Tale of the Tape: Canucks @ Avalanche (3.24.13)

Sunday, 24.03.2013 / 1:51 PM
Daniel Fung

THE SET-UP

The Vancouver Canucks (16-9-6) will try to complete a perfect sweep of their three-game road trip tonight when they battle the Western Conference cellar-dwelling Colorado Avalanche (11-15-4) at the Pepsi Center.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

- The Canucks have a chance to go a perfect three-for-three on their three-game road swing tonight after winning the first two games of the trip including netting a 1-0 win yesterday afternoon in Los Angeles. Vancouver is also looking to extend their overall win streak to four games.

- The Avs come in as losers of five of their last six games (1-5-0), including dropping a 5-2 decision in Dallas last night.

- Tonight marks the second of four meetings between the Canucks and Avalanche this season, and the first of two times the clubs will face one another in the next five days. They'll battle again this coming Thursday back at Rogers Arena.

- In their first meeting of the season back on January 30, G Roberto Luongo stopped all 24 shots he faced and D Jason Garrison's first period marker stood up as the game-winner in a 3-0 Canucks triumph.

- Avalanche G Semyon Varlamov has started the last nine straight games but, last night, was pulled for the second time in those last nine games. He was in net for Colorado's 3-0 loss to Vancouver back on January 30.

- Canucks G Cory Schneider picked up his second shutout of the season last night but might be the backup tonight with the back-to-back scenario. G Roberto Luongo wouldn't be a bad pick to start against the Avs considering he has personal career record of 18-15-5 against Colorado with a 2.66 GAA and a .911 save percentage along with three shutouts.

- As a team, the Canucks are riding a shutout streak of 151:39 against the Avalanche dating back to exactly one year ago today.

- The Canucks are looking to continue their recent domination over the Avs tonight. They have won their last eight straight games against Colorado and have earned points in 18 straight games against the Avs (16-0-2) dating back to November 1, 2009. The Canucks have also won their last three straight games at the Pepsi Center and haven't lost in regulation in their last eight trips to Denver (7-0-1).

- The Canucks have a chance to reclaim top spot in the Northwest Division tonight if they can earn at least one point against the Avs. However, the current division leader Wild will have two games in hand on the Canucks by the end of tonight.

- Canucks D Alex Edler will sit out the second and final game of his two-game suspension tonight.

- The last time the Canucks swept a multi-game road trip was in November 2011 when they won all three games on a trip against the Avalanche, Coyotes and Sharks.

- The 13 shots the Canucks recorded last night were not only a season-low for them but tied for an NHL-low among all teams this season. The 20 shots they surrendered were a season-low by a Canucks' opponent.

- Canucks D Kevin Bieksa is two points shy of recording his 200th career NHL point.

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