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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks vs Devils

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It's a good thing that this game is tonight. Yesterday was a tough one, and allowing the team to say goodbye to Pat Quinn tonight and get a win for him is just what we all need. Cory Schneider comes back, along with Jaromir Jagr and (please, try to contain your excitement) Peter Harrold!!!!

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Time Tuesday, 7:00 PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series 0-0
Last Meeting
3-2 SO Blackhawks Oct 24/13
The Enemy In Lou We Trust Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 5-16-21
J. Jagr 3-10-13

Canucks
CATEGORY
Devils
14-6-1 SEASON RECORD 9-9-3
29 Points 21
3rd Conference Position 11th
Won 1
Streak OT 1
3.00 (6)
Goals For Per 60 (GF60)
2.48 (22)
2.86 (21)
Goals Against Per 60 (GA60)
2.81 (20)
18.8 (18) Power Play % 20.0 (10)
85.3 (6) Penalty Kill % 74.1 (28)
48.8 (21) Faceoff Win % 48.0 (24)
10.9 (19) PIM / GP 9.6 (8)
50.9 (13) Corsi For % 48.2 (21)
99.7 (19) PDO 100.1 (14)

Let's get the obvious stuff out of the way first, shall we? This isn't really about Cory Schneider vs Bo Horvat, though it does make for good copy. It isn't even Schneider's first time back to Vancouver, as they got that out of the way early last season. It is however two very important points, as the Canucks look to finish this homestand strong before heading out east for a vaunting 7 games in 12 nights road swing. At least they won't have any back to backs on this one.

Schneider didn't play on Saturday night, his first night off this season after playing 20 straight games, leading us to believe that GM Lou Lamoriello is a sadistic nutbar. I'm not saying he insists everyone call Schneids 'Marty', but it wouldn't shock me, either. The Devils meanwhile are clawing away trying to get into a playoff position, but sporting one of the worst penalty kills in the NHL isn't helping them right now. How bad is it? The Oilers PK is nearly 5 percentage points better. And they're worse in the faceoff circle than the Canucks. This could spell another big night for Horvat at the dot, and with the announcement a short time ago that Horvat is staying with the Canucks, this would be a great night for a statement game from him.

It was understandable that everyone's focus was elsewhere yesterday, but it was pretty great to see Jannik Hansen's monster week recognized by the NHL as he was named 1st star of the week. Will he continue this torrid pace? Sure, if you think a 4th liner with a shooting percentage last week of 71.4% is sustainable. It is a testament to the efforts of Willie Desjardins and his staff to develop this team into one that isn't a one or two line threat, but one that can hurt you no matter who's on the ice.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

New Jersey has a rich musical history, but when your state's produced people like Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston & Bon Jovi, metal & punk acts tend to get lost in the shuffle. The state has produced some legendary acts: The Misfits, Dillinger Escape Plan, Overkill, Monster Magnet, God Forbid, Whiplash, Kreig, Burnt By The Sun, Deadguy, Old Lady Drivers, and one of the best named bands in music: The Number Twelve Looks Like You. But today we bring you: Mucky Pup.

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So who the heck are Mucky Pup? Check this out. Years ago, when the comic strip 'Bloom County' was in it's heyday, and creator Berke Breathed had a contest, looking for bands to write a song that would be released as the band from Bloom County called 'Billy & The Boinkers'. Mucky Pup's entry was chosen over all others. The track was called "U-Stink-But-I-♥-U". The band still gets together every so often to play shows, and the singer has a hot dog restaurant in New Jersey called... The Mucky Pup.

the more you know

GAME TIME SNACK BONANZA

This is a New Jersey Sloppy Joe. It's a triple-decker sandwich with corned beef or pastrami, turkey and ham, and coleslaw. What do you expect from a state that deep fries it's hot dogs...

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Impromptu Drinking Games Rules

ice on the rocks

- 1 Drink: Sighting of the Travelling Jagrs.

- 1 Drink: Intermission assessment from Cox or someone similar that the Canucks are doomed because they traded Schneider.

- 2 Drinks: Steve Bernier mention.

- 2 Drinks: Patrik Sundstrom mention.

- 3 Drinks: Bringing up Scott Neidermeyer, but showing the OT goal for the Ducks.

- 3 drinks: For Pat.

Parting thoughts from Bloom County

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Also...

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coincidence

Coincidence? I think not...