|Time||7:00 PM PST
|H2H Last 5
||3-2 Canucks Feb 3/15
|The Enemy||Arctic Ice Hockey||coring Leaders||D. Sedin: 16-48-64
||Goals For Per 60 (GF60)
||Goals Against Per 60 (GA60)
|17.6 (20)||Power Play %||18.8 (13)|
|85.5 (3)||Penalty Kill %||81.8 (12)|
|47.2 (28)||Faceoff Win %||48.5 (22)|
|10.9||PIM / GP||13.8|
|48.9 (22)||Corsi For %||51.9 (9)
|100.5 (13)||PDO||100.0 (17)|
The Canucks can help their own cause tonight, and do a little more to decide their own first round opponent as they take on the the Jets tonight at Rogers Arena. The Canucks are coming off back to back road wins: an impressive dismantling of the Kings in LA Saturday afternoon, and followed that up by getting the job done against the dirty dogs in Arizona. A Canucks win combined with an LA loss tonight against the Rangers will leave them 6 points ahead of the Kings with 9 games remaining. Throw in an Anaheim loss to Columbus tonight, and that would see the Canucks sit just 9 points back of the Ducks for first in the West. Let that sink in for a moment.
The Jets have had their share of drama this season, from goaltending controversy (which seems to have moved to Winnipeg from Atlanta along with the team) and the much publicized issues with Evander Kane, that came to a head before their last game against the Canucks in February. Kane was benched before that game, and despite being injured a short time later was traded to Buffalo. Since then the Jets have been impressive, and come into this game winners of 5 straight, mostly on the strength of NHL 1st star of the week Andrej Pavalec. They're missing a few big pieces right now: Dustin Byfuglien, Bryan Little and Matthew Perrault.
Did you just hear a sound like an entire province breathing a sigh of relief? That's probably because as I write this, the Canucks signed Dman Chris Tanev signed a 5 year extension worth 22.5 Million. Great deal for Tanev and the team moving forward, getting him locked in, and the distraction of his impending free agency now taken out of the picture.
Not sure whether the Jets will keep rolling with the hot hand in Pavalec, who got the 4-1 in Edmonton last night, or turn to Michael Hutchinson. Eddie Lack will start tonight for the Canucks after a night off Sunday that saw Jacob Markstrom get his 1st win of the season against Arizona. The Canucks could also get Zack Kassian and Brad Richardson back tonight. Ryan Miller was on the ice before the rest of the team this morning, but in full for the first time since he suffered the knee injury. Could he be almost ready to return and get in some game action before the playoffs?
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
More old-school for you, this time from Germany's ROSTOK VAMPIRES. Some cool crossover stuff from here, and if I recall correctly, I think I had a video from these guys that got a lil play on the old All The Rage days...
IMPROMPTU DRINKING GAME RULES
- 1 drink: If the Sportsnet panel mentions Teemu Selanne.
- 1 drink: For Chris Tanev (on his tab, 'cuz he can afford it).
- 2 drinks: For GM Jim Benning for getting this deal done.
- 2 drinks: If the Rangers beat the Kings because
- 3 drinks: If Andrew Ladd tries to fight anyone besides Bieksa, Kassian or Dorsett. Likely Burrows, because you can take the Hawk out of Chicago, but they're still a douchebag...
- 3 drinks: John Garrett finds a way to work a Bob Essenza reference in...
Finally tonight, it's Canucks For Kids Telethon night. That means gmonk33 will donate 5 cents for every comment you make in tonight's game thread. Let's have fun, cheer on the team and help the kids. If you wanna donate, you can call Toll Free at 1.85.KIDSFUND (1.855.437.3863) to donate.