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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/7/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



VANCOUVER (11-6-0-5, 27 pts.) at COLUMBUS (7-12-0-4, 18 pts.)
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Thursday, 3/7/2013 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
51VANCOUVER-180Ov 5.5,+100-160Ov 5.5,+120
52COLUMBUS+160Un 5.5,-120+140Un 5.5,-140
VANCOUVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games11-11-0-4.211-11-4.210-92.928.42.828.0
Team Stats (Road Games)5-5-0-0.85-5-0.84-42.827.32.927.7
Last 5 Games1-4-0-51-4-54-02.829.04.227.0
VANCOUVER Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)22632025153362510.1%881415.9%98
Team Stats (Road Games)102811881027310.3%43614.0%45
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)514572011459.7%1300.0%22
Stats Against (All Games) 61142517576179.9%841619.0%91
Stats Against (Road Games) 2971192327710.5%42921.4%43
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 215871313515.6%16425.0%32
VANCOUVER - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
ROBERTO LUONGO (All Games)111027324991.2%15-5-1.65-5-0-13-6
ROBERTO LUONGO (Road Games)5512811388.3%02-3-1.82-3-0-12-2
ROBERTO LUONGO (Last 4 Games)44988485.7%01-3-3.21-3-0-33-1
CORY SCHNEIDER (All Games)121234231291.2%06-6-2.66-6-0-37-3
CORY SCHNEIDER (Road Games)5514813792.6%03-2+13-2-0+12-2
CORY SCHNEIDER (Last 4 Games)441069690.6%02-2-1.22-2-0-13-0

COLUMBUS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-16-0-77-16-710-122.326.83.029.1
Team Stats (Home Games)5-7-0-15-7-17-42.829.73.028.2
Last 5 Games2-3-0-0.72-3-0.73-22.628.42.829.8
COLUMBUS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)2353141719326168.6%921314.1%92
Team Stats (Home Games)123481113213569.6%541018.5%61
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)513344211429.2%16318.7%22
Stats Against (All Games) 692519214467010.3%821214.6%123
Stats Against (Home Games) 361013103333910.6%45613.3%66
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 14471201499.4%1100.0%25
COLUMBUS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)141336633290.7%14-9-3.94-9-0-33-9
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Home Games)8720018190.5%02-5-2.92-5-0-33-3
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)431029492.2%01-2-0.81-2-0-11-2
STEVE MASON (All Games)111030127089.7%13-7-3.23-7-0-37-3
STEVE MASON (Home Games)6513712389.8%03-2+1.83-2-0+24-1
STEVE MASON (Last 4 Games)441049288.5%11-3-21-3-0-23-1
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ALLEN YORK (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ALLEN YORK (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
Average power rating of opponents played: VANCOUVER 3.26,  COLUMBUS 3.28
VANCOUVER - Schedule
2/9/2013CALGARY5-1W0, -205W5.5 unO
2/12/2013MINNESOTA2-1W0, -235W5 ovU
2/15/2013DALLAS3-4L0, -185L5 ovO
2/17/2013ST LOUIS3-4L0, -145L5.5 unO
2/19/2013at CHICAGO3-4L0, +100L5.5 unO
2/21/2013at DALLAS4-3W0, -150W5 ovO
2/22/2013at NASHVILLE1-0W0, -115W5 unU
2/24/2013at DETROIT3-8L0, -150L5 ovO
2/26/2013PHOENIX2-4L0, -185L5 ovO
3/2/2013LOS ANGELES5-2W0, -125W5 unO
3/3/2013at CALGARY2-4L0, -125L5 ovO
3/5/2013SAN JOSE2-3L0, -140L5 unP
3/7/2013at COLUMBUS 
3/10/2013at MINNESOTA 
3/12/2013at COLUMBUS 

COLUMBUS - Schedule
2/10/2013EDMONTON1-3L0, -115L5.5 unU
2/11/2013SAN JOSE6-2W0, +165W5.5 unO
2/15/2013at LOS ANGELES1-2L0, +155L5 ovU
2/16/2013at PHOENIX3-5L0, +190L5 ovO
2/18/2013at ANAHEIM2-3L0, +170L5.5 unU
2/21/2013at DETROIT3-2W0, +150W5.5 unU
2/23/2013at ST LOUIS1-2L0, +190L5.5 unU
2/24/2013at CHICAGO0-1L0, +245L5.5 unU
2/26/2013DALLAS4-5L0, +100L5.5 unO
3/1/2013at CHICAGO3-4L0, +230L5 ovO
3/3/2013COLORADO2-1W0, +125W5.5 unU
3/5/2013EDMONTON4-3W0, +105W5.5 unO
3/10/2013at DETROIT 

LAST SEASON: 51-22-9, 111 points. Lost to Los Angeles 4-1 in first round.

COACH: Alain Vigneault, 7TH SEASON, 287-155-50; 11th overall 396-273-54.

ADDED: D Jason Garrison, D Derek Joslin, RW Guillaume Desbiens.

LOST: D Sami Salo, D Aaron Rome, D Marc-Andre Gragnani, RW Mark Mancari.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Cory Schneider. He replaced Roberto Luongo during last year's first-round exit and the 33-year-old goaltender seem to be on his way out. The 26-year-old Schneider signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension last summer.

OUTLOOK: The Canucks have perhaps more urgency than any other NHL team to win the Stanley Cup. Vancouver led the league in points the past two regular seasons. After being a win away from hoisting the Cup for the first time in 2011, the Canucks won only one postseason game last year against the Kings.


LAST SEASON: 29-46-7, 65 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in the Western Conference.

COACH: Todd Richards, 2nd season with Blue Jackets, interim head coach last year, 18-21-2; 4th overall, 95-92-18 in NHL.

ADDED: RW Brandon Dubinsky, GT Sergei Bobrovsky, LW Nick Foligno, C Artem Anisimov, D Adrian Aucoin, D Tim Erixon.

LOST: RW Rick Nash; C Samuel Pahlsson; D Marc Methot; D Grant Clitsome; GT Curtis Sanford; D Brett Lebda.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Bobrovsky. Acquired in trade with Philadelphia, he'll likely either take over the starting job or push Steve Mason, who won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in the Blue Jackets' only playoff year in 2009 but has struggled in the past three seasons.

OUTLOOK: Coming off the worst record in the league, and with captain and lone offensive star Nash asking for a trade, the Blue Jackets transformed their roster by dealing him to the New York Rangers along with a minor-league defenseman and a third-round pick for Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon and a first-round pick. With three first-rounders this summer, new team president John Davidson is building for the future. These 48 games are hoped to be a first step back toward respectability.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (VANCOUVER-COLUMBUS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Canucks-Blue Jackets Preview* ==============================


Vancouver (11-6-5) at Columbus (7-12-4), 7:00 p.m. EDT

The Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks have struggled to get things going of late.

The NHL-worst Columbus Blue Jackets are finally starting to show signs of life.

In the season's first meeting, slumping Vancouver kicks off a three-game road trip Thursday night looking to continue its recent dominance of Columbus, which tries to build on its first set of back-to-back wins.

After averaging a league-high 3.1 goals over the previous three seasons, Vancouver (11-6-5) finds itself in the middle of the pack with 2.8 per game. The Canucks, who've gone 3-4-3 since Feb. 15, saw their woes continue Tuesday in a 3-2 shootout loss to San Jose.

"Our record isn't as good of late, but we know we can play some better hockey," Mason Raymond said.

Right wing Jannik Hansen scored for the third consecutive game but Vancouver went 0 for 5 on the power play. The Canucks have gone 0 for 15 on the man advantage over their last six contests, scoring two or fewer four times.

"We've got to start scoring goals and that's the bottom line," captain Henrik Sedin, who added his fourth tally Tuesday, told the team's official website.

The Canucks have to be feeling good about their chances of picking up steam with two upcoming matchups against the Blue Jackets (7-12-4), whom they've outscored 42-23 during a 10-0-1 run. After this game, Vancouver visits Minnesota on Sunday before returning to Columbus on Tuesday.

Last in the league with 18 points, the Blue Jackets are coming off a couple big wins. Two days after beating Colorado 2-1, Columbus got by Edmonton 4-3 in a shootout Tuesday.

Leading the team with nine goals and 14 points, Vinny Prospal scored for the third straight game and added an assist while Sergei Bobrovsky stopped all 21 shots after replacing an ineffective Steve Mason early in the second period. Columbus has killed all 17 of its opponents' power-play opportunities over the last seven contests.

"I sense guys (have) a little bit more confidence," said coach Todd Richards, whose team outshot the Oilers 38-29. "It's nice to see the guys get rewarded for their hard work and their efforts."

While Richards was pleased with his team's overall performance, he knows there are still plenty of things to work on.

"I thought tonight there were some areas in our game where we didn't manage the puck, it was turnovers ... and I think it was just us being sloppy in our own zone," he said.

"We have to be better versus Vancouver on Thursday. ... As a coach, you always want more. You always chase perfection. You never get it, but you always chase it."

Bobrovsky has never started against the Canucks. Mason, meanwhile, is 1-4-2 with a 3.46 goals-against average over his last seven starts in the series.

Whoever is in goal will need to be wary of Daniel Sedin, who's notched four goals and 11 assists during Vancouver's 11-game point streak against Columbus.

Cory Schneider, who made 28 saves Tuesday, is 3-1-1 with a 2.17 GAA on the road. He's compiled a 2.00 mark in winning five consecutive starts against the Blue Jackets.

Roberto Luongo has seen his GAA rise 74 points to 2.19 after allowing 11 goals over his last two starts. Luongo is 3-0-1 with a 1.66 GAA over his last four matchups in the series, but he's 1-4-1 in six career visits to Columbus.

Last Updated: 6/22/2018 4:01:08 PM EST

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