Game 78: Avalanche At Canucks Preview: Smoke Cigarettes And Drink My Whiskey

AVALANCHE

CANUCKS

AT

Time Wed. 7:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac.
Season Series 5-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
3-2 Canucks Mar.24/12
The Enemy Mile High Hockey Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 13-60-73 O'Reilly: 18-37-55
Avalanche
Category Canucks
40-32-6 Season Record 46-21-9
10th
Conference Position 2nd
Lost 3
Streak Won 3
18-17-4
< Road Record / Home Record >
22-10-4
5-3-2
Last 10 5-4-1
-6
Goals For / Against +/- +43
2.46 (24)
Goals Per Game Average
2.93 (7)
2.63 (14)
Goals Against Per Game Average
2.37 (4)
0.95 (17)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.17 (6)
18.7 (9)
Power Play %
20.6 (3)
83.1 (13)
Penalty Kill %
85.9 (6)
51.9 (5)
Faceoffs % 52.0 (3)
1806 (13)
Hits
1704 (18)
1041 (18)
Blocked Shots
943 (27)
11.1 (15)
PIM's Per Game Average
13.2 (27)
NHL.com

Since March 10, the Canucks have played 7 games. Out of those 7 games, 6 have been decided by 1 goal. They are keeping 'em close lately, aren't they? Working on that defence...and it's looking good.

The Canucks have won 3 in a row for the first time since February 19.

The Avalanche have lost 3 in a row for the first time since February 4. Their 5-1 loss to the Sharks last game isn't helping fan's anxiety levels. They are currently in 10th partially due to the Canucks bumping them out a few days ago, but are only 1 point away from 8th. Wow, the Canucks have beaten the Avs 5 times this season. A win for Vancouver tonight would mean a sweep of those punks, and our boys keeping pace with the Blues (who won't cool off).4

Still plenty of big names for the Canucks not cashing in on the scoresheet (see below). When Booth, Kesler and Burrows go over 5 games without registering a point the third line really becomes the second line the way they have been playing lately. Get it going, line 2!

COLD CANUCKS

-David Booth: 0 points in his last 5 games.

-Alexandre Burrows: 0 points in his last 6 games.

-Zack Kassian: 0 points in his last 10.

-Ryan Kesler: 0 points in his last 6.

-Dale Weise: 0 points in his last 9.

SMOKIN' CANUCKS

-Mason Raymond: 2 goals and 1 assist in his last 3 games.

-Henrik Sedin: 3 assists in his last 3 games.

-Chris Higgins: 2 goals in his last 2.

-Kevin Bieksa: 2 assists in his last 2 games.

-All of these "Smokin'" Canucks were held off the scoresheet last game but I cut them some slack.

PROJECTED ROSTERS

CANUCKS


Cory Schneider

#35 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-2

195

Mar 18, 1986



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

Olver - Duchene - Hejduk

McLeod - McClement - Kobasew

Hejda - O'Byrne

O'Brien - Johnson

Hunwick - Wilson

TEAM STATS

-CANUCKS

-AVALANCHE


INJURIES

-Via TSN: Canucks are without Daniel Sedin, Aaron Rome (injured by Avs' Kobasew....he'll pay) and Keith Ballard. Andrew Ebbett is getting close. The Avalanche look healthy, but are dead to me.

TRENDS

  • Avalanche are 4-0 in their last 4 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
  • Avalanche are 5-1 in their last 6 Wednesday games.
  • Avalanche are 18-7 in their last 25 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Avalanche are 5-2 in their last 7 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.
  • Canucks are 11-3 in their last 14 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Canucks are 5-2 in their last 7 Wednesday games.
  • More at Covers.com.

VIDEO

The last meeting, only a few days ago:

Blast from the past: Jovo KO's Deadmarsh!

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GO CANUCKS GO!

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