In a rivalry that has mellowed of late, the Avalanche come back to town to visit up with Luongo and the boys. Joe Sakic, a Canuck killer for pretty much his whole career is out with a bad back. Hansen is back after groin troubles.
Budaj has been subpar in net for the Avalanche, but he has played well against the Canucks in the past. Get to him early and the Canucks should be able to put the Avalanche away. Get behind, and it might be a different story.
No talking about the you-know-what streak.
I'll say 3-1 Canucks with Pyatt, Salo and Bernier scoring. Hejduk for Colorado.
So dork and I posted GDTs at the same time. I'll delete mine and give my thoughts on the game here.
3 straight for Luongo. I will not mention what exactly that is, in fear of jinxing Luongo. How much longer can the streak go? I'm not sure. The Avs usually show up for the Canucks, so I will say 3-2 Canucks in OT.
Salo (for pool purposes), Bernier and Burrows (winner) for the Canucks (Wellwood 2 assists).
It is so weird not to see Sakic in the lineup for a Vancouver game. Without Stastny and Hejduk firing as they can, and a strong offensive defenseman to release the speedy forwards, the Avalanche look very average.