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    Game 7: Colorado Avalanche (2-3-0) @ Van Canucks (2-2-2) - January 30, 2013

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    COLORADO AVALANCHE @ VANCOUVER CANUCKS

    Wednesday: January 30th, 2012 @ 7:00 PM PT
    TV: SNET-P (HD), RADIO: Team 1040

    GM PLACE



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    Goals:              Zack Kassian - 4         PA Parenteau - 3
    Assists:            Daniel/Henrik - 4        Duchene/Hejduk - 3
    Points:             Daniel Sedin - 6         Matt Duchene - 5
    Plus/Minus:         3 players tied - 2       Parenteau/Duchene - 5
    PIM:                Kevin Bieksa - 18        Cody McLeod - 25
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    5...GPI...4
    2.59...GAA...3.13
    .919...SV%....897
    1...SO...1


    GAME PREVIEW
    Maintaining early leads has been a struggle for the Vancouver Canucks, contributing to them squandering important points in the lockout-shortened season.

    They haven't had much trouble earning points in recent meetings with the Colorado Avalanche, though.

    Vancouver looks to take at least a point in an 18th straight matchup by winning a seventh consecutive home meeting against Colorado and its struggling special teams units Wednesday night.

    The Canucks (2-2-2) have held multiple-goal leads in four contests, though three ended up being decided in a shootout. They've dropped two games in the shootout, including 3-2 at Los Angeles on Monday after allowing the tying goal with 43.2 seconds remaining.

    Giving up extra points to Western Conference foes may affect Vancouver in the 48-game sprint toward the playoffs.

    "It's a short year, and you want to bank as many points as you can," said Robert Luongo, who made 26 saves in losing his second shootout. "We were in control and it's disappointing."

    Vancouver started 2011-12 slowly as well, going 2-3-1 before winning the Presidents' Trophy for a second straight season.

    "We've got to learn how to close these games. We've been letting teams back," center Henrik Sedin said. "I think in the big picture we'll be a good team (in those situations), so we've got to be strong in those areas in the last few minutes of the game."

    The Canucks have been solid in recent years against Colorado, going 15-0-2 in the last 17 matchups.

    They are 0 for 10 on the power play in their last two games but should have a good chance to pounce on an opportunity against an Avalanche team that has allowed opponents to go 7 for 12 with the man advantage in back-to-back defeats.

    Colorado (2-3-0) allowed four power-play goals in Monday's 4-1 loss to Edmonton and has dropped its first two of a four-game road trip after losing 4-0 to San Jose on Saturday.

    "We put ourselves in short-handed situations again," coach Joe Sacco said. "We've allowed seven power-play goals now in two games. That's not good enough. The overall game was not good enough as well. We have to pick it up on our special teams, there is no question. And one goal in two games isn't going to get you many points."

    P.A. Parenteau scored his team-best third goal for the Avalanche, who have converted only 1 of 15 chances on the power play.

    "We have to figure out (special teams) because I don't think we've played that bad of a game 5-on-5," Parenteau said.

    Colorado has had a problem scoring on Vancouver in any situation no matter who the Canucks have in net, registering two goals or fewer in each of the last seven meetings.

    Luongo is 10-0-2 with a 2.24 goals-against average in his last 12 starts in the series, though Cory Schneider, despite a 3.13 GAA in four starts this season, may get the nod Wednesday.

    Schneider is 4-0-0 with a 0.65 GAA in his last five appearances - four starts - versus Colorado. He hasn't allowed a goal in his last 155-plus minutes facing the Avalanche, including a 43-save, 1-0 victory in the most recent meeting March 28.

    It's unclear if Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog will be cleared to play. He sat out Monday after taking a massive hit Saturday from San Jose defenseman Brad Stuart, who received no disciplinary action from the league.
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    So Anna, what do you think about the notion that Russell Wilson is better than Andrew Luck?

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    Hopefully tonight is the night we start playing a lot better and start a nice winning streak.
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    I hope so. Our defence needs to finally takes its collective head out of its *** and look around at what's going on.

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    Luongo gets the start tonight. Considering Schneider is supposedly our #1 goaltender it would make sense that he starts tonight. Goalie controversy.

    Another note: Col hasn't won in regulation in Vancouver since 2009. We own the Avs at home.
    So Anna, what do you think about the notion that Russell Wilson is better than Andrew Luck?

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    Luongo is the better goalie plain and simple. I would play him.

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    shutout for Luongo. Controversy heats up!

    Another G for Kassian. Garrison got his 1st as well as Lapierre. Team played a lot better even strength today. Maybe that's because COL is pathetic.
    So Anna, what do you think about the notion that Russell Wilson is better than Andrew Luck?

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    Bobby Luu how do you do!

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    Nice win, great for Lu to get the shutout. Team played a lot better in front of him. Some questionable penalties (esp that one called against McLeod, meanwhile he's bleeding from his forehead, no penalty for Raymond). But whatever, every team gets bad calls against, gotta take advantage of those opportunities. Will be very interesting to see what happens now with the goaltending. From what I understand, Lu will probably get the start on Friday against the Hawks. And if Lu's getting all of these starts, what does that mean for Schneider? Happy for Garrison to get a goal, same with Lapierre, both have struggled, so it's a bit of redemption. Kassian is the new and improved Burrows IMO. Bigger, stronger. Hope he stays with the twins.

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    Actually AV has said Schneider starts no matter what on Friday. I'll say it again, trade Schneider if we want to win now. Trade Luongo if you realize this teams window has closed.

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    Announced today, Lu is starting on Friday against the Hawks. Very strange situation with the Canucks - just last week Gillis was quoted as saying that they have a potential deal in place, etc. But do they? Seems to me AV is playing Lu in most games, while Schneids continues to play back-up. What will this do to Schneids' confidence?

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    Honestly, I say **** it, lets keep them both for this season. Its a short season, having two #1 goalies means that whoever gets hot in the playoffs we can ride them and try to win a cup. Trade whoever they want next season with a full offseason and a clear cut #1(maybe lol), but unless Gillis gets an amazing offer lets just ride with both of them

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUCK-U View Post
    Announced today, Lu is starting on Friday against the Hawks. Very strange situation with the Canucks - just last week Gillis was quoted as saying that they have a potential deal in place, etc. But do they? Seems to me AV is playing Lu in most games, while Schneids continues to play back-up. What will this do to Schneids' confidence?
    Our supposed #1 goalie has now been on the bench for 3 straight games, counting the Hawks game. Hmm........
    So Anna, what do you think about the notion that Russell Wilson is better than Andrew Luck?

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