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Vancouver @ Winnipeg 4:30 PM PT TSN

Postby rats19 » Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:42 pm

Last 10: Vancouver 2-7-1; Winnipeg 4-3-3

Season series: In their third and final game, the Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets are both desperately seeking points in the Western Conference standings. The home team has taken the previous two games, with Vancouver winning 2-1 on Dec. 22 and Winnipeg 4-3 on Jan. 31.

Big story: Both teams have struggled of late and will need to turn things around to revive any hopes of making the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Winnipeg has lost four in a row and Vancouver has dropped five of six. Both are coming off disappointing losses, with Vancouver looking to move past one of the worst third periods in modern NHL history.

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[size=50]Canucks: After dropping four straight and trading No. 1 goalie Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers at the NHL Trade Deadline, the Canucks appeared to overcome some of the adversity plaguing the club when they beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Saturday night. That turnaround continued Monday night when they took a 3-0 lead into the third period at home against the New York Islanders.[/size]

The Islanders proceeded to score seven goals in the third period, almost matching their total from their three previous games combined, to beat the Canucks 7-4. It was a late-game collapse that had Vancouver coach John Tortorella vexed.

"As a coach, this is my responsibility," Tortorella said after practice Tuesday. "I'm going to try to turn this around."

Goaltender Eddie Lack won't get much rest after allowing six goals on 14 third-period shots against the Islanders. He will be back in net for Vancouver, with recent acquisition Jacob Markstrom serving as backup.

Forward Zack Kassian will be serving the final game of a three-game suspension.

Jets: Winnipeg started 9-2-0 after replacing coach Claude Noel with Paul Maurice. That run catapulted the Jets into playoff contention, but they've struggled to maintain that pace, earning one regulation win in six games since the end of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

They competed hard against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night but fell 3-2 in overtime on Matt Duchene's goal scored off a broken play in front of the Winnipeg net. The loss was Winnipeg's fourth in a row, their longest such streak since a five-game skid in early January that led to Noel's firing.

"A little bad luck in front of our net with the puck and it's in the back," Maurice said. "There were a lot of good things. Penalty-killing is good. We just wish it didn't have to be so good so often."

Maurice has praised his fifth-ranked penalty kill of late, but his fear the unit may be overworked is warranted. Only three teams have been shorthanded more times this season than the Jets.

Who's hot: Canucks defensman Yannick Weber has points in his past two games. Forward Shawn Matthias has one point in three games since arriving as part of the Luongo trade, but has six points in his past five games. … Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien scored twice against Colorado and has three goals and four points in his past two games. Center Bryan Little has four points in his past four games.

Injury report: The Canucks are missing forwards Daniel Sedin (hamstring), Brad Richardson (undisclosed) and Mike Santorelli (shoulder) as well as defenseman Andrew Alberts (concussion). Defenseman Ryan Stanton (undisclosed) has missed three games but skated with the team Tuesday. … For the Jets, forwards Mark Scheifele (knee), John Albert (upper body) and James Wright (ankle) are out, as is defenseman Grant Clitsome (back).

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Re: Vancouver @ Winnipeg 4:30 PM PT TSN

Postby Strangelove » Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:22 pm

GO CANUCKS GO!

GO CANUCKS GO!!

GO CANUCKS GO!!!

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Re: Vancouver @ Winnipeg 4:30 PM PT TSN

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Re: Vancouver @ Winnipeg 4:30 PM PT TSN

Postby Blob Mckenzie » Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:21 pm

Go Jets Go !!
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Re: Vancouver @ Winnipeg 4:30 PM PT TSN

Postby Mr.Miyagi » Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:45 pm

The book is out in Lack. He plays on the goal line and drops to his knees every shot. Shoot high.

Was a perfect snipe but still...
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Re: Vancouver @ Winnipeg 4:30 PM PT TSN

Postby Island Nucklehead » Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:55 pm

Mr.Miyagi wrote:The book is out in Lack. He plays on the goal line and drops to his knees every shot. Shoot high.

Was a perfect snipe but still...



Nothing Lack can do about that. At all.
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Re: Vancouver @ Winnipeg 4:30 PM PT TSN

Postby Island Nucklehead » Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:00 pm

Burrows being his terrible self again. Wow has he gone from top-6 to waiver-wire fast.
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Re: Vancouver @ Winnipeg 4:30 PM PT TSN

Postby Island Nucklehead » Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:16 pm

Island Nucklehead wrote:Burrows being his terrible self again. Wow has he gone from top-6 to waiver-wire fast.


Yay Burrows.

Well... now he's tied with John Scott, Jared Boll, Kevin Westgarth and Sheldon Brookbank.


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Re: Vancouver @ Winnipeg 4:30 PM PT TSN

Postby Hank » Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:16 pm

I don't care if Burrows goes on a goal-a-game pace for the rest of the season. That contract has to go.
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Re: Vancouver @ Winnipeg 4:30 PM PT TSN

Postby rats19 » Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:31 pm

Hank wrote:I don't care if Burrows goes on a goal-a-game pace for the rest of the season. That contract has to go.

I am not so down on Burrows....matters not to me if he stays
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Re: Vancouver @ Winnipeg 4:30 PM PT TSN

Postby Island Nucklehead » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:04 pm

rats19 wrote:
Hank wrote:I don't care if Burrows goes on a goal-a-game pace for the rest of the season. That contract has to go.

I am not so down on Burrows....matters not to me if he stays


Holy Shit! Burrows is seriously climbing the leaderboards. Now he's tied with Cody McLoed, Keith Ballard, Paul Bissonette and Aaron Volpatti!
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Re: Vancouver @ Winnipeg 4:30 PM PT TSN

Postby rats19 » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:07 pm

In my opening game day thread. For shits n giggles below hanks 1000 th I was gonna put...burrows with 3 tonight...lol
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Re: Vancouver @ Winnipeg 4:30 PM PT TSN

Postby Blob Mckenzie » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:10 pm

The biter is putting the team on his back. No way Eye Bags can get rid of him. A Canuck for life ! This sadsack franchise will probably retire his number one day too. Fuck me.
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Re: Vancouver @ Winnipeg 4:30 PM PT TSN

Postby rats19 » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:14 pm

Blob Mckenzie wrote:The biter is putting the team on his back. No way Eye Bags can get rid of him. A Canuck for life ! This sadsack franchise will probably retire his number one day too. Fuck me.

Hahaha..funny shit blob
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Re: Vancouver @ Winnipeg 4:30 PM PT TSN

Postby Hockey Widow » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:16 pm

How is that not a penalty for running over Lack?
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