|13||VANCOUVER||-125||Ov 5.5,+105||-135||Ov 5.5,+115|
|14||COLORADO||+105||Un 5.5,-125||+115||Un 5.5,-135|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8-7-0||-0.3||8-7||-0.3||5-8||2.4||27.9||2.5||27.8|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||0||3-2||0||1-4||1.8||27.0||2.2||27.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||31||84||26||33||21||4||5||882||9.5%||116||15||12.9%||132|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||15||36||13||10||11||2||1||418||8.6%||57||6||10.5%||57|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||3||4||2||0||0||135||6.7%||19||1||5.3%||16|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||10||27||6||14||5||2||1||305||8.9%||41||6||14.6%||40|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||83||19||30||28||6||7||875||9.5%||111||20||18.0%||130|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||37||10||13||11||3||3||417||8.9%||57||11||19.3%||59|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||1||2||8||0||0||139||7.9%||15||3||20.0%||22|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||21||5||8||7||1||2||282||7.4%||36||7||19.4%||36|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (All Games)||15||14||384||347||90.4%||1||7-7||-3||7-7-0||-2||5-8|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Road Games)||6||6||155||139||89.7%||0||3-3||-0.8||3-3-0||0||2-3|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (vs. Division)||6||6||156||145||92.9%||1||3-3||-1.2||3-3-0||0||1-5|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Last 4 Games)||4||4||111||98||88.3%||0||2-2||-1.4||2-2-0||-2||2-2|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (All Games)||17||17||489||450||92.0%||0||9-8||-2.2||9-8-0||-3||8-7|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Road Games)||9||9||261||243||93.1%||0||5-4||+0.4||5-4-0||0||3-5|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (vs. Division)||4||4||125||117||93.6%||0||3-1||+1.7||3-1-0||+2||2-1|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||120||113||94.2%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||9-6-0||+2.4||9-6||+2.4||6-6||3.0||32.1||2.8||30.1|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.1||1-4||-3.1||5-0||3.0||30.4||4.8||32.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||30||77||19||32||23||3||3||897||8.6%||87||13||14.9%||133|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||15||45||9||21||13||2||1||482||9.3%||46||6||13.0%||77|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||3||7||5||0||0||152||9.9%||10||2||20.0%||25|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||11||32||7||12||12||1||3||348||9.2%||35||4||11.4%||55|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||97||36||36||21||4||4||969||10.0%||121||24||19.8%||167|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||42||22||12||7||1||0||452||9.3%||60||5||8.3%||73|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||24||11||9||4||0||1||163||14.7%||17||2||11.8%||41|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||43||16||16||11||0||3||346||12.4%||44||12||27.3%||74|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (All Games)||7||5||176||159||90.3%||0||2-3||-0.2||2-3-0||0||4-1|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Home Games)||1||1||14||10||71.4%||0||0-1||-1.1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (vs. Division)||3||3||71||61||85.9%||0||2-1||+1.8||2-1-0||+2||3-0|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Last 4 Games)||4||3||102||91||89.2%||0||0-3||-3.1||0-3-0||-3||2-1|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (All Games)||26||25||790||714||90.4%||3||9-16||-8||9-16-0||-8||9-12|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Home Games)||15||14||438||400||91.3%||2||9-5||+3.4||9-5-0||+4||5-6|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (vs. Division)||9||8||272||242||89.0%||1||2-6||-4.5||2-6-0||-5||4-4|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Last 4 Games)||4||3||93||79||84.9%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||3-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: VANCOUVER 3.25, COLORADO 3.24|
|2/26/2013||PHOENIX||2-4||L||0, -185||L||5 ov||O|
|3/2/2013||LOS ANGELES||5-2||W||0, -125||W||5 un||O|
|3/3/2013||at CALGARY||2-4||L||0, -125||L||5 ov||O|
|3/5/2013||SAN JOSE||2-3||L||0, -140||L||5 un||P|
|3/7/2013||at COLUMBUS||1-2||L||0, -160||L||5 ov||U|
|3/10/2013||at MINNESOTA||2-4||L||0, -130||L||5 ev||O|
|3/12/2013||at COLUMBUS||2-1||W||0, -145||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/14/2013||NASHVILLE||7-4||W||0, -170||W||5 un||O|
|3/16/2013||DETROIT||2-5||L||0, -185||L||5 ov||O|
|3/18/2013||MINNESOTA||1-3||L||0, -150||L||5 ov||U|
|3/19/2013||ST LOUIS||3-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/21/2013||at PHOENIX||2-1||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||U|
|3/23/2013||at LOS ANGELES||1-0||W||0, +135||W||5 ev||U|
|3/24/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|3/30/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|4/1/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|2/26/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-3||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/28/2013||CALGARY||5-4||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/3/2013||at COLUMBUS||1-2||L||0, -145||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/5/2013||at DETROIT||1-2||L||0, +150||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/6/2013||at CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +190||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/8/2013||CHICAGO||6-2||W||0, +120||W||5 ov||O|
|3/10/2013||SAN JOSE||3-2||W||0, -130||W||5 ov||P|
|3/12/2013||EDMONTON||0-4||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/14/2013||at MINNESOTA||3-5||L||0, +130||L||5 ev||O|
|3/16/2013||MINNESOTA||4-6||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||O|
|3/18/2013||CHICAGO||2-5||L||0, +140||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/20/2013||DALLAS||4-3||W||0, -120||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/23/2013||at DALLAS||2-5||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/27/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|3/28/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
|4/1/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|4/2/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
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: 41-35-6, 88 points. Missed postseason.
COACH: Joe Sacco, 4th season with Avalanche, 114-109-23.
ADDED: RW P.A. Parenteau, C John Mitchell, D Greg Zanon
LOST: C Peter Mueller, C Jay McClement, C Joakim Lindstrom.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Gabriel Landeskog. The Avalanche believe so highly in the 20-year-old that they made him the youngest captain in NHL history. Landeskog is coming off a stellar season in which he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.
OUTLOOK: The Avs will have plenty of scoring punch - even more if they can sign restricted free-agent center Ryan O'Reilly - but to return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons will largely depend on the play of goaltender Semyon Varlamov. He had a 2.59 goals-against average in his first season in Colorado after being acquired from Washington for a first-round pick. The Avs expect big things out of the young netminder.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (VANCOUVER-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Canucks-Avalanche Preview* ===========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Vancouver (15-9-6) at Colorado (11-14-4), 8:00 p.m. EDT
The Vancouver Canucks continue to keep pace at the top of the Northwest Division, and lately they've had their goalie to thank. Meanwhile, the Colorado Avalanche have been plagued by poor goaltending and continue to struggle at the bottom of the division.
Vancouver will look to continue its good fortunes and its dominance of the Avalanche on Sunday night in Denver.
The Canucks are 16-0-2 in their last 18 meetings with the Avalanche, outscoring them 66-29 during that stretch and shutting them out five times, including a 3-0 home win on Jan. 30.
Vancouver (16-9-6) won its third straight and fifth in seven games after a 1-0 victory at Los Angeles on Saturday helped it stay tied with Minnesota for first in the Northwest. Stellar goaltending from Cory Schneider has helped key the team's win streak, with Saturday marking his sixth career shutout.
Schneider hasn't been officially announced as the starter for Sunday but would figure to be a solid option since he has recorded shutouts in two of his last three starts against the Avalanche. He's stopped 85 of 88 shots over Vancouver's last three contests, improving to 8-5-3 this season.
"It's nice to have consecutive efforts in a row like that. When you have a good one and then a bad one, it's a little frustrating," Schneider said. "You can't sit on that and pat yourself on the back. You have to keep doing it, and that's the challenge of playing a lot of games."
Colorado's hopes for its first playoff appearance since 2010 are quickly dimming as the club sits last in the conference, seven points out of a playoff spot with 18 games remaining. The deficit seems even deeper considering the goaltending the Avalanche (11-15-4) have recently received.
They've dropped five of six after a 5-2 loss at Dallas on Saturday - the fourth time in five games they've yielded five or more goals. Semyon Varlamov has started each of those games, posting an .866 save percentage and getting pulled twice - including Saturday after he allowed four goals on 15 shots.
The Avalanche have also developed a bad habit of slow starts. After falling behind 2-0 in the first period on Saturday, Colorado has been outscored 36-19 in the first 20 minutes of games.
"We're getting scored on way too early and way too much right now," Matt Duchene said. "We're playing catch-up all game long. We haven't played with the lead in God knows how long and it's frustrating, that's for sure. We can't afford to put ourselves behind the eight-ball every game."
Making matters worse, Colorado's offense may be shorthanded going forward as captain Gabriel Landeskog was a late scratch for Saturday's game due to a torso injury. Landeskog, considered day-to-day, had already missed 11 games this year with head and leg injuries but had scored goals in a personal-best four straight games.
Vancouver's recent success has had nothing to do with its power play, which continues to be anemic. The Canucks have scored one goal on 43 chances over their last 15 games, with the last goal coming Monday in a 3-1 loss to Minnesota. Before that, the last power-play goal was Feb. 21 in a 4-3 win at Dallas.
Defenseman Alex Edler will serve the second of his two-game suspension he received after charging Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith behind the net in Thursday's 2-1 win at Phoenix.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 9:35:27 PM EST|