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Time 7:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series (2009/10) 1-0-0 Canucks
Last Meeting 3-0 Canucks (02-11-10)
The Enemy Litter Box Cats Scoring Leaders   Sedins/Ehrhoff: 1 Reasoner/Bernier: 2
Panthers
Category Canucks
0-1-0 Season Record 0-0-1
13th Conference Position 12th
NA
Last 10 NA
2.0 (24)
Goals Per Game 1.0 (29)
3.0 (20)
Least Goals Against Per Game 1.0 (1)
0.67 (19)
5 On 5 GF/GA 2.33 (6)
0 (27)
Power Play %
20.0 (9)
100 (1) Penalty Kill %
83.3 (15)
28 (23)
Shots Per Game 24 (28)
13.0 (1)
Least Shots Against Per Game 32.0 (16)
0
Winning % When Scoring First 0
0
Winning % When Leading After 1 0
0
Winning % When Trailing After 1 0
0
Winning % When Leading After 2 0
0
Winning % When Trailing After2 0
66.7 (1)
Faceoffs % 46.4 (23)
4.0 (1)
Least PIM's Per Game 12.0 (8)
-1 (20)
+ / - GF/GA (see here)
0 (18)

The Canucks may have lost their first game of the season on Saturday, but I thought they looked pretty good anyway. There seems to be a sense of calm and confidence to their game from the goalie-out. That being said, they took 6 minor penalties to the Kings' 5. They were outshot 32-24 and Roberto Luongo was terrific. We'll see if they can be a little more disciplined against Lou's former team the Florida Panthers.

The Panthers dropped

their season opener on Sunday night 3-2 to the flashy Oilers (amidst controversy) despite outshooting them 28-13. Wow, are they preaching defence in Florida or what? They don't have much of a choice. They don't have lot of guns up front unless you count Marty Reasoner and Steve Bernier as snipers. Well, they each had 2 points against the Coilers, but you just know that the Panthers are going to struggle all year long in the goal scoring department. They will also rely heavily on Stephen Weiss and David Booth to put pucks in the net. It is their time to shine, and they have not done so in their NHL careers, yet. Meanwhile, their former sniper of choice, Nathan Horton is lighting it up in Boston.

It's rebuild time in Florida. It's also a team that the Canucks should feast on.

MISC

-For the second straight game the Canucks play a team with at least one former Canuck from the 2009-10 roster: Steve Bernier and Darcy Hordichuk. If Hordi scores, call an ambulance because I'll have alcohol poisoning.

-Mason Raymond had 5 shots against the Kings.

-The Panthers' line 4 consists of Bernier-Reasoner-Hordichuk.

-Dan Hamhuis easily led all Canucks in icetime in Game 1 playing 25:41.

-With Alexandre Bolduc scheduled to miss this game with an ankle sprain, Jeff Tambellini jumps in, and I hope he really jumps in and makes an impact.

-I didn't mind Raffi Torres' grit on line 2 in game 1 but we shall see if the ever-line-shuffling Alain Vigneault keeps him there.

-A decent read about Steve Bernier and a bit about Darcy Hordichuk at the Sun Sentinal.