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Canucks (41-23-2)
Coyotes (39-22-5)

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Time 7:00 PM PST
TV TSN
Season Series 1-0-1 Canucks
Last Meeting 4-0 Canucks  (01-07-10)
The Enemy Five For Howling Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 26-62-88    

Wolski: 19-31-50

Canucks Category Coyotes
3rd Conference Position 4th
7-3-0
Last 10 6-4-0
3.24 (2nd)
Goals Per Game 2.56 (23rd)
2.54 (8th)
Least Goals Against Per Game 2.42 (5th)
1.30 (2nd) 5 On 5 GF/GA 1.16 (5th)
21.4% (5th) Power Play %
14.9% (30th)
80.6% (20th) Penalty Kill %
83.7% (8th)
30.4 (12th) Shots Per Game 30 (14th)
29.1 (8th) Least Shots Against Per Game 29.4 (11th)
80% (3rd) Winning % When Scoring First 85.3% (1st)
86.4% (3rd) Winning % When Leading After 1 95.2% (2nd)
47.2% (5th)
Winning % When Trailing After 1 31.3% (17th)
96.2% (3rd) Winning % When Leading After 2 89.7% (10th)
37% (1st) Winning % When Trailing After2 17.4% (13th)
51.2% (8th) Faceoffs % 50.4% (13th)
15.6 (26th) Least PIM's Per Game 12.1 (11th)
+39 (3rd) + / - GF/GA +14 (8th)

Update: 3 more helpers for Henrik and he will become the all-time Canucks leader with assists, passing Trevor Linden.

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Do the Canucks have it in them to win the final game of the road trip? Or are they going to mail it in, with a sweet flight home awaiting them after the game? I do know the Canucks have thrown in the towel at the end of road trips more than once this season: the 7-2 loss to the Ducks in October and more recently, the suckage against the Wild in the final game before the Olympics.

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Andrew Raycroft will play in net tonight to give Luongo the rest, as there are plenty of games left to play in the last few weeks of the season. This coming on the heels of what Lou called his worst played period of his life (period 1 against the Avalanche). But hey, you're a pro, Lou. Bounce back next game. What a win that was by the way. I'm still chuckling about it today.

6 points for the Sedins last game. I think they are coming alive, finally. Right in the nick of time. Let's see if Samuelsson plays on their line tonight. He scored 3 goals and 1 assist against the Avs and is my hero of the damned week.

Phoenix has won 2 games in a row, but have not played since Saturday...a 4-0 win over the lame Ducks. New Dog Wojtek Wolski has 2 goal and 1 assist in his first 2 games in Phoenix. Lee Stempniak has 1 goal and 1 assist with his new team. Derek Morris has 1 assist. These guys add to the depth that Phoenix already had. They aren't great players per se...but any line can strike at any moment.

Alright, a couple clips for ya:

Taylor Pyatt Destroys Rome:

Burrows' hat trick goal. His 2nd hatty in 2 games.

It's ok to laugh at this now, right? Right?!

How much do the Canucks want this one? We will find out shortly. Do it, boys!