Coyotes At Canucks Game Preview: Troops Of Doom

DOOOOOOOM - Uh...SLAYER
COYOTES

CANUCKS

AT

Time Tues. 7:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series 2011-12: 2-2
Last Meeting
5-4 Coyotes Mar.14/12
The Enemy Five For Howling Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 7-12-19
Vrbata: 4-8-12

Coyotes

Category

Canucks

8-7-3
Season Record
10-4-4
19
Points
24
9th
Conference Position
3rd
Lost 1
Streak
Lost 1
6-3-1
Last 10
6-2-2
2-4-2
< Road Record / Home Record >
5-2-2
2.72 (16)
Goals Per Game Average
2.78 (14)
2.61 (15)
Goals Against Per Game Average
2.44 (10)
0.92 (21)
5 On 5 GF/GA
1.22 (6)
17.1 (16)
Power Play %
18.2 (13)
84.4 (7)
Penalty Kill %
79.4 (19)
52.8 (6)
Faceoffs %
49.6 (19)
437 (9)
Hits
409 (13)
283 (6)
Blocked Shots
216 (26)
67 (7)
Minor Penalties Taken
82 (22)
NHL.com

I knew it. I f**king knew it. The Canucks went into Detroit having played 3 road games in 4 nights (and 4 in 6). It just wasn't going to add up in the stamina category. I am sure they flew straight home after the massacre in Detroit and hugged their wives, kids, dogs, one-night stands or whatever and will be a lot more rested and focused for this home game against the damned Phoenix Coyotes, another team not quite in the playoff picture but very close. Another reason for a probable better effort? They don't play again until SATURDAY. At home against the Kings. That will be the longest break they get for the rest of the regular season.

Another reason: YOGA. Yup.

Fatigue. Yes I am factoring it in as an excuse for Sunday. A big factor. I have not read any mainstream media shit (except for the yoga link above) or been on Shitter or any forms since the Sunday loss, but I can imagine there's a lot of head-scratching and knee-jerking. Don't get caught up in that. Don't get caught up in Chicago's colossal point streak either. That shit will fall apart soon enough. Oh, and about that President's Trophy? F*ck the President's Trophy. Nice to have the home ice throughout the playoffs, but it's not mandatory.

None of that concerns me. What concerns me is the team's lack of identity. And by that I mean, mostly, there's still a lot of juggling going on with the lines, especially on defence. David Booth has not found a home on this team yet, and he's injured...again. Same goes for Jason Garrison. This kind of stuff I would like to see cleared up, HOWEVER...golly gee the team still has a 10-4-4 record. They still got 5 of 8 points on that last road trip. Just think of how good these guys are gonna be when it all comes together.

Gotta love Luongo's attitude after the Detroit game:

As for this game: expect boring and may we be surprised with the opposite happening. Phoenix may still be competitive, but the Canucks gotta take this one.

The Canucks, by my count, are 4-4-3 against non division opponents this season and 6-0-1 against the pathetic Northwest. That somewhat concerns me, yea.

PROJECTED ROSTERS / LINES

Schneider

Sedin - Sedin - Burrows

Hansen - Kesler - Higgins

Raymond - Schroeder - Kassian

Weise - Lapierre - Volpatti

Edler - Garrison

Hamhuis - Tanev

Ballard - Alberts

For the Dogs:

Smith

Korpikoski - Vermette - Sullivan

Doan - Gordon - RAFFI

Boedker - Lombardi - Moss

Johnson - Chipchura - Bissonnette

Michalek - Ekman-Larsson

Yandle - Michael Stone

Klesla - Chris Summers


TRENDS

  • Coyotes are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Coyotes are 8-2 in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Coyotes are 42-20 in their last 62 vs. Northwest.
  • Coyotes are 6-13 in their last 19 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
  • Coyotes are 3-8 in their last 11 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
  • Coyotes are 2-6 in their last 8 road games.
  • Coyotes are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Canucks are 3-8 in their last 11 vs. Pacific. FUCK SHIT
  • Canucks are 1-4 in their last 5 games following a loss of 3 or more goals. WHAT??? OH NOES!
  • However, 72% of the experts at Covers.com pick the Canucks to win this one.

YOU MADE MY SHITLIST

Ah geez, I hate to do this...but Jason Garrison is on my shitlist. I already picked on Booth last game preview then the fucker calls in sick. Now, Garrison was not in the negatives 5 on 5 versus Detroit but I don't care. 2 goals, 1 assist and 27 shots on goal in 18 games this season is not giving us enough. I don't care if he took a hometown discount. In all honesty, he seems like a cool cat though, so I am pulling for him to become that power play weapon and point producer that we need him to be. But Mr. Garrison, please hurry it up.


SCORE-PREDICTING WIZARDS LEADERBOARD

Only Booth-hater patrick e got a point last game for picking Zatta to score the winning goal.The rest of you are a bunch of brainwashed homers. I jest.

Twin Terror: 8
Bobby Canuck: 6
andrew21nz: 4
FormerHab: 4
Meat Mayos: 4
raincity: 4
marcness52: 3
patrik e: 3
westy99: 3
ChuckinNux: 2
EvianBubble: 2
gmonk33: 2
Nathaniel Perlow: 2
PeaceJo: 2
Sean Zandberg: 2
seedvt: 2
YorkAveOrca: 2
beardstache: 1
dshaps: 1
Geordie Nuck: 1
Kent Basky: 1
KYCanuck: 1
NS_Cix: 1
radepalma: 1
Tangent: 1
Thursday: 1
Twitchy2010: 1
vancitydan: 1
Vancouverguy: 1

VIDEO

Just for the hell of it, a David Booth goal vs Phoenix:

I miss you, Raffi, I really do:

The title of this post has been brought to you by Sepultura:

I love how they always played that song faster live.

GO CANUCKS GO!

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