Canucks Review and Preview: March 14 to March 20, 2011
[Every Sunday, Caylie King looks at the Canucks week that was and the Canucks week ahead. You can follow Caylie on Twitter (@cayking).]
70 GP, 45-16-9, 99 points (1st in Northwest Division, 1st in Western Conference)
Daniel Sedin is currently on a 5-game point streak. He has 5 goals, 5 assists and a plus-4 rating in that stretch, and in the process, he’s increased his Art Ross race lead on Steven Stamkos to 5 points, and set career-highs in goals (37) and points (89).
Dank has been one of the best and most consistent players on the Canucks. The chemistry between him and his brother is a remarkable thing to watch. We are spoiled and are lucky enough to witness their greatness night in and night out. What more needs to be said than #DankforHart and #DankforArt.
It’s extremely tough to pick a “not” player on a team that has gone 5-0 on their last road trip. But if I had to pick one, it would have to be Tanner Glass. Before you throw your hands up in outrage, I am merely picking Mr. Scrabble because he missed the last game with a “nagging upper body injury”. Glass has been our one constant on the fourth line, he brings energy to the line and is never scared to say no to a fight. Looking at his stats he hasn’t recorded a point in 7 games, so hopefully when he gets back into the lineup, he can chip in with a few points.
Monday, March 14, 2011 vs. Minnesota Wild (7:00 PM start, home)
The Minnesota Wild are only 4 points out of 8th playoff spot in the Western Conference; however, they are slowly losing ground as other playoff hopefuls are winning games while the Wild are only 2-4-1 since the trade deadline.
Both the Canucks and Wild have 2 wins each in their season series; the Canucks won the last meeting by a 4-1 score in St. Paul.
Martin Havlat has 9 points (3G-6A) in his last 10 games. He has 3 points (1G – 2A) against the Canucks this season.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 vs. Colorado Avalanche (7:00 PM start, home)
After getting off to a great start this season, the Avs have struggled significantly in the second half. In the competitive Western Conference, they sit in 14th place, the only team with less points being the Edmonton Oilers. They’re winless in 9 games (0-7-2) and have one win in their last 19 games (1-16-2).
This is the last meeting of the season and the Canucks are 4-0-1 against the Avalanche. It’s hard to pump up a game against a team that has been playing horrible hockey as of late and has no real chance of making the playoffs. This is the first game in a few weeks that the Canucks will not meet up with a desperate, point chasing team.
Despite the Avs’ lack of success against the Canucks this season, Milan Hejduk is still living up to his “Canuck Killer” reputation and has 6 points against our good guys. He sits 3rd in team scoring with 48 points (19G-29A), only 5 points back of Paul Stastny’s team-leading 53 points (20G-33A).
Friday, March 18, 2011 vs. Phoenix Coyotes (7:00 PM start, home)
For now, the Phoenix Coyotes sit in 7th place in the constantly-changing Western Conference playoff race. They’ve lost 6 of their last 8 games (2-4-2), including a loss to the Canucks last Tuesday. (It was the first time this season the Canucks won a game after trailing after the first period.) The Canucks lead the season series 2-1-0 and have outscored the Coyotes 12-6.
Defenseman Keith Yandle leads the Coyotes in scoring this season (10G-45A-55P). Eric Belanger leads the team in scoring against the Canucks; he has 3 points (1G-2A) in 3 games.
Performance of the Week: Cory Schneider
I dedicate this whole section to the performance of Mr. Schneider in his outstanding effort against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. Don’t be fooled by the 4 goals that the Sharks scored, Cory single-handedly won that game for the Canucks. He stood on his head for most of the night stopping 44 shots which included some spectacular cross-crease pad saves. Not only did he get us to overtime, he also stopped all 3 shootout attempts from the Sharks, which included shootout (and eating) specialist Kyle Wellwood. Oh yeah, I went there!
Here’s to Cory’s best performance of his career, a spectacular win from a goalie who will one day be a starter in this league.