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5 Things Preview: Vancouver Canucks vs. Colorado Avalanche

Vancouver Canucks at Colorado Avalanche

Not The Same Canucks

These aren’t the Vancouver Canucks who ruled the Northwest Division for years. They are a fringe playoff team with a lot of internal drama. They have a head coach who is a head case and are ripe for the picking of a young Colorado Avalanche team that is trying to establish themselves as a Western Conference elite this season.

Canucks Have Avalanche Number

That said, the Canucks are 1-0 against the Avalanche this season and 18-2-2 against the Avs in the last four seasons. Roberto Luongo and Corey Schnieder were the goaltenders in most of those games though, and neither man will be in uniform for the Canucks tonight. Eddie Lack, the expected starter, has been inconsistent this season but the Canucks always seem to find a way against the Avs.

No Henrik Sedin

The Canucks will be without one half of “twin magic” as Henrik Sedin is out with a leg injury. Henrik has 60 points in 74 career games against the Avalanche, which is the second highest point total against any team in his career. Obviously the Sedin twins are better when they are together, but Daniel Sedin is still capable of getting things done on his own.

Catching Vancover Tired

The Canucks played last night in Minnesota, and while it wasn’t much of a content (Vancouver won 5-2), they still had to travel to Denver after the game and prepare for the Avalanche. The Avs, who got off to a slow start against the Nashville Predators, should have their skating legs early and be able to take advantage of a tired Canucks group, especially late in the game.

The Race For Second Place

This will likely be one of the five things until things are officially decided between the Chicago Blackhawks and Avalanche. The Avs are 3 points behind the Blackhawks with a game in hand for home-ice advantage in the first round. Chicago plays at the Boston Bruins on Thursday. That should be a tough game for the Blackhawks and if they lose, the Avs have to take advantage of that by defeating a team much lower than them in standings.

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