|Time||Mon, 7:00 PM PST
|Season Series||(09/10) 1-0 Canucks
5-2 Canucks (Dec.02/09)
|The Enemy||In Lou We Trust||Scoring Leaders|| Daniel Sedin: 7-5-12 Dainius Zubrus: 1-6-7
|15th||Conference Position||11th v
||< Road Record / Home Record >
||Goals Per Game||2.67 (18) ^
||Least Goals Against Per Game||2.44 (9) v
||5 On 5 GF/GA||0.94 (19) v
||Power Play %
||22.9 (7) -
||Penalty Kill %
||83.8 (14) ^
||Shots Per Game||31.3 (13) ^
||Least Shots Against Per Game||30.8 (18) v
||Winning % When Scoring First||60.0 (22) -
||Winning % When Leading After 1||75.0 (18) -
||Winning % When Trailing After 1||25.0 (18)
||Winning % When Leading After 2||66.7
||Winning % When Trailing After2||0
||Faceoffs %||56.3 (2) -
||Least PIM's Per Game||15.2 (21) ^
||+ / - GF/GA (see here)
||0 (17) ^
Update: (8:14 AM): Martin Brodeur is 6-10-0 with a 2.91 goals-against average in his career versus the Canucks, while Roberto Luongo is 6-13-0 with a 3.00 GAA lifetime when facing the Devils. (Miami Herald)
Update (9:58 PM): If Kevin Bieksa fails to register a point against the Devils, it will be a personal worst streak in his tenure as a Canuck. More on Bieksa at the Province.
Update (8:37 PM): Ryan Parent injured his groin at practice on Sunday. It is being called a mild groin strain. Andrew Alberts, who tweaked his knee last Tuesday against the Avalanche, is expected to play against the Devils. Dan Hamhuis' bruised foot is still sore. He is highly doubtful for Monday's game, and possibly the next 2 road games as well (Globe and Mail). Damn! So the math is: If Ballard cannot play, someone from the Moose has to.
Wow, what is going on with the Devils? Dead last in the East. Dead last in the NHL on the power play and in goals for. 29th in goals for/against 5 on 5. Almost too many issues to list. Their worst start in franchise history. Somewhat like Vancouver, New Jersey's defence core is being decimated by injuries: Anton Volchenkov (stiff neck/broken nose), Mark Fraser (broken hand), Anssi Salmela (knee), Bryce Salvador (concussion) and Matthew Corrente (broken hand) are all out. Another crucial blow to a team that isn't scoring enough goals is that Zach Parise was flown back to New Jersey on Saturday night from what is believed to be a nagging knee injury that keeps getting worse. Parise was off to a slow start with only 3 goals and 6 points in 12 games. He and
Ilya Kovalchuk are the Devils' top 2 forwards. Ah, Kovalchuk. What a rough start to the season with that uncharacteristic (by NJ standards) contract. He has only 1 goal and no assists in his last 4 games since being a healthy scratch on October 23, a game which the Devils lost 6-1 to the Sabres. His goal came the following night in a 3-1 loss to the Rangers. He, like Parise, only has 3 goals and 6 points on the season.
The Devils are 1-3 in their last 4. They have scored 6 goals and given up 12 in that span. Want me to keep going? Andy Greene? Supposed to be a top 2 d-man guy? Has 4 points and a -10 in 12 games? What percentage of Devils fans want coach John MacLean's head on a platter? Just don't tell Lou Lamoriello that. He called such a notion "ridiculous" and is putting the onus on the Devils' top forwards.
Alas, NJ fans have faith! You're playing the Canucks. We are full of surprises! We have a sickening natural tendency of allowing players to break out of slumps! Unfortunately, the Canucks are 4-0-1 at home, where they have scored 17 goals and allowed 8. So...seems less likely.
Will the Canucks be charged or rusty after a 6 day layoff? Hell, I feel rusty! I'm also tired of waiting.
Keith Ballard (concussion) will be a game time decision. Not so sure about Dan Hamhuis though. Alexandre Burrows is not eligible to come off the long term injury list until Tuesday's game.
Misc: Read and laugh (or not)
The last time these 2 teams went head to head:
How about the Canucks walloping the Devils in 2007?
TSN's Top 10 Brodeur/Luongo saves!