Game 81: Canucks And Flames Preview: Beyond The Door There's Peace I'm Sure

CANUCKS

FLAMES

AT

Time Thu. 6:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac.
Season Series 3-2 Canucks
Last Meeting
3-2 Canucks Mar.31/12
The Enemy Matchsticks And Gasoline Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 13-67-80 Iginla: 32-34-66
Canucks
Category Flames
50-21-9 Season Record 35-29-16
1st
Conference Position 11th
Won 7
Streak Lost 3
24-11-5
< Road Record / Home Record >
21-12-6
8-1-1
Last 10 2-4-4
+49
Goals For / Against +/- -28
2.95 (6) +
Goals Per Game Average
2.39 (26)
2.35 (4)
Goals Against Per Game Average
2.66 (15)
1.19 (4) +
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.85 (27)
20.0 (4) -
Power Play %
18.2 (13)
85.7 (6)
Penalty Kill %
84.0 (9)

The Canucks have recalled Byron Bitz today to replace the injured Zack Kassian.

Chris Tanev was given a maintenance day today. Keith Ballard traveled with the team to Calgary but is not quite ready to play yet. Kevin Bieksa may not play either of the Canucks' final 2 games, but if the playoffs started today he would play. Source: Canucks.com.

The Canucks now only lead the Blues by 2 points as St. Louis lost in OT to Detroit tonight and got the single point for losing. Vancouver will most likely have to win out to take the West.

I'd love for the Flames to lay down and get beaten to a pulp in this one but...look at their home record above and really, there is no love here and I don't see them mailing it in against their rival.

OK, on to something more important. Bryan Reynolds, an editor at Hockey Wilderness, which is SBN's Minnesota Wild site, lost a member of his family yesterday: his niece's daughter, Peyton Isabella. Peyton was only 3 months old. A tragedy. The family is having a hard time paying the vast funeral/misc costs and Mr. Reynolds has bravely asked for help. It hits home for me because I lost my father recently, so I want to help out.

So, in honor of little Peyton, I will donate $50 for every 1000 comments in the Canucks-Flames Game Thread on Thursday night. That way you can all help out too.

Also, if you feel inclined to help out Peyton's family financially you can do so here. The help for them is amazing so far. People have chipped in $5289 as of 10:26 pm tonight (Wednesday). Their goal is $7000, so this is a terrific story of giving.

That is all I have to say tonight. There are no words to describe such a young life ending. My thoughts go out to Mr. Reynolds and Peyton's parents and family. May you respect the grieving process and keep walking through the ups and downs that you now face. Take care.

COLD CANUCKS

-David Booth: 0 points in his last 9 games. C'mon Booth, WTF.

-Ryan Kesler: 1 assist in his last 10. Line 2 needs a pulse.

-Dale Weise: 0 points in his last 10.

-Chris Tanev: 0 points in his last 10.

COOKIN' CANUCKS

-Maxim Lapierre: 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 games. C'est parfait!

-Henrik Sedin: 7 assists in his last 3 games. WOOO!! How do you say "monster" in Swedish?

-Chris Higgins: 5 goals in his last 6. Holla!

-Alexandre Burrows: 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 3. Heating up at the right time!

-Marc-Andre Gragnani: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 3.

-Alexander Edler: 3 assists in his last 2 games.

MORE TEAM STATS

[FACEOFFS] [HITS] [BLOCKED SHOTS] [GIVEAWAYS] [TAKEAWAYS] [AVG PENALTY MIN / GAME]

PROJECTED ROSTERS / LINES

-Canucks. Cory Schneider starts.

-Flames. Unconfirmed who starts in goal there.

INJURIES

-For both teams

TRENDS

  • Canucks are 5-0 in their last 5 Thursday games.
  • Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record.
  • Canucks are 49-16 in their last 65 vs. Northwest.
  • Canucks are 9-3 in their last 12 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
  • Canucks are 15-6 in their last 21 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Ready for some fail?
  • Flames are 7-2 in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • Flames are 2-9 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Flames are 1-6 in their last 7 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Flames are 1-8 in their last 9 overall.
  • Flames are 1-8 in their last 9 vs. Western Conference.
  • Flames are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Northwest.
  • More at Covers.com.

VIDEO

The last meeting:

Let's look into the future and see what the Flames will be doing next week:

The title of this post is brought to you by Eric Clapton:

GO CANUCKS GO!

REST IN PEACE, LITTLE PEYTON ISABELLA.

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