Coyotes At Canucks Preview: Spill The Blood

Time Friday 7:00 PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series 1-0 Coyotes
Last Meeting
3-2 Coyotes Nov. 5/13
The Enemy Five For Howling Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 7-21-28
Vrbata: 9-15-24
COYOTES
CATEGORY
CANUCKS
16-8-4 SEASON RECORD 15-10-5
36 POINTS 35
8th CONFERENCE POSITION 9th
Lost 1
STREAK Won 2
4-4-2 LAST 10 4-3-3
7-6-2 ROAD RECORD / HOME RECORD 5-5-3
3.14 (4)
GOALS PER GAME AVERAGE 2.63 (18)
3.14 (25) GOALS AGAINST PER GAME AVERAGE 2.50 (13)
1.09 (12) 5 ON 5 GF / GA 1.04 (16)
21.2 (7) POWER PLAY % 14.1 (25)
76.9 (27) PENALTY KILL % 89.0 (1)
31.5 (9) SHOTS/GAME AVG 32.9 (3)
52.1 (7) FACEOFF WINS % 51.1 (14)
763 (6) HITS
574 (21)
398 (16) BLOCKED SHOTS 447 (8)
113 (20) MINOR PENALTIES TAKEN 113 (22)
NHL.COM

Not a must-win game for Vancouver, but it sure would be sweet if they could defeat the team that stands in their way of a current playoff spot by ONE point. This is the first game of a 5-game home stand for the Canucks. Home, where the heart is but not the results.

What is it about the Coyotes? I really don't like anything about them except Shane Doan, who should be a Canuck. The rest of them can bleed. Especially you, Mike Smith.

KNOW YOUR ENEMY

The Coyotes have been playing a lot of win - loss hockey over the past few weeks. The last time they won 2 straight was on November 15. From October 22 to November 5 (against Vancouver) they were 6-1-0. They are 5-5-2 since then.

PROJECTED COYOTES ROSTER

Klinkhammer - Ribeiro - Moss

Kennedy - Hanzal - Vrbata

Boedker - Vermette - Doan

Chipchura - Halpern - Szwarz

Ekman-Larsson - Michael Stone

Yandle - Connor Murphy

Morris - Schlemko

Mike Smith

Doan may miss this this game due to illness. Zbynek Michalek may return after missing 8 games.

TOP PHOENIX SCORERS

1. Vrbata: 9-15-24

2. Doan: 12-11-23

3. Hanzal: 8-14-22

4. Ribeiro: 8-13-21

5. Yandle: 3-16-19

The Phoenix Coyotes are coming off back to back games against the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. They played a solid game against the Oilers, with plenty of offense, solid defense, and a win. The next night though they dropped the game against the Flames, while they scored first they couldn't keep the lead and the final score was 4-1.

The Coyotes play against the Flames left much to be desired, and although some of the Calgary goals were more deflections and luck then major defensive break downs, the team needed to show that they can come back from a deficit against one of the bottom teams in the NHL. In the past, the Coyotes have played up or down to their opponents, so we could see a better performance tonight against a much better Vancouver team.

-Game Preview at Five For Howling

CANUCKS MISC

-The Canucks will be without Alexander Edler, who appears to have suffered a knee injury. Edler leads the team with time on ice, so the Province projects a big increase in Chris Tanev's minutes.Of course, Andrew Alberts draws in, and he has not played since October 24.

HE SAID IT

"I'll say it again today and I've said it right on through. (Even though) we won three of four on the road, I thought we were playing better when we were losing games at home. There is no science to my thinking, home or away. We are trying to be the best we can every night. Obviously the last homestand we had some problems finishing games. We had some detail problems and I think we're beginning to iron those out. We're going to try and play a complete game against Phoenix and see where we fall."

-John Tortorella

More from Torts:

-David Booth will likely play with the Sedins again, and the second line appears to be Higgins-Kesler-Santorelli. Dalpe should be in. Roberto Luongo starts.

The last meeting:

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SCORE-PREDICTING WIZARDS UPDATE

marcness52: 12 (new leader, thanks to the alphabet!)

Passive Voice: 12

Bobby Canuck: 10

gmonk33: 10

Nathaniel Perlow: 10 (bags the 3 pointer!)

Coach Ryan: 8

FormerHab: 8

Geordie Nuck: 8

nucksandpucks: 7

Twitchy2010: 7

Zanstorm: 7

Azzy Mahmood: 6

Tengeresz: 6

jwolf0: 4

Nose_Face: 4

Tim Burke: 4

vancitydan: 4

itsahardknocklife: 3

Nathan k: 3

westy99: 3

AK_nuk: 2

Brock: 2

ChuckinNux: 2

John Carroll: 2

kiwinuck: 2

prairienucker: 2

seedvt: 2

Smoboy41: 2

Vancouverguy: 2

canuck89: 1

Kent Basky: 1

patrik e: 1

Puckhead1: 1 (welcome!)

thesporteditor: 1

GO CANUCKS GO!

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