|17||COLORADO||+180||Ov 5,-140||+175||Ov 5,-145|
|18||VANCOUVER||-215||Un 5,+120||-210||Un 5,+125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-14-0||-11.7||2-14||-11.7||8-7||2.2||27.8||3.7||34.0|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.2||1-4||-3.2||4-1||2.6||29.2||4.0||30.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||32||82||20||34||25||3||3||955||8.6%||97||15||15.5%||143|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||16||35||10||13||11||1||2||445||7.9%||46||8||17.4%||62|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||2||6||5||0||0||146||8.9%||16||3||18.7%||22|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||13||37||8||14||14||1||3||406||9.1%||45||6||13.3%||65|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||104||39||40||21||4||4||1026||10.1%||127||26||20.5%||179|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||59||16||26||14||3||4||544||10.8%||64||20||31.2%||101|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||20||9||9||2||0||0||152||13.2%||17||3||17.6%||35|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||50||19||20||11||0||3||403||12.4%||50||14||28.0%||86|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (All Games)||8||6||206||186||90.3%||0||2-4||-1.2||2-4-0||-1||4-2|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Road Games)||6||4||162||149||92.0%||0||2-2||+0.9||2-2-0||+1||3-1|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (vs. Division)||4||4||101||88||87.1%||0||2-2||+0.8||2-2-0||+1||3-1|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Last 4 Games)||4||3||93||83||89.2%||0||0-3||-3.1||0-3-0||-3||1-2|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (All Games)||27||26||817||737||90.2%||3||9-17||-9.2||9-17-0||-9||10-12|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Road Games)||12||12||379||337||88.9%||1||0-12||-12.6||0-12-0||-12||5-6|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (vs. Division)||10||9||299||265||88.6%||1||2-7||-5.6||2-7-0||-6||5-4|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||106||90||84.9%||0||1-3||-2.2||1-3-0||-2||4-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||9-8-0||-3.8||9-8||-3.8||8-8||2.9||29.3||2.7||27.9|
|Last 5 Games||5-0-0||+5.4||5-0||+5.4||0-5||2.0||25.6||1.0||26.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||33||88||27||35||21||5||6||946||9.3%||122||16||13.1%||137|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||17||49||13||23||10||3||5||498||9.8%||62||9||14.5%||75|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||10||3||5||1||1||1||128||7.8%||15||1||6.7%||15|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||11||30||7||16||5||2||1||335||9.0%||44||7||15.9%||45|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||85||20||30||29||6||7||920||9.2%||118||21||17.8%||134|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||46||9||17||17||3||4||475||9.7%||56||9||16.1%||71|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||5||1||0||4||0||0||133||3.8%||17||2||11.8%||10|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||23||6||8||8||1||2||310||7.4%||41||8||19.5%||40|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (All Games)||15||14||384||347||90.4%||1||7-7||-3||7-7-0||-2||5-8|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Home Games)||9||8||229||208||90.8%||1||4-4||-2.2||4-4-0||-2||3-5|
|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)||19||19||534||493||92.3%||1||11-8||-0.1||11-8-0||-1||8-9|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Home Games)||9||9||245||224||91.4%||1||5-4||-1.6||5-4-0||-2||5-3|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (vs. Division)||5||5||153||143||93.5%||0||4-1||+2.7||4-1-0||+3||2-2|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||99||96||97.0%||1||4-0||+4.4||4-0-0||+4||0-4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: COLORADO 3.26, VANCOUVER 3.23|
|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|
|3/24/2013||VANCOUVER||2-3||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/27/2013||at CALGARY||3-4||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/28/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
|4/1/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|4/2/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|4/6/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|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||3-2||W||0, -135||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/26/2013||COLUMBUS||1-0||W||0, -180||W||5 ov||U|
|3/30/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|4/1/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
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.
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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (COLORADO-VANCOUVER) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Avalanche-Canucks Preview* ===========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Colorado (11-17-4) at Vancouver (18-9-6), 10:00 p.m. EDT
Cory Schneider and the Vancouver Canucks continued their dominance of the last-place Colorado Avalanche earlier this week.
Doing it again will send the Avalanche to their longest road losing streak in 23 years.
Schneider is scheduled to be back in net as the Canucks try to beat the Avalanche for a 10th straight meeting Thursday night at Rogers Arena.
Schneider had 26 saves in Vancouver's 3-2 win at Colorado on Sunday. He followed that up two days later with 17 stops before making three more in the shootout of a 1-0 victory over Columbus, extending the Canucks' winning streak to five games after a 3-6-2 stretch.
"If we play like that we're going to win the majority of our games," Schneider said. "It all goes back to playing as a group. It's not just one guy, it's everyone chipping in, working hard and making things readable and easier for me to react to. It's been a great turnaround for our group, just to tighten things up and to play smart hockey."
That's certainly been the case against the Avalanche. The Canucks (18-9-6), who are tied atop the Northwest Division with idle Minnesota, are 17-0-2 in their last 19 games against Colorado (11-17-4), including nine in a row while outscoring them 29-9. That includes a 3-0 win at home Jan. 30.
While Roberto Luongo was in net for the bulk of that tremendous success, Schneider has done his part by going 5-0-1 with a 1.35 goals-against average and two shutouts in seven career meetings - six starts.
He made 43 saves in a 1-0 win in his most recent home game versus the Avs on March 28, 2012.
Henrik Sedin has 21 points over the last 19 meetings with Colorado, but none in the past three at home. Sedin enters this matchup with just one point in his past four games, an assist on Jason Garrison's goal Sunday.
The Avalanche have the fewest points in the conference, and there have been few signs of emerging from the basement considering they're 2-11-3 on the road. Colorado's losing streak as the visitor is at 10 games, and another defeat to Vancouver would give it the franchise's longest such slide since a team-record 18-game skid as the Quebec Nordiques from Jan. 18-April 1, 1990.
Colorado got closer to that dubious distinction Wednesday, falling 4-3 at Calgary while failing to capitalize on a team that was in the process of trading captain Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh.
"It should have worked in our favor and it didn't," center Matt Duchene told the league's official website. "They were ready to play. Distractions can hurt a hockey team. Give them a lot of credit - they didn't let it affect them."
Gabriel Landeskog, the reigning Calder Trophy winner, continues to be a rare bright spot for Colorado. The left wing has five goals and an assist over the past six games after netting his seventh tally of the season Wednesday.
He hasn't been nearly that effective in seven career meetings with the Canucks, scoring once on 29 shots on goal with a minus-7 rating.
Semyon Varlamov can sympathize with Landeskog's struggles. He's lost all seven career meetings with Vancouver, with four coming on the road as he's posted a 3.13 GAA.
Varlamov has dropped all 12 of his road games on the season behind a 3.79 GAA, and perhaps with that in mind - and the second end of a back-to-back - Colorado may go with Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
Giguere, however, hasn't had much better luck. He's 0-4-1 with a 3.71 GAA in his last seven starts against the Canucks.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 6:46:24 PM EST|