GDT: Canucks @ HollywooDD, CBC, 7:00pm PST

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GDT: Canucks @ HollywooDD, CBC, 7:00pm PST

Postby CFP! » Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:00 am

Lineup looks to be the same, with the exception of Lu.

ie: no Higgins, Booth, Rome etc.

Hoping for a Luongo win, with DDoughty having a four point night.

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Canucks-Kings Preview

After a slow start, the Vancouver Canucks are closing the calendar year back among the elite teams in the Western Conference.

The Canucks look to win their fourth straight when they visit the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

Vancouver won the Presidents' Trophy last season, but seemed to suffer a Stanley Cup loss hangover to open 2011-12. On Nov. 19, the Canucks were tied for 11th place in the West with 19 points (9-9-1).

Vancouver (24-12-2) has gone an NHL-best 15-3-1 since then, and has won six of seven and three straight to move to the top of the Northwest Division. The Canucks won 5-2 at Anaheim on Thursday, behind two goals from Daniel Sedin and a goal and two assists by Henrik Sedin.

"We're as good as last year (at this stage), but we're a different team," Daniel Sedin said. "We had a lot of new faces coming in, and different kinds of players. But we have a deep lineup and we've got everyone contributing on the back end. (Thursday), three of our lines scored and the fourth was playing extremely well."

Goaltending has been key to the turnaround. Through their first 19 games, the Canucks were giving up an average of 2.9 goals. They've allowed just 1.9 per game since then, with Roberto Luongo winning nine of his last 11 starts (9-1-1) to improve to 16-7-2 on the season.

Cory Schneider started Thursday's victory, but Luongo made 28 saves in a 3-2 win over the Kings on Nov. 10. He improved to 6-1-1 in his last eight starts versus Los Angeles, including three playoff outings. He has a 2.10 goals-against average during that stretch.

The Sedin twins have also played well against the Kings. Daniel has a nine-game point streak versus Los Angeles with six goals and nine assists while Henrik has 20 points in his last 17 games in the series.

The Kings (18-14-6), tied with San Jose atop the Pacific Division with 42 points, have also gotten solid play from their goaltending tandem of Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier, giving up a total of 10 goals during a 4-0-2 stretch.

One night after Quick shut out Chicago, Bernier made 26 saves Thursday at Winnipeg but wound up on the losing end of a 1-0 score after Evander Kane beat him 1:09 into overtime.

"We were moving the puck, but we just couldn't finish it off," said Los Angeles forward Anze Kopitar, who has 10 goals on the season but none in his last 17 games. "You've got to work hard to create chances, and then you have to bear down on it. That's all there is to it."

The Kings are searching for offensive consistency. They're 0 for 21 on the power play over their last six games although they have managed 13 goals in that span.

Quick could be back in net Saturday, but has lost his last three starts against Vancouver - all versus Luongo - while allowing eight goals. He is 5-11-1 with a 2.64 goals-against average in his career versus the Canucks.

This contest begins a stretch of six straight for the Kings at Staples Center.
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Re: GDT: Canucks @ HollywooDD, CBC, 7:00pm PST

Postby dhabums » Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:12 am

Isn't there a rule against starting GDT early?

It'll be nice to have the game on CBC with 7000 Canucks fans in attendance. Totally classless fans cheering for Vancouver albeit.
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Re: GDT: Canucks @ HollywooDD, CBC, 7:00pm PST

Postby Strangelove » Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:19 am

dhabums wrote:Isn't there a rule against starting GDT early?


*looks at Farhan* :hmmm:

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Re: GDT: Canucks @ HollywooDD, CBC, 7:00pm PST

Postby Hockey Widow » Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:59 am

Well, we gotta keep pace with Chicago if we want to end the year in first, or tied for it anyway. LA is getting lights out goaltending right now. If we make Quick look like Thomas of last year we will be in for a long disappointing night. The key, as in most games we play, is to score first. We play so much better with the lead.
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Re: GDT: Canucks @ HollywooDD, CBC, 7:00pm PST

Postby Larry Goodenough » Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:59 am

I just read the Lakers are playing this afternoon in the Staples Center.

That means the ice will be uncovered for 1/2 hour before warmup and the game will be played with flubber instead of a puck.

Bad ice is often the great equalizer.

Also, take the under.
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Re: GDT: Canucks @ HollywooDD, CBC, 7:00pm PST

Postby CFP! » Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:50 pm

dhabums wrote:Isn't there a rule against starting GDT early?

It'll be nice to have the game on CBC with 7000 Canucks fans in attendance. Totally classless fans cheering for Vancouver albeit.


Actually, I didn't actually mean to do it but it's posted at 12am. Unless my board settings are incorrect. ;)

Cant decide if I am into to hockey tonight. The Canucks are winning at will, and the Canadian juniors are playing a meaningless game. Hopefully Ron McLean will put his foot in his mouth again tonight.
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Re: GDT: Canucks @ HollywooDD, CBC, 7:00pm PST

Postby Meds » Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:24 pm

This game will be "Quickly" decided at some point.
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Re: GDT: Canucks @ HollywooDD, CBC, 7:00pm PST

Postby BCReefer » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:18 pm

How in the hell did Sedin see Bieksa on that 1st goal?

Wow - just freaking wow.
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Re: GDT: Canucks @ HollywooDD, CBC, 7:00pm PST

Postby tantalum » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:50 pm

What a terrible period for the canucks and even worse ice.

I really wish the NHL would start fining teams for poor ice.
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Re: GDT: Canucks @ HollywooDD, CBC, 7:00pm PST

Postby Hockey Widow » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:53 pm

The only thing to be said for that period is that the Kings were the better team, by a country mile. Lets hope that the Canucks feel that and respond for the last 40 or this will be a loss. We have a chance to been tied for first and put more distance between Minnesota so this is a big game as far as I can see. Perhaps the players see something different?
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Re: GDT: Canucks @ HollywooDD, CBC, 7:00pm PST

Postby griz » Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:34 pm

I think I hate the Kings more than any other team.

If they were called for all their dirty crap ... well, they have a good penalty kill so they can get away with it. FUCK.

Watching the World Juniors demonstrates how the game should be officiated. I think the NHL does this on purpose to create emotional content so that we'll all tune in next time there's a fight ... I mean game.
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Re: GDT: Canucks @ HollywooDD, CBC, 7:00pm PST

Postby Blaster86 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:35 pm

Oh good, Bellyflopuongo is back. A simple push off and he's following Kopitar across and instead he just lays forward.

Jesus fuck, why? So bad.
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Re: GDT: Canucks @ HollywooDD, CBC, 7:00pm PST

Postby rats19 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:44 pm

What a pack of assholes....I do not want to lose this game...dirty should not continue to be refuckingwarded.
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Re: GDT: Canucks @ HollywooDD, CBC, 7:00pm PST

Postby griz » Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:18 pm

Punish the Sedins and reward Doughty.

This is total BS.
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Re: GDT: Canucks @ HollywooDD, CBC, 7:00pm PST

Postby rats19 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:27 pm

Hate the
Ice
Kings
Reffing
Score
Game
Brussel sprouts

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