Game 71: Blue Jackets At Canucks Preview: Are You Ready For A Good Time?

BLUE JACKETS

CANUCKS

AT

Time Sat. 7:00 PM PST
TV CBC
Season Series 2-0-1 Canucks
Last Meeting
2-1 Jackets Dec.13/11
The Enemy The Cannon Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 13-55-68 Nash: 24-23-47
Jackets
Category Canucks
20-41-7 Season Record 42-20-8
15th
Conference Position 2nd
Lost 3
Streak Lost 2
9-22-4
< Road Record / Home Record >
20-10-4
4-6-0
Last 10 4-4-2
-65
Goals For / Against +/- +42
2.26 (28)
Goals Per Game Average
3.03 (4) +
3.16 (29)
Goals Against Per Game Average
2.43 (5)
0.74 (30)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.16 (5)
15.2 (25)
Power Play %
21.1 (3) +
76.7 (30)
Penalty Kill %
85.8 (6) -
50.7 (11)
Faceoffs % 52.2 (3)
1775 (6)
Hits
1547 (19)
856 (26)
Blocked Shots
852 (28) -
12.5 (24)
PIM's Per Game Average
13.0 (27)
NHL.com

"I thought we generated a lot of offence but we have to play a patient game in how we're going to win and sometimes you have to sacrifice some offence," stressed Roberto Luongo. "We need more urgency in our game — all of us — and we're not playing the type of hockey we want to be playing and we've got 12 games to correct it."

That from the Province after the loss to Phoenix. Luongo was absolutely right. Unfortunately, he'll be watching any Canucks improvements from the bench.

Absolutely no excuse to lose to the Blue Jackets. Not a bottom place team that is decimated by injuries. The only excuse would be if the CBJ goaltender turns into goaltender Jesus. If there was ever a time to step up and mutilate a team in all areas, showing no mercy, it would be now.

Good to see Aaron Rome make his return, especially against a rough team like the BJ's. He is a stabilizer. You'll see. Suck it, haters.

COLD CANUCKS

-The Sedins are off the Cold List! Sweet Jesus! That only took 8 games! Way to go boys! Now fix that +/-.

-Mason Raymond: 0 points in his last 7 games. AV will keep giving him chances on the top line.

-Maxim Lapierre: 0 points in his last 10 games. I know, I know, 4th liner, yadda yadda.

-Marc-Andre Gragnani: 0 points in his last 8 games. He will sit this one out.

CANUCKS HEATING UP

-Kevin Bieksa: 6 assists in his last 6 games.

-Ryan Kesler: 3 goals in his last 3 games.

-David Booth: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 2 games.

-Chris Higgins had 1 goal and 4 assists in his last 4 games.

PROJECTED ROSTERS

CANUCKS


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Cory Schneider 26 1438 15 6 50 2.09 740 690 .932 2


Dank Sedin - Hank Sedin - Mason Raymond

David Booth - KesLORD - Chris Higgins

Jannik Hansen - Sammy Pahlsson -Alexandre Burrows

Zack Kassian - Maxim Lapierre - Dale Weise

Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa

Alex Edler - Sami Salo

Aaron Rome- Chris Tanev

BLUE JACKETS


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Steve Mason 38 2119 12 22 116 3.28 1092 976 .894 1

Mason will most likely make his return after missing time with a lacerated hand.

R.J. Umberger - Derick Brassard - Rick Nash (probable vs Vancouver)

Vinny Prospal - Mark Letestu - Cam Atkinson

Ryan Russel - Darryl Boyce - Colton Gillies

Dane Byers - Ryan Johansen - Jared Boll

Jack Johnson - James Wisniewski

John Moore - Brett Lebda

Nikita Nikitin - Aaron Johnson

INJURIES

-Via TSN: Manny Malhotra remains out of the line up indefinitely due to personal reasons. I wonder if Sammy Pahlsson has made Manny a spare...... Significant injuries for Columbus (check this out): Rick Nash is listed as probable (undisclosed injury), Kristian Huselius (groin) Fedor Tyutin (broken hand), Radek Martinek (concussion), Marc Methot (broken jaw), Derek MacKenzie (concussion), Derek Dorsett (ill), and yeah Steve Mason is most likely a go after missing time with a lacerated hand. I wonder if "concussion" in Columbus means "I don't want to play for this dog shit team right now."

TRENDS

  • Blue Jackets are 5-0 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game. (We are fukt!)
  • Blue Jackets are 20-51 in their last 71 vs. Western Conference. (maybe not)
  • Blue Jackets are 5-13 in their last 18 Saturday games. (oh we are gonna bang you guys!)
  • Blue Jackets are 10-41 in their last 51 vs. a team with a winning record. (Your mothers are gonna feel it!)
  • Blue Jackets are 1-6 in their last 7 games following a loss of 3 or more goals. (FUBAR! Don't worry, we'll wear a condom!)
  • Canucks are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Central. (Pick up the soap, BJ's!)
  • Canucks are 11-4 in their last 15 Saturday games. (Saturday night's alright for banging)
  • Canucks are 8-3 in their last 11 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game. (Your ass looks great in them jeans!)
  • Canucks are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite. (Wait a minute)
  • Canucks are 1-4 in their last 5 overall. (No wait, I can explain!)
  • Canucks are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning % below .400. (I'm sorry I shit talked you.... and your mothers!)
  • Canucks are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. (Oh god! Nooooooooooo!!)
  • More at Covers.com (minus the commentary).

VIDEO

Here is what a good Canucks effort looks like:

Yeah, but it's very f***ing rare in recent weeks. Time to step it up, boys.

The title of this post is brought to you by AC/DC:

GO CANUCKS GO! CUT THE DAMNED CRAP ALREADY.

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