Canucks At Hurricanes Preview: Figure It Out

"Canucks, you're breaking my heart." SOBS
Time Sunday, 10:00 AM PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series -
Last Meeting
4-3 Hurricanes, Dec. 15/11
The Enemy Canes Country coring Leaders H. Sedin: 7-20-27
E. Staal: 6-12-18

CANUCKS
CATEGORY
CANES
13-10-5 SEASON RECORD 10-11-5
31 POINTS 25
9th CONFERENCE POSITION 11th
Lost 1
STREAK Lost 1
2-5-3 LAST 10 4-4-2
8-5-2 ROAD RECORD / HOME RECORD 6-5-4
2.61 (17)
GOALS PER GAME AVERAGE 2.08 (29)
2.57 (15) GOALS AGAINST PER GAME AVERAGE 2.77 (20)
1.06 (16) 5 ON 5 GF / GA 0.69 (28)
13.0 (26) POWER PLAY % 12.8 (27)
88.0 (1) PENALTY KILL % 79.8 (18)
33.0 (3) SHOTS/GAME AVG 28.4 (22)
51.0 (13) FACEOFF WINS % 50.4 (15)
533 (21) HITS
606 (17)
416 (7) BLOCKED SHOTS 360 (19)
104 (20) MINOR PENALTIES TAKEN 98 (13)
NHL.COM

OK, Canucks, let's try this again. Here is another Eastern Conference team with a losing record and lousy in so many of the main statistical categories.

It baffles me to see an effort like the Canucks put up against the Rangers, especially when they are sitting 3 points out of a playoff spot. This team looks completely confident one game and then fragile the next. The problems on the ice are at every position really. Not everyone is on the same page, leading to defensive breakdowns and a real lack of goal-scoring. Is it so hard to roof the puck? Or just shoot it 16" off the ice away from the goalie's belly? The puck movement looked shaky again. The shots were predictable and even delayed. It allows the goalie to get in position as well as the shot blockers to get in the lanes. Get it up and hurry it up!

Maybe it was a November thing. The Canucks finished No(!)vember with a 4-5-4 record. Good thing they got some loser points out of it. I blame Pavel Bure and his wife. When they raised his #10 to the rafters in game 1 of November the Canucks blew up the Leafs 4-0. It's been up and down like a whore's shorts ever since. The curse of the "russian rockets", I say!

All I know is that it's another morning game and I don't want another downer on a weekend morning. Not 2 in a row. Figure it out, Canucks. This is about MY feelings, dammit.

KNOW YOUR ENEMY

The Hurricanes are going to be another team playing desperate hockey as they are 3 points out of a playoff spot. They have been playing up and down hockey all season so far, it seems. They have not won more than 2 games in a row all season. They played the Devils twice this past week, winning one and losing the other 5-2 on Friday.

PROJECTED HURRICANES ROSTER

Gerbe - E. Staal - Ruutu

Tlusty - J. Staal - Dwyer

Skinner - Riley Nash - Elias Lindholm

Bowman - MALHOTRA - Dvorak

Hainsey - Faulk

Harrison - Ryan Murphy

Brett Bellemore - Komisarek

Ward

Injuries: Joni Pitkanen, Alexander Semin, Tim Gleason (questionable vs Van) , Andrej Sekera (questionable vs Van), Anton Khudobin.

Also starring:

Yes, I altered their tweet.

TOP 5 SCORERS

1. E. Staal: 6-12-18

2. Sekera: 5-8-13

3. Skinner: 4-7-11

4. Gerbe: 5-5-10

5. Faulk: 1-9-10

CANUCKS MISC

Just win, dammit. Enough of this BS.

HE SAID IT

"I just know he (Edler) was playing really well prior to that ridiculous suspension," Tortorella said. "It shouldn’t have been.

"So I’m going to blame Shanahan on this one. For his crappy play, I’ll blame Brendan for it.

"No, not (really). I just thought he was playing really well and assertive and we just seemed to lose some of that after his suspension."

Which was a lot nicer than what he was saying here:

Tortsreamsoutedler_medium

One thing both this gif and the Hansen one show is Torts pointing down, which means the player's ass is stapled to the bench.

YOU MADE MY SHITLIST

Anybody not named David Booth or Jannik Hansen. Burrows, for pete's sakes snap out of it. We need goals.

TRENDS

  • Canucks are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Metropolitan.
  • Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
  • Canucks are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference.
  • Canucks are 20-8 in their last 28 vs. a team with a losing record.
  • Canucks are 3-14 in their last 17 Sunday games. AIEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
  • Hurricanes are 6-1 in their last 7 Sunday games.
  • Hurricanes are 8-19 in their last 27 home games.
  • Hurricanes are 2-9 in their last 11 vs. Western Conference.

SCORE-PREDICTING WIZARDS UPDATE

Passive Voice: 10

gmonk33: 8

marcness52: 8

Bobby Canuck: 7

FormerHab: 7

Geordie Nuck: 7

Nathaniel Perlow: 7

Zanstorm: 7

Azzy Mahmood: 6

Coach Ryan: 6

nucksandpucks: 6

Tengeresz: 6

Twitchy2010: 5

jwolf0: 4

Tim Burke: 4

itsahardknocklife: 3

Nathan k: 3

Nose_Face: 3

westy99: 3

AK_nuk: 2

Brock: 2

ChuckinNux: 2 (Called Nash to score the winner)

John Carroll: 2

kiwinuck: 2

prairienucker: 2

Smoboy41: 2

vancitydan: 2

Vancouverguy: 2

canuck89: 1

Kent Basky: 1

patrik e: 1

seedvt: 1

thesporteditor: 1

VIDEO

The last meeting was a crazy affair. Check out the goaltending of Cam Ward:

At least the end of the Canucks-Rangers game was amusing:

Earlier in November, the tossed-aside Manny Malhotra did this with his new team:

The title of this preview post has been brought to you by Tori Amos:

HEY CANUCKS...

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I don't know you anymore...

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