GDT- Feb 4, 2012 at Colorado Avalanche

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GDT- Feb 4, 2012 at Colorado Avalanche

Postby Uncle dans leg » Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:38 am

MODS please move to Game Day Forum...Sorry
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CANUCKS (31-15-5) at AVALANCHE (26-25-2)

TV: SNET-Pacific (HD), ALTITUDE (HD)

LAST 10: Vancouver 6-2-2; Colorado 3-6-1

Season Series: It's the third of six regular-season meetings between these Northwest Division rivals. In the last one on Dec. 6, Daniel Sedin notched a hat trick as the Canucks rolled to a 6-0 win. Vancouver has outscored Colorado 9-0 in two head-to-head wins this season.

Big Story: The Avs welcome the division-leading Canucks to Pepsi Center trying to put the wheels back on the bus. Colorado mustered 37 shots against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, but Niklas Backstrom registered a 1-0 shutout as the Avs suffered their fourth straight loss. The Canucks had their three-game win streak snapped by losing 4-3 in a shootout to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday at Rogers Arena.

Team Scope:

Canucks: The Wings were on the top of their game in Vancouver, getting 43 shots on Roberto Luongo. But Luongo made 40 saves, and Ryan Kesler, Alexandre Burrows and Mason Raymond each answered Detroit goals to help Vancouver earn a point. But Detroit got the extra point when Pavel Datsyuk and Jiri Hudler scored in the shootout and Jimmy Howard stopped two shots -- dropping Vancouver to 3-5 in the tiebreaker.

"You have to take the positives out of it," Kesler said. "We obviously fought through a lot. We're down twice, three times in the game, and battled back every time and got a point out of it, which was important."

Avalanche: For the second time in a three-game stretch, the Avs failed to gain ground in a home game against the Wild, who occupy the final playoff spot in the West. Colorado opened up a four-game homestand by outshooting Minnesota 37-21, but was held without a goal on home ice for the third time this season.

The Avs bring a four-game losing streak into the game against the Canucks, with all four losses by one goal.

"It's real frustrating," rookie forward Gabriel Landeskog told the Denver Post. "We should have gotten a couple of goals on them [Thursday]. I know I had some chances in close. We have to just try to reload and get the next game."

Who's Hot: Kesler's goal extended his point streak to four games (three goals, one assist). … Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly has accumulated four goals and four assists over his last nine games.

Injury Report: Chris Higgins (illness) did not travel with the team and will miss Saturday's game at Colorado. Andrew Ebbett (collarbone surgery) and Aaron Volpatti (shoulder surgery) remain out for Vancouver. ... Matt Duchene (knee) is several weeks away from returning to the Avs' lineup.

Stat Pack: After leading the NHL by converting on 24.3 percent of their power-play chances last season, the Canucks lead the League again in that category (22.9) through 51 games this season.

Puck Drop: The Canucks begin a four-game trip looking for the kind of dominance they had for most of last season but have shown only in spurts in 2011-12.

"There's times during the season when you are not going to have everyone at 100 percent, and I think right now we are in a stretch where we're not executing," captain Henrik Sedin told the Vancouver Sun. "But we have a good group in here and we are going to be in a lot of games, we are going to battle back in a lot of games. But this is not the way we want to get our points."

I'm hoping for a half decent game but given how shitty the Av's are these days I'm not so confident the boys are all that motivated. Prove me wrong please....
It's hard to believe this is the same historical enemy that were the Canucks biggest rivals for the better part of 15 years or so. Now they're along the same lines as the Blue Jackets. Sucks to be them.
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Re: GDT- Feb 4, 2012 at Colorado Avalanche

Postby clem » Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:22 am

Nice intro / work, but..................................it would be better in the Game Day Forum.

Meanwhile, Bitz is reported as making it to the game (Murphy). I want to see how he will use his 6-5, 220, & inclination to be physical. Videos of his fighting skills aren't encouraging though.
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Re: GDT- Feb 4, 2012 at Colorado Avalanche

Postby BladesofSteel » Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:27 am

Bitz is in and will wear #34 as per Murph
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Re: GDT- Feb 4, 2012 at Colorado Avalanche

Postby ukcanuck » Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:27 am

Uncle dans leg wrote:It's hard to believe this is the same historical enemy that were the Canucks biggest rivals for the better part of 15 years or so. Now they're along the same lines as the Blue Jackets. Sucks to be them.



It does suck to be them, but it must suck worse to suffer with your team as they put together a system and a contending team and have to watch them as their bastard owner sells out to interests south of the border and then watch as that team puts together multiple championships. I am sure that sucks much worse.
As for the Colorado hockey fan, they got a team off the backs of Quebec City fans, they didn't have to suffer through a building process, life was pretty good in Denver, till now.....now the league gets to find out about the quality of hockey fans going forward. Will they stick around while the team has to work its way up from stink? we shall see... :drink: :drink:
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Re: GDT- Feb 4, 2012 at Colorado Avalanche

Postby Fred » Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:39 pm

clem wrote:Nice intro / work, but..................................it would be better in the Game Day Forum.

Meanwhile, Bitz is reported as making it to the game (Murphy). I want to see how he will use his 6-5, 220, & inclination to be physical. Videos of his fighting skills aren't encouraging though.


As long as he has the speed/quickness to get in on the fore check and lay a few licks on their D. I believe he answers the bell if challenged, when you go into a fight it's a coin toss what might happen, break a knuckle on a helmet step on a stick. But yes it would be nice if his scrapping skills alone were enough to make the opposition think twice before starting any thing :twisted:
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Re: GDT- Feb 4, 2012 at Colorado Avalanche

Postby clem » Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:12 pm

Raymond's softness was evident on the first shift of the game. Two players looking for one puck & Raymond watches it leave with the other guy.
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Re: GDT- Feb 4, 2012 at Colorado Avalanche

Postby clem » Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:13 pm

Kesler's game is heating up.
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Re: GDT- Feb 4, 2012 at Colorado Avalanche

Postby rockalt » Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:26 pm

First game I've been able to watch live in some time. Suddenly loving the Americans' affinity for weekend afternoon games!

Great shot by Kesler. Nice to see his game picking up of late but I can't wait 'til Higgins returns. I like his game a lot more than Raymond's, though admittedly I've been impressed by Raymond's backchecking.
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Re: GDT- Feb 4, 2012 at Colorado Avalanche

Postby mathonwy » Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:31 pm

Wow. Almost missed the game. Didn't know they were playing during the day!! :devil:
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Re: GDT- Feb 4, 2012 at Colorado Avalanche

Postby clem » Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:33 pm

Raymond's defence and abiltiy to gain the offensive zone are good, but once there he is a perimeter jitterbug.

Higgins is a real spark plug for the second line. Lots of hussle, but all this illness must be deflating.
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Re: GDT- Feb 4, 2012 at Colorado Avalanche

Postby mathonwy » Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:38 pm

Holy fuck is the ice ever bad.
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Re: GDT- Feb 4, 2012 at Colorado Avalanche

Postby clem » Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:42 pm

Chalk up a win for Bitz. Had third line duty as well.

So far so good for Bitz.
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Re: GDT- Feb 4, 2012 at Colorado Avalanche

Postby rats19 » Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:50 pm

Why are we not shooting the puck????
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Re: GDT- Feb 4, 2012 at Colorado Avalanche

Postby Uncle dans leg » Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:51 pm

Just hangin in there. I'd like to see a better physical push back in the second. They're kind of pushing us around a little more than I'd like.
There's a few assets in that line up that would really look good in Canucks blue & green though.
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Re: GDT- Feb 4, 2012 at Colorado Avalanche

Postby Listercat » Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:59 pm

clem wrote:Raymond's defence and abiltiy to gain the offensive zone are good, but once there he is a perimeter jitterbug.

Higgins is a real spark plug for the second line. Lots of hussle, but all this illness must be deflating.



Who was in front tying up 2 defenders on Kesler's goal ???
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