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Blue Jackets At Canucks Game Preview: Fire Your Guns!

BLUE JACKETS
CANUCKS

AT

Time 7:00 PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series 09/10: 3-1 Canucks
Last Meeting
4-3 Canucks(Mar.02/10)
The Enemy The Cannon Scoring Leaders D Sedin: 16-20-36 Nash: 17-8-25
Blue Jackets
Category Canucks
16-11-2 Season Record 16-8-4
11th
Conference Position 3rd
Lost 1
Streak Won 1
8-4-1
< Road Record / Home Record >
9-3-2
3-5-2
Last 10 6-3-1
-3
Goals For / Against +/- +17
2.55 (21)
Goals Per Game 3.21 (4)
2.69 (14)
Goals Against Per Game 2.57 (9)
1.02 (15)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.08 (11)
11.7 (29)
Power Play %
25.0  (1)
80.5 (23)
Penalty Kill %
85.0 (6)
29.5 (20)
Shots Per Game 30.5 (17)
30.5 (18)
 Shots Against Per Game 29.2 (12) 
85.7 (5)
Winning % When Scoring First 81.3 (8)
90.9 (5)
Winning % When Leading After 1 91.7 (3) 
100
Winning % When Leading After 2 91.7 (13) 
502.1 (6)
Faceoffs % 57.2 (1)
13.8 (18)
PIM's Per Game 12.2 (12) 
NHL.com

OTHER TEAM STATS

-UPDATE: This is why even this game against the BJ's is crucial:

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-The Canucks and Blue Jackets are tied for 6th best in the NHL in goals against on the road.

-Columbus has only scored 14 power play goals this season. The Canucks 28.

-Both Columbus and Vancouver have only been shutout once this season.

-The Jackets have lost 7 of their last 9 and have been outscored 32-17 in the process. 17 goals in their last 9 games. You'll see why below.

-Intriguing stats from the chart above: The BJ's have not lost a game when leading after 2 periods, and have won 90.9 of their games when leading after 1.

-I've noticed the Canucks' PK is slowly dropping down the

charts, while their 5 on 5 steadily gets better and better.

-These 2 teams will butt heads again next week Thursday.

IN GOAL


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 23 1340 13 8 57 2.55 639 582 .911 2



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Mathieu Garon 13 737 7 3 24 1.95 322 298 .925 3


PLAYER STREAKS (CANUCKS)

HOT

-Daniel Sedin: 4 goals and 8 assists in his last 8 games played. He has an 8 game point streak going on.

-Henrik Sedin: 3 goals and 8 assists in his last 8 games played.

-Ryan Kesler: 3 goals and 5 assists in his last 8.

COLD

-Mikael Samuelsson: 2 assists in his last 6 games.

-Raffi Torres: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 15 games.

PLAYER STREAKS (COLUMBUS)

HOT

-Rick Nash: 4 goals and 3 assists in his last 4 games. Yeah, somebody shadow this f*cker.

COLD

-RJ Umberger: 0 goals and 3 assists in his last 7 games.

-Antoine Vermette: 2 goals and 1 assist in his last 6 games.

-Derick Brassard: 1 assist in his last 7 games.

MISC

-BJ coach Scott Arniel faces the Canucks for the first time as a head coach of an NHL team. He was the Manitoba Moose coach for 4 seasons before getting signed by Columbus this past summer. So he knows our team...very well. I would expect these 2 teams to play quite the similar style of game. A chess match perhaps?

-Raffi Torres and Manny Malhotra face their former team! Raffi scored 2 goals and 1 assist against the Canucks last season. Bugger. Now may he roast his old team!! We could see line 3 come alive in this one.

-Out since October 23 with an ankle injury, that rat Kristian Huselius may make his return to the lineup against the Canucks. That's not good. He had 5 points in his first 7 games of the season.The goon Jared Boll is a gametime decision.

VIDEO!

Last Meeting (Favorable, yes)

Burrows Hat Trick Goal Against Columbus (January 2010):

Rypien and Hordichuck = Nasty Boys vs Jared Boll:

Enjoy the game! Go Canucks!