Tuesday, December 18, 2007
7:00 PM PST, 10:00 EST
TV: Sportsnet Pacific
For the first time since Roberto Luongo joined the Vancouver Canucks, he will face the NHL's incumbent VÃ©zina Trophy winner in Martin Brodeur
- As mentioned, Martin Brodeur
faces Roberto Luongo
for the first time since the Canucks acquired the latter. Luongo hasn't played Since Dec. 8, but declared himself ready
for tonight's game. It remains to be seen how he handles the off-time.
- Brodeur, for his part, is on a tear, going 11-1-1 (1.68 GAA, 2 SO) in his last 13 starts. His totals are more modest all-time against the Canucks, though, at 6-8-0 (2.59 GAA, .891 SV%). Luongo's career as an Islander/Panther against the Devils is a rougher 4-13-0 (3.24 GAA, .907 SV%)
- the Devils haven't visited Vancouver since the waning days of 2001. Los Diablos actually haven't won a game in Vancouver since the Garth Snow
days, in March 1999!
- Zach Parise
is the Devils' leading scorer at 15-20-35. His multiples-of-5 scoring are countered with Henrik Sedin's
multiples-of-6 scoring at 6-24-30.
- despite Luongo's return, the Canucks are, of course, without Brendan Morrison
and Kevin Bieksa
indefinitely, as well as Jeff Cowan
(and I assume still Brad Isbister
?). For New Jersey, I believe Cam Janssen
is the only unhealthy scratch.
- interesting factoid: in his career, Markus NÃ¤slund
has never scored a goal against the Devils. Though a number of the games would have come from his Pittsburgh days, in 17 games he has a paltry 0-5-5. To put things in perspective, Brad Isbister has 4-6-10 in 21 games. Or, for yet more perspective, Brian Gionta
has 3 goals in 4 games against the Canucks, Patrik Elias
7 goals in 10 games.