|Time||Sun. 6:00 PM PST
|Season Series||0 - 0
||4-3 Canucks (Jan.11/11)
|The Enemy||Lighthouse Hockey||Scoring Leaders||
: 6-16-22 Tavares: 8-5-13|
||< Road Record / Home Record >
||Goals For / Against +/-||+1
||Goals Per Game||3.00 (8)
||Goals Against Per Game||2.88 (21)
||5 On 5 GF/GA||0.81 (23)
||Power Play %
||Penalty Kill %
||Winning % When Scoring First||75.0 (9)
||Winning % When Leading After 1||80.0 (14)
||Winning % When Leading After 2||100
||Faceoffs %||52.8 (3)
||PIM's Per Game Average
Why that wording in the title? Bah! I'm a little sickened with this Canucks team that STILL seems content to be a 500 hockey team. I say "content" because if they applied themselves they would be several games above 500 right now. But no! They spot the struggling Ducks a 4-0 lead before showing up for the 3rd period and almost tying it. Had they played with some mustard over the previous 40 minutes it would have been a different story. What is
with this team's psyche? When they want to play they beat up on Chicago. We keep hearing that they "play down to lesser teams" yadda yadda yadda. Play down to or just get lazy / cocky? Same shit different pile. A Cup Finals hangover? Inexcusable! I swear, these guys are coasting 50% of the time with a few players being exceptions. And I will throw Roberto Luongo into that coasting heap as well. He's not battling to stop pucks consistently. The worst part? The coach is basically letting them do it. Hey, how was that team building golf day on Trump's course? It sure worked didn't it? The boys collectively shit the bed against the Ducks after a solid game against the Kings the night before.
So yeah. Which Canucks team shows up against the Islanders? The one that scores first and controls the game? Or the one that comes out slow and plodding and spots Michael Grabner a hat trick? You know Gabs is getting up for this one. Grabner is waking up by the way. After a slow start to the season, he now has 2 goals and 1 assist in his last 2 games, both Islanders losses. This is the 2nd time he faces his old team. Last time they played back in January, Grabs had zero points, a +1 and 7 shots in a 4-3 loss to Vancouver.
PROJECTED STARTING GOALTENDERS
#35 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks
Mar 18, 1986
|2011 - Cory Schneider||7||353||2||3||14||2.38||171||157||.918||0|
#20 / Goalie / New York Islanders
Jul 25, 1975
|2011 - Evgeni Nabokov||5||256||1||3||12||2.81||135||123||.911||0|
D. Sedin / H. Sedin / Burrows
Booth / Kesler / Higgins (America! Fuck no! This line needs to start scoring some fucking goals yea!)
Malhotra / Hodgson / Hansen (Malhotra..what the hell)
Volpatti / Lapierre / Weise
Hamhuis / Bieksa
Edler / Salo
Rome / Ballard
Moulson / Tavares / Grabner
Rolston / Nielsen / Parenteau
Comeau / Reasoner / Okposo
Martin / Bailey / Pandolfo
Streit / Staios
MacDonald / Hamonik
Eaton / Mottau
MISC / STATS
-No suspension for Aaron Rome for his hit on Ducks' Devante Smith-Pelly. You can see the hit here. The reason for the non suspension (besides the fact that Rome is an untouchable God) can be found here. What a costly penalty by Rome though. Ouch. Way to wake up the Ducks' snoozing power play.
-I wonder if Vigneault will keep Jannik Hansen with the Sedins after his 2 goal performance against the Ducks? Should he? I say YES. Leave Burrows with Kesler.
“Everyone gives him knocks on his breakaways but I don’t think people understand how fast he’s going,” Moulson said. “That’s half the battle. He’s flying in there every time and in a flash he’s right on top of the goalie. I think that makes it really tough on him.
“But once he starts potting those, he could probably start getting 70 goal seasons.”
Haha. Oh my god, Matt Moulson, settle down! Grabner is not potting 70. Ever.
-Evgeni Nabokov has a career record of 14-6-1-2, a 2.26 GAA, a .915 save % and 1 shutout over the Canucks.
-John Tavares has 3 goals and 3 assists in 2 career games against the Canucks.
-Brian Rolston is 14-15-29 in 43 career games against Vancouver. One of those goals is totally worth watching:
-David Booth has scored 3 goals and 8 assists in 14 career games vs the Islanders.
-Daniel Sedin: 2-8-10 and a +6 in 9 games vs NYI.
-Hank Sedin: Identical 2-8-10 scoring and a +6 in 10 career games vs NYI.
-I don't think Luongo is starting in this game, but just for shits and giggles he is 6-10-1-2 with a 2.73 GAA and .919 save % lifetime vs New York. Cory Schneider has never played against the Islanders.
-Canucks are 24-9 in their last 33 Sunday games.
-Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning % below .400. LOLWUT??
-Islanders are 8-3 in their last 11 vs. Northwest.
-Islanders are 7-19 in their last 26 overall. OUCH.
-Covers.com you rule!
-The last meeting, a 4-3 Canucks win. I had forgotten that it went to a shootout:
Oh MayRay you dog you!
Forgive him for last game, as he would forgive you. At least Rome plays hard.