Tale of the Tape: Canucks vs. Avalanche (1.30.13)
Tonight’s game is presented by PlayStation.
|Team Record: 2-2-2
Last Game: 2-3 SO/L at Los Angeles (JAN.28.13)
Season Series: 0-0-0
Last Meeting: 1-0 W (MAR.28.12)
|Team Record: 2-3-0
Last Game: 1-4 L at Edmonton (JAN.28.13)
Season Series: 0-0-0
Last Meeting: 0-1 L (MAR.28.12)
The Canucks (2-2-2) look to snap a two-game winless skid tonight when they return to the friendly confines of Rogers Arena to face the Avalanche (2-3-0) who are looking to put an end to their own two-game losing streak.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
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Tonight's game faces off at 7 pm PT and can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet Pacific. Listen live on The TEAM 1040 Sports Radio or online at teamradio.ca.
Those away from a TV or radio can follow @CanucksGame on Twitter for live in-game play-by-play.
THE CANUCKS WIN IF...
After a sluggish start to the season, Alex Burrows' play certainly seems to be trending in the right direction of late even though his team's play might not be.
The 31-year-old, who signed a contract extension with the team just before the lockout that will keep him in Canuck colours through the 2016.17 season, has points in three straight games since opening the season point-less in three straight. He's also averaged five shots per game in his last three outings.
Burrows will be looking to stretch his point streak to four games tonight against the Avs. Last season, he notched two goals and four points in six games versus Colorado. He has seven goals and 20 points in 41 career outings against the Avs.
The Avalanche brought in former Islander P.A. Parenteau on the opening day of NHL free agency hoping that his proven offensive ability would provide a boost for a team that finished near the bottom of the league in goal scoring last season. So far, Parenteau has delivered exactly what's been expected of him.
The 29-year-old, who had a career-high 67 points with the Isles last season, has four points in his first five games with Colorado and leads the team with three goals. The Avs will need him to continue that production even though he may be missing one of his linemates in Gabriel Landeskog. Parenteau and Landeskog had been forming the Avs' top trio along with Matt Duchene prior to Landeskog's recent injury.
Parenteau, who made his NHL debut against the Canucks way back in February 2007 with the Blackhawks, will be looking for his first career points against the Canucks tonight after failing to net a point in four previous career games versus Vancouver.
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2012.13 Regular Season
2012.13 Regular Season
For the Canucks...
F Ryan Kesler (shoulder/wrist surgery) and F David Booth (strained groin) are on the injured reserve list.
For the Avalanche...
F Gabriel Landeskog (head/neck) is questionable. F Steve Downie (knee) is on the injured reserve list.
2 – Wins needed for Coach V to reach 400 career NHL victories.
6 – Points needed for Henrik Sedin (751) to surpass Markus Naslund (756) as the franchise's leading point scorer.
24.8 – Penalty minutes per game average for the Avalanche this season.
143rd – All-time meeting between the Canucks and Avalanche. Vancouver leads the all-time series 61-57-24.
410 – Straight sellouts for Canucks hockey at Rogers Arena entering tonight's game. The streak dates back November 14, 2002 and includes 364 regular season games and 46 playoff games.
@runaroundkid- Everyone chill out about the Canucks. So they're having a rough Octobuary, what else is new?
@gvalksportsnet- Couple bright spots in Canuckville 1. Tanev w Ballard 2. Higgins and Hansen w burr are heating up. 3. Both goalies playing great 4. Zack
@alixiswright37- Oh my gosh guys. The Canucks told me they love me back! We're twitter official!!
Milan Hejduk is just days away from reaching a major milestone with the Avalanche as, after tonight's contest which will be his 997th career game, he will be just three games away from reaching 1,000 career games all coming as a member of the Avs.
The only other member of the 1,000-games club in Avalanche franchise history is Burnaby's own Joe Sakic. Sakic appeared in a total of 1,378 games with that franchise – 508 as a member of the Quebec Nordiques and 870 with the Avs.