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Maintain That Intensity: Canucks-Kings Game 2 Preview



Time 7:00 PM PST
The Enemy Jewels From The Crown, Battle of California Scoring Leaders Samuelsson: 2-0-2 Modin/Stoll: 1-0-1
Category Canucks
Goals Per Game 3.0
 Goals Against Per Game 2.0
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.83
Power Play %
75.0 Penalty Kill %
Shots Per Game 44.0
 Shots Against Per Game 27.0
Winning % When Scoring First 0
Winning % When Leading After 1 0
Winning % When Trailing After 1 100
Winning % When Leading After 2 0
Winning % When Trailing After2 0
Faceoffs % 50.0
 PIM's Per Game 19
+ / - GF/GA (see here)

The above stats will get better as we go along.

Update (12:54 PM) (HAT TIP TO WAACH'Cast): From Matthew Sekeras on Twitter: Peter Harrold replaces Randy Jones on Kings D. Scott Parse and Rich Clune replace Justin Williams and Raitis Ivanans. Kings go for a shakeup. Jones turned over the puck for the Canucks' winning goal. Williams' play was uninspired and Ivanans is....well the equivalent of Darcy Hordichuk, except with bigger muscles.


Game 1 was a treat to watch. It had about everything that we love to see in a playoff game. Vancouver dictated play for most of the game, and the Kings, who finished 3rd in the NHL in least shots against (about 27 allowed per game) allowed 44 shots by the Canucks. They surrendered 39 shots after 3 periods. You could see some form of defensive strategy from them during Game 1, but the Canucks were relentless. At some point it isn't going to seem so one-sided from a puck-possession-shots-on-goal standpoint. Maybe it will be in game 2.

I just hope to see that same look in the Canucks' eyes again. That look of determination and focus and bloodlust.

Is Mikael Samuelsson going to become 2010's version of John Druce? For those that are too young to know who John Druce is..well when he played for the Capitals, he scored 14 goals in 15 games in the 1990 Playoffs. He was an unlikely hero. His performance came from out of nowhere, so the comparison doesn't completely apply to Son of Sam, who has had a career year with the Canucks this season. But you get what I'm dropping. Samuelsson could put up a sick amount of points in the playoffs if the Canucks get past round 1, and in his career, this possibility was not foreseen. Samuelsson has always been inconsistent offensively. Now he is a masterful 2-way player and is far less inconsistent. Basically, put an Orca on his chest and not the Tre Konor and watch what happens.

As solid (and sometimes brilliant) as Roberto Luongo was in game 1, he's going to see a lot more action in Game 2. His play in Game 1 leaves me ecstatic. He really found another level last game. The level of confidence and power that I've been waiting for. Love it!

The only real concern to me is the PK. LA buried both their chances in Game 1 and they were great plays. However Matt Pettinger drew the ire of coach Vigneault because he was on the ice for both goals against and will sit tonight. AV will employ someone else on the PK as Michael Grabner draws in.

We will keep you updated on any news from the Canuck and Kings camps.