Game 75: Canucks At Avalanche Preview: Raise My Fist And Resist

CANUCKS

AVALANCHE

AT

Time Sat 7:00 PM PST
TV CBC
Season Series 4-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
3-1 Canucks Feb.15/12
The Enemy Mile High Hockey Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 13-59-72 O'Reilly: 18-36-54
Canucks
Category Avalanche
44-21-9 Season Record 40-31-5
2nd
Conference Position 9th
Won 1
Streak Lost 1
23-11-5
< Road Record / Home Record >
22-15-1
4-5-1
Last 10 7-2-1
+41
Goals For / Against +/- -1
2.96 (5) -
Goals Per Game Average
2.49 (23)
2.40 (4) +
Goals Against Per Game Average
2.59 (11)
1.15 (6) -
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.97 (17)
21.0 (3) -
Power Play %
18.4 (11)
86.2 (6)
Penalty Kill %
83.3 (12)
52.0 (3)
Faceoffs % 52.0 (4)
1648 (18) +
Hits
1755 (13)
901 (27)
Blocked Shots
1008 (18)
13.3 (26)
PIM's Per Game Average
11.1 (16)
NHL.com

The Canucks have absolutely dominated the Avalanche this season, winning 4 of 4 and outscoring them 15-3 in the process. That's a hell of a feat. But this is now, and times are different. The Avalanche are barely on the outside of a playoff spot in 9th and need to keep winning. They are going to come out smokin' on home ice so the Canucks had better be ready.

I like how the Canucks have improved over the past couple of games. But one thing remains here: LACK OF SCORING. Look at the COLD list below. The top line of Raymond-Henrik-Kassian looked solid against the Stars but where is the supporting cast? They need to make an appearance Saturday night or...maybe the Canucks bear down defensively again, rely heavily on their goaltender again and squeak another win out that way. You never know with these guys. They are like a box of chocolates.

Heads up: The Avs now employ a pain in the ass named Steve Downie who you will definitely notice in this one for his shit-disturbing ways.

COLD CANUCKS

-David Booth: 0 points in his last 3 games.

-Alexandre Burrows: 0 points in his last 4 games.

-Alex Edler: 0 points in his last 3.

-Chris Higgins: 0 points in his last 3.

-Zack Kassian: 0 points in his last 8.

-Ryan Kesler: 0 points in his last 4.

-Dale Weise: 0 points in his last 7.

-Manny Malhotra: 0 points in his last 11 games.

-Maxim Lapierre: 0 points in his last 12 games.

SMOKIN' CANUCKS

-Mason Raymond had a goal and an assist against the Stars

-Henrik Sedin had 2 assists last game.

PROJECTED ROSTERS

CANUCKS


Roberto Luongo

#1 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-3

217

Apr 04, 1979



Zack Kassian - Hank Sedin - Mason Raymond

David Booth - KesLORD - Alexandre Burrows

Jannik Hansen - Sammy Pahlsson -Chris Higgins

Manny Malhotra - Maxim Lapierre - Dale Weise

Kevin Bieksa - Alex Edler

Dan Hamhuis - Chris Tanev

Sami Salo - Marc-Andre Gragnani

AVALANCHE


Semyon Varlamov

#1 / Goalie / Colorado Avalanche

6-2

209

Apr 27, 1988



McGinn - Stastny - Jones

Downie - O'Reilly - Landeskog

Mueller - Duchene - Hejduk

Mark Olver - McClement - McLeod

Hunwick - Wilson

Hejda - O'Byrne

O'Brien - Barrie

Is there enough Irish on that team or what?

SCORING LEADERS

-Canucks

-Avalanche

INJURIES

-Via TSN: Avs' D Eric Johnson is questionable with back spasms as is Chuck Kobasew. Canucks (sobs) are without Daniel Sedin for a while without a concussion. But hey..GO MAYRAY GO! Aaron Rome (bow you peasants) is questionable with illness.

TRENDS

  • Canucks are 12-4 in their last 16 Saturday games.
  • Canucks are 2-5 in their last 7 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Canucks are 3-8 in their last 11 games as a favorite.
  • Canucks are 1-4 in their last 5 road games.
  • Canucks are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win.
  • Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 games as a road favorite.
  • Avalanche are 4-0 in their last 4 home games.
  • Avalanche are 5-1 in their last 6 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Avalanche are 10-3 in their last 13 vs. Western Conference.
  • Avalanche are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.

VIDEO

The last meeting:

Some highlights of the Canucks-Avalanche 1996 first round series:

The title of this post has been brought to you by Rage Against The Machine:

GO CANUCKS GO!

Time for these guys to get going again:

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