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Game 65: Blues At Canucks Preview: Fear....In My Subconscious

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BLUES

CANUCKS

AT

Time Thurs. 7:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac.
Season Series 2-1 Blues
Last Meeting
3-2 Canucks Jan.12/12
The Enemy St. Louis Game Time Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 13-53-66 Backes: 19-25-44
Blues
Category Canucks
39-17-7 Season Record 40-16-8
4th
Conference Position 1st
Won 3
Streak Lost 2
13-13-3
< Road Record / Home Record >
18-6-4
7-3-0
Last 10 6-1-3
+35
Goals For / Against +/- +48
2.49 (22)
Goals Per Game Average
3.08 (4) -
1.90 (1)
Goals Against Per Game Average
2.33 (6)
1.43 (2)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.22 (5)
15.5 (25)
Power Play %
21.6 (2)
82.6 (12)
Penalty Kill %
86.6 (5)
50.2 (16)
Faceoffs % 52.1 (3)
1456 (13)
Hits
1397 (18)
843 (19)
Blocked Shots
772 (27)
292 (30)
Giveaways
450 (19) +
395 (20)
Takeaways
418 (17) +
12.4 (25)
PIM's Per Game Average
13.4 (27)
NHL.com


Just a heads up, the stats above are from before the Blues - Oilers game tonight.

Look at those Blues go! Damn! An average 1.90 goals against per game this season. A combined 12 shutouts for goalies Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliot. 8 players with at least 10 goals. Wow: Andy McDonald and David Perron are actually healthy and contributing. If all goes well for St. Lou tonight, they will have a chance to take over the West if they beat the Canucks on Thursday. And about that 13-13-3 road record: They are aiming to win their 4th straight road game in Edmonton tonight. This team looks to be the real deal. A contender.

The Canucks are full of question marks right now. Since killing Detroit's

home winning record streak the Canucks have played 3 games (1-0-2) and have only scored 5 goals. They scored 4 in Detroit. Where is the offence? Answer: SLUMPING.

ICE COLD CANUCKS

The Sedins are mini-slumping again.

-Dank has 1 assist in his last 3.

-Hank has zero points in his last 3.

-Burrows has 1 assist in his last 5 games. UGH!

-Kesler has 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 5.

-Booth has 1 assist in his last 7!

-Higgins has 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 7.

-Jannik Hansen has no points in his last 5.

-Raymond has 2 goals in his last 7, but 2 in his last 3.

-Hodgson had 1 goal and no assists in his last 6 games before being traded.

Yeah, that's a lot of cold players all at once. Sure, it was a long road trip, but I don't give a shit. It's unacceptable. Watching the first 2 lines is frustrating as hell. The Sedins in general look wimpy and futile. Line 2 is a clusterfuck of puck hogging egos. That leaves the bottom 6, where there are 2 new players in Pahlsson and Kassian who are going to need some time to adjust to their new team.

It all adds up to a fucky situation. Maybe the Canucks come alive upon returning home. If they don't, they are going to get spanked by the Blues, pure and simple.

PROJECTED ROSTERS


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Roberto Luongo 41 2398 25 10 92 2.30 1173 1081 .922 2


Dank Sedin - Hank Sedin - Alexandre Burrows

David Booth - KesLORD -Mason Raymond

Jannik Hansen - Sammy Pahlsson -Chris Higgins

Zack Kassian - Manny Malhotra - Maxim Lapierre

Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa

Alex Edler - Sami Salo

Chris Tanev - Aaron Rome


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Brian Elliott 30 1746 20 7 48 1.65 756 708 .937 6


McDonald - Backes - Oshie

Perron - Berglund - Stewart

Sobotka - Arnott - Porter

Crombeen - Nichol - Reaves

Colaiacovo - Pietrangelo

Jackman - Shattenkirk

Huskins - Polak

INJURIES

-Via TSN: Just imagine how much better that blues roster above COULD look: They are without Alex Steen (concussed Canuck-killer), Matt D'Agostini (concussion), Jamie Langenbrunner (broken foot) and Kris Russell (concussion). No new injuries for Vancouver.

TRENDS

  • Blues are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Northwest.
  • Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games.
  • Blues are 9-3 in their last 12 overall.
  • Blues are 5-2 in their last 7 road games.
  • Blues are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference.
  • Blues are 4-9 in their last 13 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
  • The Blues are kicking ass.
  • Canucks are 5-0 in their last 5 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days.
  • Canucks are 9-2 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games.
  • Canucks are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Central.
  • Canucks are 12-5 in their last 17 overall.
  • Blues are 7-17-2 in the last 26 meetings in Vancouver. Ed note: However I believe they are 4-3 in their last 7 here, not including playoffs.
  • More at Covers.com.

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The last meeting:

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GO CANUCKS GO!