Sunday, March 25, 2007

Canucks / Avalanche Preview

From Canucks.com:

"For me those two games against Colorado, with the way the schedule seems to be right now, those are probably going to be the two games that will assure us of a playoff spot, or mean that we'll have to keep battling for that official playoff position," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said on the team's official Web site.

The Canucks have won their last two matchups with the Avalanche after being held to just five goals in three losses, all in Denver. Vancouver, which has won its last four home meetings with Colorado, needs one win to match the single-season franchise record set in 1992-93.


The Avalanche have only lost TWICE since February 27th, an OT loss to the Wild and a shootout loss to the Oilers last game. 9 wins in that span. Should we be concerned? A little. 5 of those wins came against non-playoff teams: Columbus, Chicago, Boston, Phoenix and Edmonton.
The Canucks have won 9 and lost 3 since February 27th. 4 of those wins have come against non-playoff teams. Our last win, a 2-0 shutout of Nashville was no small feat.

How well will the Canucks play after 4 nights off? How long will it take to get their legs going? Hopefully they can hold Colorado off the scoresheet until that happens.
The Avalanche are fighting for their playoff lives and are currently 5 points behind 8th-place Calgary. They are going to be a real pain in the ass. The best thing we can do is beat them tonight and Tuesday night, hope for Calgary wins, and then destroy them in their non-playoff misery on April 5th, because we are going to need all the points we can get to hold off those pesky Wild.
One thing is for sure: beating the desperate Avalanche would show alot about the Canucks' resolve and character.
Colorado's playoff chances will probably be determined in these back-to-back games against the Canucks.

My call:
3-2 Canucks. After Tuesday night, the Avs will be thinking about which club to use on the first hole when the regular season ends.

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9 Comments:

At March 25, 2007 at 3:33 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

The Avs have caused me so much trauma and pain over the past decade. It's payback time.

6-2 Canucks

Naslund (2), Pyatt, Morisson, Bieksa, Fitspatrick

Sakic, Wolski

And we crush the hopes of Avs fans everywhere.

 
At March 25, 2007 at 3:41 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Calgary came back to beat the Hawks already today. That will motivate the hell out of the Avs I bet. If the Avs lose tonight, their playoff hopes are fucked.
Gad, this game is going to be nuts. Let's see what the Nucks are made out of! Hopefully it ain't piss :)

 
At March 25, 2007 at 6:24 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

Wolksi is apparently out tonight, and Parker will be playing for the Avs tonight.

So I think Stastny will score :)

 
At March 25, 2007 at 7:05 PM , Blogger Beaner said...

I'ma sayin' 3-1 Canucks


And Hodge Podge will go home drunk...he's calling 4-2 Canucks

 
At March 25, 2007 at 9:25 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

love the picture - wish i could say the same for the game :D

i predicted 4-3 i guess I was wrong! :D

 
At March 25, 2007 at 9:47 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

the avs continue to cause trauma and pain Maybe the payback will be on tuesday ! :(

 
At March 25, 2007 at 9:48 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

the avs continue to cause trauma and pain Maybe the payback will be on tuesday ! :(

 
At March 25, 2007 at 11:10 PM , Anonymous Tapeleg said...

Wow, what a game. I think we all come away with something in the pocket, and something to complain about.

And could temujin be any more wrong about the game? Just asking.

 
At March 26, 2007 at 8:43 AM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

He was way off!

That was entertaining for sure, and we'll take the point, but I don't think Vigneault is going to tolerate it.

 

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