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Canes Face Desperate Vancouver Tonight

Tuesday, 02.3.2009 / 9:47 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Canes Face Desperate Vancouver Tonight
When previewing this road trip in this blog and on the podcast over the last week, we kept stressing the fact that the Canes would be facing three playoff teams.
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Well, in a Western Conference race that’s even tighter than the one we’re used to, things change in a hurry.

Both Vancouver and Phoenix have dropped out of the top eight spots over the last few days, but are still right in the mix. Phoenix is part of an incredible five teams tied at 53 points, and only loses out on a proverbial berth due to a tiebreaker. Vancouver is only one point behind.

San Jose, in case you were wondering, is still San Jose.

All of that is not to suggest that tonight’s game will be any easier for the Canes now than it would have been last week. Expect the two games on the front and back ends of the trip against the so-called “bubble teams” to be very intense as each team fights for precious points.

There are a few interesting subplots for tonight’s game against the Canucks. Although they don’t get out there very often, the Hurricanes haven’t won in Vancouver in almost 10 years – October of 1999, to be exact. Since then, they’ve lost four straight, including the last two in overtime.

On the Vancouver side, the Canucks are now winless in their last eight games and have lost an eye-popping nine straight at home, which is obviously a big reason why they find themselves below the bold line in the standings after a good start. 

Since superstar goaltender Roberto Luongo was injured on November 22, the Canucks are 9-14-6. He’s been back in the lineup for the team’s last five contests, but is still returning to form and yet to pick up his first win. I’ll be very interested to see how he holds up against the Canes tonight.

Also, there’s that Mats Sundin guy, who has just three points in nine games since finally choosing the Canucks in December. Canes coach Paul Maurice knows him well from their days together in Toronto and addressed that, among other things, to the media after yesterday’s practice.

As we’ve seen a few times already this season, a team on the ropes doesn’t always translate into an easy game, and the Hurricanes will be aware of that. Hope you can stay up late to watch it. For the true insomniacs out there, the brave Mike Maniscalco will be doing his usual postgame show on 99.9 The Fan.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72