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STARS
CANUCKS

AT

Time Sat. 7:00 PM PST
TV CBC
Season Series 3-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
4-1 Canucks (Feb. 01/11)
The Enemy Defending Big D Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 30-44-74 Richards: 24-39-63
Stars
Category   Canucks 
31-21-6 Season Record 37-13-9
8th
Conference Position 1st
Lost 3
Streak Lost 1
14-13-1
< Road Record / Home Record >
20-4-5
2-7-1
Last 10 7-3-0
-4
Goals For / Against +/- +57
2.71 (18)
Goals Per Game 3.30 (2)
2.79 (16)
Goals Against Per Game 2.29 (2)
1.03 (14)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.30 (3)
19.0 (9)
Power Play %
25.2 (1)
78.8 (25)
Penalty Kill %
85.3 (5)
27.2 (28)
Shots Per Game 32.1 (9)
31.3 (20)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.4 (17) 
82.1 (2)
Winning % When Scoring First 81.6 (3)
90.0 (4)
Winning % When Leading After 1 92.6 (3) 
26.7 (21)
Winning % When Trailing After 1 28.6 (19) 
88.9 (12)
Winning % When Leading After 2 90.3 (11) 
50.7 (10)
Faceoffs % 55.4 (1)
14.9 (26)
PIM's Per Game Average
11.5 (13) 
NHL.com

UPDATE: Andrew Raycroft will start for the Stars. (h/t kesrows)

With the Canucks' defence ailing it is a huge relief to hear that Dan Hamhuis may be ready to play by Saturday's game against the Stars and Keith Ballard is to skate with the team any day now. But there are no guarantees on the timeline.

The Stars have key injuries of their own, but mostly on their forward ranks. Brad Richards and Jamie Benn (still injured from the last time these teams met) and the butt munch Adam Burish are out for Dallas. What's worse is their healthy forwards are cold (see below). Ribeiro, Neal and Eriksson are not producing. Dallas has lost their last 3 straight and 7 of their last 8. They have only scored 4 goals in their last 3. They have only scored 3 goals in their 3 losses to the Canucks this season. Ouch.

Vancouver's top guns of the Sedins, Burrows, Kesler have not been putting up their usual amount of points over the Canucks' last few games either.

LINKS

-The Red Wings went through a barrage of injuries to their D in 2008. (Vancouver Sun)

-Healthy bodies more important that wins right now (Vancouver Sun)

-What's going on with the Stars (Razor With An Edge)



PROJECTED STARTING GOALTENDERS


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 41 2449 26 8 91 2.23 1235 1144 .926 3


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Andrew Raycroft 17 770 8 4 33 2.57 389 356 .915 2




WHO'S HOT / COLD

CANUCKS

HOT

-Mikael Samuelsson: 8 goals and 7 assists in his last 11.

-Manny Malhotra: 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 4 games.

-Christian Ehrhoff:  4 assists in his last 4.

COLD

-M'eh

 

STARS

HOT

-

COLD

-Mike Ribeiro: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 8.

-Loui Eriksson: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 6.

-James Neal: 1 assist in his last 9.

 

NOTABLE INJURIES

CANUCKS

-D Alexander Edler: back

-D Keith Ballard: knee

-D Dan Hamhuis: concussion

-D Kevin Bieksa: broken foot

-D Andrew Alberts: broken wrist

-D Lee Sweatt: broken foot

STARS

-F Brad Richards: upper body

-F Adam Burish: orbital bone

-F Jamie Benn: shoulder

-D Nicklas Grossman: hip

 

VIDEO

The last meeting:

What a save by Lehtonen recently vs Chicago:

GO CANUCKS!