Game 66: Sabres At Canucks Preview: I Remember You

SABRES

CANUCKS

AT

Time Sat. 7:00 PM PST
TV CBC
Season Series 0 - 0
Last Meeting
4-3 Sabres Nov.15/10
The Enemy Die By The Blade Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 13-53-66 Pominville: 23-36-59
Sabres
Category Canucks
29-27-8 Season Record 41-16-8
11th
Conference Position 1st
Won 2
Streak Won 1
13-16-1
< Road Record / Home Record >
19-6-4
5-3-2
Last 10 7-1-2
-23
Goals For / Against +/- +50
2.36 (26)
Goals Per Game Average
3.06 (5) -
2.75 (19)
Goals Against Per Game Average
2.29 (6)
0.97 (15)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.22 (5)
15.9 (22)
Power Play %
21.4 (3) -
80.9 (20)
Penalty Kill %
86.7 (5)
49.6 (19)
Faceoffs % 52.1 (4) -
1151 (30)
Hits
1428 (18)
816 (23)
Blocked Shots
779 (27)
540 (10)
Giveaways
459 (18) -
401 (21)
Takeaways
421 (19) -
12.1 (21)
PIM's Per Game Average
13.2 (27)
NHL.com


It's great that we get to face Cody Hodgson and his streaking Sabres so soon after the trade. Now let's beat that punk and his mates and f*** their playoff chances. Sure that sounds cruel but this is an important game for both sides and Buffalo, a team I always have liked, is in the way of Vancouver securing first spot in the NHL. The Sabres, who have won 2 straight, both games by shutout (I think Ryan Miller has stopped over 80 consecutive shots), are fighting for their playoff lives and still have a chance to get in.

The Sabres fans I have chatted with say the addition of Hodgson has lit a fire under the ass of the team. I'd say their last 2 games support that theory. Cody may have no points in those 2 games but you notice him when he is out there. The same

can be said about Canucks' Zack Kassian, who is very noticeable out there with all the hits he lays out. What I wouldn't give to see him turn on the goal light against his former team. I prefer blanks from Hodgson. I even hope a Canuck player cranks him. Yeah...I said it.

So....the Canucks have changed strategies now? Going for the uber-defensive style of 2007? While I like the team playing better defence because let's face it, they were giving up way too many odd-man rushes against over the whole f***ing season, it won't be so boring if the ice cold Canucks get scoring again. And since these top 6 suckers (and beyond) are still slumping I would like to update the list:

ICE COLD CANUCKS

The Sedins are mini-slumping again STILL. Unacceptable!

-Dank has 1 assist in his last 4.

-Hank has zero points in his last 4.

-Kesler has 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 6.

-Booth has 1 assist in his last 8!

-Jannik Hansen has no points in his last 6.

-Raymond has 2 goals in his last 8, but 2 in his last 4.

Unreal.

Hey! Apparently Kevin Bieksa and Zack Kassian are going to be the guests on HNIC's After Hours after the game. May it be on a winning note, because Detroit looks to be heating up again.

-Let's face it though, this whole storyline of Hodgson vs Kassian will be massively overshadowed on HNIC by all the talk of Ron Wilson getting canned and Randy Carlyle taking his spot (a move I support 100% by the way).

PROJECTED ROSTERS


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Roberto Luongo 41 2398 25 10 92 2.30 1173 1081 .922 2


Dank Sedin - Hank Sedin - Alexandre Burrows

David Booth - KesLORD -Mason Raymond

Jannik Hansen - Sammy Pahlsson -Chris Higgins

Zack Kassian - Manny Malhotra - Maxim Lapierre

Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa

Alex Edler - Sami Salo

Marc-Andre Gragnani - Aaron Rome


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Ryan Miller 45 2561 21 17 110 2.58 1295 1185 .915 5

Vanek - Roy - Pominville

Ennis - Hodgson - Stafford

Gerbe - Leino - Kaleta

Ellis - Boyes - Tropp

Leopold - Myers

Sekera - Regehr

Ehrhoff - Weber

INJURIES

-Via TSN: Sabres have been without Jochan Hecht and Cody McCormick for quite a while now. Canucks obviously without the great Keith Ballard (concussion) and a slew of other 4th line soldiers.

TRENDS

  • Sabres are 6-0 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Sabres are 5-1 in their last 6 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Sabres are 5-1 in their last 6 overall.
  • Sabres are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog.
  • Sabres are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Northwest.
  • Sabres are 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win.
  • Sabres are 3-7 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Sabres are 1-7 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
  • Sabres are 1-7 in their last 8 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
  • Sabres are 1-8 in their last 9 Saturday games.
  • Canucks are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. Northeast.
  • Canucks are 11-2 in their last 13 Saturday games.
  • Canucks are 10-2 in their last 12 vs. Eastern Conference.
  • Sabres are 0-5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Vancouver. Woo!

VIDEO

The last meeting, long ago:

Woo! Goalie brawl! Shields vs Burke '98 Canucks-Sabres:

The title of this post has been brought to you by Skid Row:

GO CANUCKS GO!

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