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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks @ Colorado- Jan 25/17

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For a second, it really looked like they were going to get out of Chicago with at least a point, but a couple late goals snuffed that dream out. It's almost February and we still can't tell if this team can actually compete or are they a product of a terrible conference? Also, it's Bell Let's Talk Day, and we want you to get involved.

Gone, but never forgotten. RIP RYP.
Gone, but never forgotten. RIP RYP.
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Vancouver Canucks vs. Colorado Avalanche

6:30 PM PT - Pepsi Center- Denver, CO

TV: SNP, SN 360 - Radio: TSN 1040

BELL LET'S TALK DAY

It's something that's near and dear to our hearts here at Nucks Misconduct. It's been amazing to see so many of you share your stories about the struggles you and those you love have been fighting, because talking about it, and obliterating the stigmas around mental illness is so very important.

One thing I want to say in this year's post: We need to remember that while the event is a great initiative, and raises a massive amount of money for mental health in Canada, the core message is something that we have to push every day, not just today. If you're suffering, don't suffer in silence. Talk to someone. Tell them what is going on. Talk to your doctor (I know that medication treatment is a touchy subject for some, and for some it does not work, but you should be open minded to explore all options of treatment).

Without trying to get too political here in the blog, things are really scary right now. There are some massive changes happening to the world, and if you suffer from anxiety (as I do) I don't even have to ask if you've noticed it becoming prominent. No matter what, do not let these fears push you into the darkness. Stay out. Stay strong. Stay loud. You are not alone, and if any of you need to talk about things, shoot me a DM in Twitter or email me.

One of the most encouraging things for me, even as hard as it is, is seeing the number of people in my Twitter feed who are talking about their own battles today. Some are really struggling, but the fact that they can talk openly really is a good thing, I know that it helped me tremendously as I started down the road to recovery. As we've done in the past, we encourage you to share your stories in the comments. If you've made progress, we'd love to hear about it. If you're finding it getting harder, we're here to listen, and not just today. There is never a bad time to talk.

Canucks
CATEGORY
Avalanche
22-20-6 SEASON RECORD 13-30-2
50 Points 28
6th Division Position 7th
Lost 1
Streak Lost 1
2.33 (26)
Goals For Per 60 (GF60)
2.02 (30)
2.77 (16)
Goals Against Per 60 (GA60)
3.38 (30)
13.6 (29) Power Play % 14.6 (26)
79.8 (22) Penalty Kill % 78.9 (24)
52.3 (5) Faceoff Win % 53.3 (2)
8.3 (23)
Shooting % 7.2 (29)
48.5 (23)
Corsi For % 46.9 (27)
99.3 (18)
PDO 96.7 (30)

Stats from NHL.com and www.hockey-reference.com

THE OPPOSITION

The Avalanche are a really, really bad hockey team. They're tanking so hard right now it's almost comical. They have more losses than any team has wins except for Washington, Columbus, Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Jose and the Rangers. They have to be the front runners for the 1st pick in the lottery come June. And yet we're really not at a point where we can confidently say this is two points the Canucks will get no problem, are we?

With just 1 win in their last 12 games, you should get a really good look at this Avs squad, because they will be selling off some pieces for draft picks in a couple weeks. Jarome Iginla, Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, they've all been rumored to be on the move.

The Avs have blown a 1 goal lead heading into the 3rd period in 4 straight games, including their last one against San Jose, where they gave up 4 to Patrick Marleau in the final period. They'll be without Tyson Barrie and Rene Bourque, both on the IR.

THE CANUCKS

Even when you follow the team closely, the fact that the Canucks are 8-2-3 since Christmas is surprising, simply because most nights they haven`t exactly looked like an 8-2-3 team. Nevertheless, they are poised to leapfrog LA and Calgary with a win tonight, and if they can pull off another in Phoenix tomorrow night, with some help from Minnesota beating St Louis, they will find themselves in the 1st Wild Card spot heading into the All Star Break. If you had the Canucks here at the start of the season, you`re a liar or some kind of wizard. Maybe both.

The Avalanche have as many wins at home as the Canucks do on the road, so this one SHOULD be a two point lock, right? I would love to say that but I can't. We've just been burned too many times when we have tried to say that the Canucks have turned a corner and are actually a contender for a playoff spot. With a brutal schedule awaiting them on the other side of the All Star break, these two wins are absolutely crucial if they want to remain in the hunt.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

Forget any misconceptions about the name of the band, this is a song about strength. From 'Lights, Camera, Revolution' it's 'You Can't Bring Me Down' by SUICIDAL TENDENCIES.