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STARS
CANUCKS

AT

Time Mon. 7:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series 1-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
4-1 Canucks (Dec. 31/10)
The Enemy Defending Big D Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 27-34-61 Richards: 19-37-56
Stars
Category Canucks
29-14-5 Season Record 29-10-9
3rd
Conference Position 1st
Lost 1
Streak Lost 4
14-8-1
< Road Record / Home Record >
15-3-5
7-2-1
Last 10 4-2-4
+14
Goals For / Against +/- +37
2.90 (10)
Goals Per Game 3.21 (3)
2.60 (10)
Goals Against Per Game 2.38 (4)
1.14 (7)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.28 (3)
20.5 (11)
Power Play %
23.2 (3)
81.0 (21)
Penalty Kill %
83.5 (9)
27.3 (28)
Shots Per Game 32.4 (7)
31.0 (20)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.7 (19) 
88.0 (1)
Winning % When Scoring First 77.4 (7)
89.5 (6)
Winning % When Leading After 1 90.9 (5) 
93.8 (8)
Winning % When Leading After 2 88.0 (17) 
49.9 (18)
Faceoffs % 55.8 (1)
14.1 (21)
PIM's Per Game Average
11.6 (11) 
NHL.com

UPDATE: Kevin Bieksa's swollen eye is improving and he may play against the Stars.

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It's a repeating record. There are still too many slumping Canucks. We all get it. 3 OT/Shootout losses in a row. Huh. It's almost comical. 7 goals scored in their last 4 games. It's also tough to get overly upset about it. They are still 3 points up on Detroit for top spot in the West and 4 points up on Dallas, who you know is going to do their damndest to inch closer on this, Thomas Gradin Ring Of Honor Night.

The Canucks look like they are running out of gas and are just trying to get to the All Star Break with their head above water.

.LINKS

-Keith Ballard kicking ass and Lee Sweatt is stoked about NHL debut. (The Province)

-Sergei Shirokov maintains a positive attitude even though he was sent back down to Manitoba. (The Province)

-The Sedins meet triplets. (Vancouver Sun)

-20 Things Overheard In The NHL War Room (Pass It To Bulis)

-Hockeython For Canucks Place (Canucks Hockey Blog)

-No sophomore jinx for Jamie Benn. (Stars Website)


PROJECTED STARTING GOALIES


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 33 1956 21 8 76 2.33 972 896 .922 2


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Kari Lehtonen 36 2147 21 10 89 2.49 1097 1008 .919 0


WHO'S HOT / COLD

 

CANUCKS

HOT

-Daniel Sedin: 9 goals and 8 assists in his last 14 games.

-Ryan Kesler: 7 goals and 4 assists in his last 11.

-Henrik Sedin:  1 goal and 2 assists in his last 3.

-Alexander Edler: 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 3.

COLD

 

-Manny Malhotra: 0 points in his last 12 games.

-Mason Raymond: 0 points in his last 9.

-Mikael Samuelsson: 1 assist in his last 14.

-Jeff Tambellini: 0 points in his last 13.

-Raffi Torres: 0 points in his last 6.

 

STARS

HOT

-Brad Richards: 2 goals and 12 assists in his last 9 games.

-Jamie Benn: 4 goals and 5 assists in his last 6 games.

-Loui Eriksson: 2 goals and 10 assists in his last 11.

-James Neal: 6 goals in his last 6.

-Mike Ribeiro: 4 goals and 11 assists in his last 11.

 

COLD

-Jamie Langenbrunner: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 8.

 

INJURIES

CANUCKS

-F Alex Bolduc: separated shoulder

-D Kevin Bieksa (eye)

-D Aaron Rome: MCL

-D Andrew Alberts: shoulder

-D Sami Salo: achilles tendon

STARS

-Toby Petersen: leg

 

VIDEO

-The last meeting between the two teams:

Luongo stones Modano:

Thomas Gradin....so good