty Kill %
79.5 (25)
51.7 (5)
Faceoffs % 48.5 (24)
956 (10) +
Hits
835 (21)
501 (28)
Blocked Shots
616 (10)
288 (21) +
Giveaways
264 (24)
261 (20) -
Takeaways
275 (17)
14.7 (27)
PIM's Per Game Average
12.0 (18)
NHL.com

Note: The "+" and "-" symbols behind the Canucks stats indicate better or worse ratings compared to the game before. No symbol means no change.

The decreased effort / intensity level in the loss to Florida was hardly a surprise to many people. Manny Malhotra can deny it all he wants but it was what it was. But if we know that about the Canucks then we also know that

the Canucks rarely lay an egg like that two games in a row. So bring on the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are terrible at almost every main stat out there (see above chart). This SHOULD BE a shutting down of Tampa's Big 3 in Lecavalier, St. Louis and Stamkos and then a solid win using a solid effort. One thing though: the Bolts are 11-5-0 at home this season.

PS: OK OK, I won't use the Stinkface gif on any numbskulls in the comments thread.

PROJECTED ROSTERS



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Roberto Luongo 28 1587 17 8 63 2.38 758 695 .917 2



Dank Sedin - Hank Sedin - Alexander MF'ing Burrows

Chris "The Professor" Higgins - KesLORD - Jannik "Beaker" Hansen

MayRay - Cody "Chinook" Hodgson - "Lappy" Lapierre

Mike "Count" Duco - Money Mo Malhotra - Dale Weiser

Dan "The Hammer" Hamhuis - Kevin "Juice" Bieksa

Alex "E-Money Edler" - Keith "Hips Don't Lie" Ballard

Andrew "A-Train" Alberts - Alexander "Alka" Sulzer


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Dwayne Roloson 20 1005 6 9 63 3.76 530 467 .881 1

"I thought he did some good things in his last game in net," TB coach Guy Boucher said. "He’s had some terrific practices and this morning was probably his best practice of the year." Roloson’s 16 career wins and five shutouts against the Canucks are his most against any team. -Bolts Report

St. Louis - Stamkos - Downie

Moore - Lecavalier - Connolly

Malone - Thompson - Purcell

Dana Tyrell - Tom Pyatt - Pierre-Cedric Labrie

Brewer - Kubina

Clark - Gilroy

Mikkelson - Bergeron

INJURIES

-For both teams via TSN. No Ohlund, Hedman, Ryan Shannon or Adam Hall for Tampa. That hurts.

TRENDS

  • Lightning are 6-0 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
  • Lightning are 6-0 in their last 6 games as a home underdog.
  • Lightning are 4-0 in their last 4 home games.
  • Lightning are 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games.
  • Canucks are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference.
  • Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
  • Canucks are 20-7 in their last 27 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
  • Canucks are 10-4 in their last 14 vs. a team with a losing record.
  • Canucks are 18-8 in their last 26 games playing on 0 days rest.
  • Canucks are 8-3 in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
  • More at Covers.com

VIDEO

The last meeting against the Lightning over a year ago turned into the Stamkos Show:

Canucks fans were not impressed:

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The title of this post brought to you by that great band LIVE:

I have heard that Martin St. Louis has a big role in The Hobbit. No special effects were necessary:

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GO CANUCKS GO!

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