Devils At Canucks Game Preview: Against All Odds

One way of curing dust in your eye... - Bruce Bennett
Time Tues. 7:00 PM PST
TV TSN, NHLN-US
Season Series What?
Last Meeting
2-1 Canucks, Feb. 24/12
The Enemy In Lou We Trust Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 0-5-5
Brunner: 3-0-3

DEVILS
CATEGORY
CANUCKS
0-1-2 SEASON RECORD 2-1-0
2 POINTS 4
13th CONFERENCE POSITION 5th
Lost 3
STREAK Won 2
- LAST 10 -
0-1-1 ROAD RECORD / HOME RECORD 1-0-0
2.33 (21)
GOALS PER GAVE AVERAGE 4.00 (3)
3.33 (20) GOALS AGAINST PER GAME AVERAGE 3.33 (22)
0.50 (23) 5 ON 5 GF / GA 0.75 (19)
14.3 (20) POWER PLAY % 15.4 (17)
85.7 (11) PENALTY KILL % 100 (1)
40.8 (29) FACEOFF WINS % 52.5 (11)
54 (5) ROAD HITS / HOME HITS
22 (17)
36 (11) BLOCKED SHOTS 46 (3)
6 (6) MINOR PENALTIES TAKEN 17 (29)
NHL.COM

Luongo vs Schneider. So soon. It's the storyline of the evening and you will not hear the end of the Luongo/Schneider debacle all evening so just prepare for it, ignore it, and enjoy the game.

The Devils play their second game in as many nights and may have a lot of jump in this one. They have to make amends for blowing a 3-0 lead on Monday night in Edmonton and inevitably losing 5-4 in a shootout. The Canucks showed us in their previous game against the Flames that a 2 goal deficit was not a big deal and beat the Lames in overtime on Mike Santorelli night. Can Santorelli stay hot? Given his work ethic I'd say it's quite possible.

To me, it's a bit about how Roberto Luongo plays but more about how Cory Schneider performs. If Cory plays lights out and the Devils win....well...the uneducated fans are going to rage. I want to the red light burn Schneider's neck and he gets pulled. No love here. Blow the Devils out and be done with it. OK, I can say I appreciated Schneider's efforts in Vancouver, don't get me wrong, and it was not his fault that he was traded, but it's in the past now. Get the 2 points, Canucks. Show no mercy.

Schneider did have this to say about Luongo before the Devils played the Oilers Monday night:

“I am obviously keeping tabs on him and seeing how he is doing. You don’t root for many guys outside your team, but he is a guy that I hope the best for just because of the kind of player and person he is. He is someone I think is easy to root for. Not on Tuesday night. But again, we are still friendly and we try to support each other.”


That from the Vancouver Sun.

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DEVILS

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Oh look, Ryane Clowe. Welcome back to the Rog you fiend! And Steve Bernier...oh geez. Remember the Stanley Cup Finals from 2 years ago? Kings vs Devils? It was game 6 and Mr. Bernier did this in the 1st period:

Ouch. The Kings would go on to score 3 straight power play goals on that 5 minute power play and won the game 6-1. Game over. Hey, I love picking on Bernier.

SOME TRENDS TO DIGEST

  • Devils are 14-6 in their last 20 Tuesday games.
  • Devils are 6-21 in their last 27 road games.
  • Devils are 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest.
  • Devils are 0-7 in their last 7 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game.
  • Canucks are 7-1 in their last 8 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
  • Canucks are 11-4 in their last 15 vs. Eastern Conference.
  • More at Covers.com.

SCORE-PREDICTING WIZARDS UPDATE

Vancouverguy: 2

gmonk33: 1

Tengeresz: 1

vancitydan:1

VIDEO

The last time the Devils and Canucks played each other:

Aaron Rome, baby.

The trade:

Canucks Hockey Blog's Clayton Imoo is at it again with a new song:

GO CANUCKS GO!

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