Game 67: Stars At Canucks Preview: It Will All Be Worth It In The End

STARS

CANUCKS

AT

Time Tues. 7:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac.
Season Series 1-0 Stars
Last Meeting
3-2 Stars Feb.26/12
The Enemy Defending Big D Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 13-53-66 Eriksson: 22-37-59
Stars
Category Canucks
35-26-5 Season Record 41-17-8
3rd
Conference Position 1st
Won 2
Streak Lost 1
17-14-2
< Road Record / Home Record >
19-7-4
7-1-2
Last 10 6-2-2
-4
Goals For / Against +/- +48
2.56 (18)
Goals Per Game Average
3.06 (4) +
2.64 (13)
Goals Against Per Game Average
2.33 (6)
1.02 (12)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.21 (5)
14.6 (27)
Power Play %
21.0 (3)
82.5 (11)
Penalty Kill %
86.8 (5)
49.2 (21)
Faceoffs % 52.1 (4)
1794 (2)
Hits
1457 (18)
1016 (6)
Blocked Shots
789 (27)
488 (14)
Giveaways
473 (18)
452 (14)
Takeaways
429 (19)
11.9 (20)
PIM's Per Game Average
13.1 (27)
NHL.com


I thought the first game of the season between these 2 on February 26 might be a little more feisty. It wasn't. It was more of a chess match and a blown 2-0 Canucks lead only to lose in OT. They play 3 times this month. Last time, the Stars were clinging to a playoff berth. Today, Dallas is on top of the pacific (barely) and 3rd in the West. Wow. The Stars have won 6 of their last 7 games, with their only loss coming in a shootout vs Shitsburgh. These guys are cruising.

The Canucks have beaten the Stars 5 straight times at the Rog. Just FYI. If the top line gets going....finally... Booth keeps scoring, Zack Kassian keeps up his massive attack and the team plays a solid 60, they can make it 6. But that's asking a lot lately. Oooo, it's bitter and cold over here!

ICE COLD CANUCKS

The Sedins are mini-slumping again STILL. Unacceptable! STILL! MOVE IT!

-Dank has 1 assist in his last 5.

-Hank has zero points in his last 5.

-Jannik Hansen has no points in his last 7.

-Alex Edler: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 11.

-Sami Salo: 1 assist in his last 6 games.


CANUCKS HEATING UP

-David Booth: 2 goals against the Sabres.

-Zack Kassian: 1 goal and 1 assist against the Sabres.

-Alexandre Burrows: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 2 games.

-Kevin Bieksa: 3 assists in his last 2 games.

-Dan Hamhuis: 4 assists in his last 5 games.

PROJECTED ROSTERS


GP MIN W L OT GA GAA SA GA SV% SO
2011 - Roberto Luongo 46 2650 27 11 7 104 2.35 1301 104 .920 3


Dank Sedin - Hank Sedin - Alexandre Burrows

David Booth - KesLORD - Zack Kassian (if AV is smart)

Jannik Hansen - Sammy Pahlsson -Chris Higgins

Mason Raymond - 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 - Richard Bachman 14 744 7 3 32 2.58 379 347 .916 1


Steve Ott - Jamie Benn - Adam Burish

Loui Eriksson - Mike Ribeiro - Michael Ryder

Eric Nystrom - Vernon Fiddler - Radek Dvorak

Ryan Garbutt - Tom Wandell - Tomas Vincour

Sheldon Souray - Stephane Robidas

Alex Goligoski - Philip Larsen

Mark Fistric - Trevor Daley

INJURIES

-Via TSN: The Stars are without Brendan Morrow, Toby Peterson and Jake Dowell. The Canucks are without the usual Keith Ballard, Andrew Ebbett, Steve Pinizotto and Aaron Volpatti. Basically, a bunch of 4th liners and a doghouse guy.

TRENDS

  • Stars are 4-0 in their last 4 road games.
  • Stars are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. Northwest.
  • Stars are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
  • Stars are 6-1 in their last 7 overall.
  • Stars are 4-1 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Stars are 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win.
  • Stars are 19-7 in their last 26 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.
  • Stars are 21-8 in their last 29 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Stars are 2-5 in their last 7 Tuesday games.
  • Stars are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Stars are 1-4 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
  • Canucks are 13-5 in their last 18 vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Canucks are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Pacific.
  • Canucks are 2-6 in their last 8 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
  • Canucks are in trouble if their best players don't fucking score.
  • Much more at Covers.com.

VIDEO

The Last Meeting Between The Two:

Vernon Fiddler Makes That Game A Little More Interesting

Roberto Luongo: Last Man Standing. Stolen from PITB. Nice how a lot of the haters came out again after the Buffalo game. Yeesh.

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GO CANUCKS GO!

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