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Canucks @ Canadiens: Die...By My Hand!



Time Tues, 4:30 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series (09/10) 1-1-0 Draw
Last Meeting
3-2 Habs (Feb.02/10)
The Enemy Habs Eyes On The Prize Scoring Leaders   Daniel Sedin: 9-7-16 Tomas Plekanec: 5-6-11
Category Canadiens
8-3-2 Season Record 8-5-1
Conference Position 3rd
Won 6
Streak Lost 1
< Road Record / Home Record >
Last 10 6-4-0
Goals For / Against +/- +1
3.08 (5th) -
Goals Per Game 2.43 (25th)
2.31 (6) v
Least Goals Against Per Game 2.36 (7)
0.96 (19) v
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.17 (8)
29.4 (1) -
Power Play %
6.4 (30)
85.4 (12) v
Penalty Kill %
87.5 (5)
31.2 (11) ^
Shots Per Game 30.6 (18)
30.4 (17)
Least Shots Against Per Game 27.8 (7)
77.8 (13) ^
Winning % When Scoring First 85.7 (6)
87.5 (13) ^
Winning % When Leading After 1 80.0 (18)
25.0 (18) ^
Winning % When Trailing After 1 28.6 (14)
Winning % When Leading After 2 83.3
Winning % When Trailing After 2 0
50.0 (14) ^
Winning % When Outshooting
55.6 (11)
80.0 (4) ^
Winning % When Outshot
50.0 (18)
55.9 (2) -
Faceoffs % 48.6 (24)
13.5 (14) ^
Least PIM's Per Game 11.1 (6)

Update: h/t missy for providing this Twitter update by Kristen Reid: AV confirms Hamhuis in, Ballard out. Forward lines remain the same. Says a lot about the play of Keith Ballard, but Aaron Rome especially, no? Hell yes! Ballard is taking it like a professional though.

"Look at the guys who people outside the organization wrote off as guys who wouldn't be in the lineup — like Alberts and Rome. They've earned the right to play. Whether it's minutes or roles or coming out of a lineup with a D core as strong as the one we have, you have to earn your time."- via The Province

It's not that I hate the Canadiens and Subban..I just effing hate the Canadiens and PK Subban. Chuckles can spread his Subban love around here all he wants to but no matter. I have hated the Habs since..well...1978 or so. Being a Leafs fan growing up made that easy. I respect their legacy yet hate it at the same time. Yeah yeah they have won more Cups than anybody else but I could care less. There is not a more cruel fan base in hockey than in Montreal. I do believe Vancouver fans are a close second. Call it snobbery, call it passion..whatever. When Jaroslav Halak was signed as

a free agent by the Blues this past summer all the pressure fell onto the already much-maligned Carey Price to be the #1 goaltender. Fans were already booing Price in preseason, (which the players despised) and now he is the Molson Cup winner for voted by the fans. Fickle fickle fickle. I gotta say, it took a brass set of balls for Price to stay with that organization and perform the way he has in the huge face of adversity. In front of the monsters in Montreal, Price holds a 3-1 record, with a 1.50 GAA and a .942 save percentage. Talk about silencing your critics.

Who is rolling for the Habs beyond Price? In their last 2 games:

-Jeff Halpern has 1 goal and 2 assists

-Benoit Pouliot has 2 goals

-Jaroslav Spacek has 1 goal and 1 assist

Yeah, so where are the $$$ guys like Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta? Failing and Failing as Yankee pointed out yesterday. To touch on that, Montreal has over $13 million invested into those 2 small forwards this year and...

-Gionta has 4 points in 14 games this season, while Gomez Adams has 4 points in 14 games. Quite pathetic. Gomez has not scored a point in 8 games, and he plays over 18:00 a game. Gionta scored a goal in the Habs' last game so who knows..maybe he's about to heat up.

-Hell, Mike Cammalleri only has 2 assists in his last 6 games.

All I know is that the Canucks should play a tight and physical road game against these guys. Allow the stats above to tell what could be the story of this game. Au contraire des Canucks, the Habs are better on the road than at home. The aforementioned Habs stars can break out at any time.

MISC Canucks stats:

In their last 4 games, all wins, where they have outscored the opposition 16-8:

- The Sedins and Burrows have accumulated 9 points.

-Raymond-Kesler-Samulesson have accumulated 9 points.

-Torres-Malhotra-Hansen have scored a total of 12 points. Tertiary scoring! Keep in mind that on occasion some of these guys were playing on different PK and PP lines on occasion. But wow, Line 3 is money, and is all a part of a balanced breakfast attack.

-a win for the Canucks, in Montreal would mark Alain Vigneault's 300th regular season win as an NHL head coach. How fitting it would be for him to achieve that in against the team he used to coach? Gitter done!

-Poor Burrows. "A" for effort, but has no points and 6 shots on goal in his first 3 games back from shoulder surgery. That will change soon enough. He is in a lot of the right places at the right time and is doing the dirty work. Patience, Alex, your time will come.

-Dan Hamhuis still remains a gametime decision. It's hard to miss any absent player when the team is playing this well.


The Last Meeting:

Boo! OK, you will like this one a lot better (SLAUGHTERRRRR):

This is great stuff. A Canucks fan in Montreal at the Habs-Canucks game gives a bit of a video documentary:

Ooo! An old-school Canucks-Canadiens brawl! Where do I sign up? (God bless Craig Coxe, BTW)

A more recent tilt (2009): Rypien vs Gill. Woo!

Go Canucks!