Sat. 12:00 PM PST
H. Sedin: 11-27-38
|10-6-3||ROAD RECORD / HOME RECORD||10-7-2|
|2.62 (15)||GOALS PER GAVE AVERAGE||2.32 (28)|
|2.28 (4)||GOALS AGAINST PER GAME AVERAGE||3.07 (26)|
|1.21 (6)||5 ON 5 GF / GA||0.82 (26)|
|13.8 (27)||POWER PLAY %||14.2 (25)|
|83.2 (10)||PENALTY KILL %||80.5 (20)|
|47.2 (27)||FACEOFF WINS %||51.0 (10)|
|396 (25)||ROAD HITS / HOME HITS
|464 (28)||BLOCKED SHOTS||679 (1)|
|158 (21)||MINOR PENALTIES TAKEN||172 (28)|
The Canucks have dominated the Avalanche this season, going 3-0 and outscoring them 10-3. The have also beaten them 9 times in a row. This is the final meeting between these 2 teams. Will the Avs show any pride at all against Vancouver? I say...yes. Quite possibly. Perhaps. Maybe. Probably not. Not at all, they are fucked!
After Roberto Luongo sat for a long time as Cory Schneider was playing lights-out, he most likely finds himself sitting again in this one, because of Schneider gets over the flu he will play. The Canucks will continue to Ride The Schneid. Unfortunate for Luongo, however the Canucks do play back to back games Monday and Tuesday. I look further ahead with this scenario. IF Schneider would falter in the playoffs, you know Luongo will take the ball and run with it. You know that it doesn't seem to matter how long he sits, he comes ready to play this season. He HAS to. He has to sell himself if he's ever gonna get out of here in the off season.
The big news for the Canucks forwards is that after benching Jannik Hansen for the second half of the 3rd period, Alain Vigneault will play Beaker with the Sedins on Saturday. I see what he is up to. A solid motivational tactic. That moves Alexandre Burrows down to line 2 with Ryan Kesler and Zack Kassian, which I look forward to seeing, and Mason Raymond down to line 3 with Derek Roy and Dale Weise. Now, Weise is Weise, but it will be fun to watch Roy and Raymond hopefully connect. Of course, now that I say that it will probably be Weise that bags 2. Hey, you never know. All I know is that AV is going for versatility in the lineup before the playoffs and it is a wise thing to do.
As Jannik Hansen put it:
"We’re all pretty confident jumping around in the lineup and not ruining any chemistry."
FOR THE AVALANCHE. No Milan Hejduk and probably no Shane O'Brien either (aww..I wanted him to give us more power plays!)
SCORE-PREDICTING WIZARDS UPDATE
Nathaniel Perlow: 11
Twin Terror: 11
patrik e: 9
Meat Mayos: 6
Sean Zandberg: 5
Geordie Nuck: 4
team pinnelli: 4
Coach Ryan: 1
Kent Basky: 1
AV talks about the lineup changes:
The last meeting between these 2 teams was beautiful:
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