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GDT-Vancouver Canucks vs Colarado Avalanche.

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onight the Avs look to prevent another losing streak against their division "rivals," the Vancouver Canuck. It's hard to call this matchup a true division "rivalry" anymore, since Vancouver has flat out dominated the Avalanche for a number of years now. Lets take a look at that history:

  • This season the Canucks won the only matchup 3-0

  • In the 2011-2012 season the Avalanche lost all 6 games against the Canucks by a combined score of 18-5

  • In 2011-2012 the Canucks shut out the Avalanche on 3 separate occasions.

  • In 2010-2011 the Canucks won all but one game against the Avalanche, collecting 11 out of 12 possible points.

  • In 2009-2010 the Canucks collected 9 out of 12 possible points against the Avalanche.

That last statistic, shockingly, brings us to the Avalanche's last regulation win over the Vancouver Canucks. A 3-0 win at the Pepsi Center on October 3, 2009. For perspective, that was Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly's second career NHL game. Craig Anderson pitched the shutout while Wojtek Wolski and Darcy Tucker both scored goals. That is how long it's been since the Colorado Avalanche beat the Vancouver Canucks in just 60 minutes of play.

As for this evenings matchup; the Avalanche (11-15-4) will look to bounce back after a disappointing effort against the Dallas Stars Saturday evening. The Canucks (16-9-6) enter the Pepsi Center riding a three-game win streak, but only 5-3-2 in their last 10 games. Like the Avalanche, the Canucks are also playing their second game of a back-to-back series, after beating the LA Kings 1-0. After Corey Schneider's shutout Saturday, the Canucks will likely start Roberto Luongo in net.

The Avalanche will likely have some lineup changes as well. Gabriel Landeskog or Milan Hejduk could return from their day-to-day injuries, while any one of the teams underachieving forwards could see the pressbox like David Jones and Jamie McGinn did on Wednesday. The Avalanche would have likely started J.S. Giguere in net this game, but after his performance in relief of Semyon Varlamov yesterday, either goalie could be in play for coach Joe Sacco today. Last, after allowing 5 goals to the Stars, the Avlanche's wheel of mediocre defensemen could spin once more. It would be unsurprising to see Greg Zanon back in the lineup in favor of one of the Avs other bottom five defensemen.

Things to watch for:

  • Can the Avalanche score the first goal of the game?

  • Can Matt Duchene pick up at least a point? He needs at least one point to stay over 1.00 PPG on the season

  • Avalanche swan song. With the trade deadline less than two weeks away, which Avalanche players may be playing their final games in Burgundy and Blue?

Puck drops 6:00pm MT on Altitude (8:00pm ET)

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Go Canucks!

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I think the Nucks are going to be a bit cocky this game. Their only enemy will be themselves and if they can get past that, they'll have a good result.

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Going to be a tough game regardless of our opposition. Second half of a back-to-back, at altitude, with a bunch of new guys (who have been doing a great job of filling in) means the ice is already slanted against us.

Hoping they come out hard and get some valuable points. GCG!

Edit: Thanks for GDT, OP!

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After the Canucks got beating up so roughly in yesterdays game, I fear we will lose. Henrik will be playing with his head on a swivel and Burrows has got to be sore.

At least the NHL doesnt favor either team so the calls should be more fair.

IF our 3rd and 4th line produce heavily and the AVS play like crap, we will win.

IF we rely on the Sedins and goaltending, we have a small chance to win.

IF we play tired like we just got a physical pounding the day before, we will lose.

I fear that more teams are going to start taking advantage of our inability to play a physical game and defend our players. I don't know if the AVS will do this, but it is something that I will be watching for. I imagine they will.

GO CANUCKS GO!

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33 - 0 canucks

Dank 4

Hank 3

Bur 2

Honey Badger 3

Mayray 2

Shredder 1

Kassquatch 2

Higgy wit it 3

Dutch League 2

Tostito 2

G Man 3

Juice 2

KB4 2

TanMan 2

GO CANUCKS GO!!!

DROP THE BISQUIT ALREADY!!!

HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY!!!!

BEER BEER BEER!!!!

WIN THIS MOTHERFRACKER!!!!

AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

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Hopefully they can get the PP going in this game. Garrison's got to get those shots on net. Nice saucer passes to him from Hank and Schroeder.

Go Canucks Go!!!!!

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What a sad state of affairs the Colorado avalanche find themselves in. From a legit western conference dynasty to this. The canucks not only need the win today but they need to get the big guns firing again. They need a bit of a confidence boost and this is a great opportunity to score some goals.

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What a sad state of affairs the Colorado avalanche find themselves in. From a legit western conference dynasty to this. The canucks not only need the win today but they need to get the big guns firing again. They need a bit of a confidence boost and this is a great opportunity to score some goals.

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Yep. Some bad luck with Forsberg injuries and Roy / Sakic getting old and retiring. That can be all it takes.

There's a lot more Colorado / Edmonton / NY Islanders than there are Detroits...

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1-0 Avs

Jones with the only goal

Weise crosschecks Landeskog in the back of the neck while down and O'Brien takes exception and fights Weise.

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looking at our schedule in the next 4 weeks, we could go on a 11 game winning streak! Very beatable teams if we play to our potential.

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