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Avalanche At Canucks Preview: Hour Of Reprisal

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Time Sunday 5:00 PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series 2012/13: 3-1 Canucks
Last Meeting
4-3 Avalanche Apr. 13/13
The Enemy Mile High Hockey Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 8-21-29
Landeskog: 9-13-22
AVALANCHE
CATEGORY
CANUCKS
20-7-0 SEASON RECORD 16-10-5
40 POINTS 37
6th CONFERENCE POSITION 9th
Won 1
STREAK Won 3
6-4-0 LAST 10 5-3-2
10-3-0 ROAD RECORD / HOME RECORD 6-5-3
2.96 (7)
GOALS PER GAME AVERAGE 2.64 (16)
2.30 (6) GOALS AGAINST PER GAME AVERAGE 2.48 (12)
1.41 (2) 5 ON 5 GF / GA 1.02 (17)
15.8 (20) POWER PLAY % 14.8 (25)
81.0 (20) PENALTY KILL % 89.2 (1)
29.5 (17) SHOTS/GAME AVG 32.8 (4)
48.9 (20) FACEOFF WINS % 50.8  (14)
672 (17) HITS
595 (22)
414 (13) BLOCKED SHOTS 465 (8)
95 (2) MINOR PENALTIES TAKEN 115 (20)
NHL.COM

KNOW YOUR ENEMY

As you can see above, a few stats really stick out for the Avalanche. 2nd in the NHL 5 on 5. They've knocked their goals against down dramatically compared to the past few years. They don't take very many penalties. Oh, and that 10-3-0 road record is superb. The Canucks have their work cut out for them. But the Canucks have to keep winning regardless. They are not in a playoff spot yet. In fact, they have barely made any ground for quite some time now. It's like that 9th spot feels nice and cozy or something....****!

One of the Canucks' biggest issues lately is holding on to leads. That needs to be remedied. Now.

PROJECTED AVALANCHE ROSTER

O'Reilly - Stastny - Parenteau

Landeskog - Duchene - MacKinnon

McGinn - Mitchell - Talbot (sweet addition)

Bordeleau - Marc-Andre Cliche - McLeod

Guenin - Johnson

Barrie - Holden (magroin)

Sarich - Benoit

Giguere

Injured: Alex Tanguay, Jan Hejda, Ryan Wilson

TOP 5 AVS SCORERS

1. Landeskog: 9-13-22

2. Duchene: 12-9-21

3. Parenteau: 9-9-18

4. Stastny: 8-9-17

5. O'Reilly: 9-8-17

The Avalanche have a fair bit of scoring depth going on. It is going to cause the Canucks problems I am sure.

The Avs have won 6 of their last 8, but I just don't understand the 8-2 beating they took at the hands of the Oilers a couple games ago. Quite the anomaly for this year's team. This is not the Avs of recent years. A new coach in Patrick Roy and a newfound attitude. Impressive. Squash these bastards!

YOU MADE MY SHITLIST

Nobody after 3 straight wins. As a side note though, is that Sedins-Booth line painful to watch? Or is it just me? It looks a bit awkward to me, but I really want it to work out.

TRENDS

  • Avalanche are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Pacific.
  • Avalanche are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
  • Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games.
  • Avalanche are 15-5 in their last 20 games following a win.
  • Avalanche are 12-4 in their last 16 vs. Western Conference.
  • Canucks are 20-6 in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
  • Canucks are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Central.
  • Canucks are 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win.
  • Canucks are 2-5 in their last 7 home games.
  • Canucks are 3-13 in their last 16 Sunday games. DEAR GOD NO!!!

SCORE-PREDICTING WIZARDS UPDATE

Updated HERE.

THE LAST MEETING:

Ooooo that stings.

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GO CANUCKS GO!