Phoenix Coyotes at Vancouver Canucks - Game #77 Preview - If It Walks Like a Nuck...

With only six games left on the table the Coyotes venture up to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks are looking to hold on to their lead in the Northwest over the Avalanche and that's really about it. Not a lot of chance that they catch the other division leaders, but stranger things have happened. Last time these two teams met it was a backup goalie battle that ended in a shootout eventually won by Adrian Aucoin. This time it should be the two number one goalies matching up. 

The Coyotes last played Saturday rolling over the Avalanche 6-2. Bryzgalov played fairly well, but the offense was on fire. This would be a great time for the guys to really turn it up heading into the playoffs. Lee Stempniak is still scoring at a goal per game pace with 12 in 12 games and everyone else is pitching in. Taylor Pyatt had a Gordie Howe hat trick socring, getting the helper and beating the hell out of Chris Stewart. No idea what got into him, but I like it. 

The Canucks are the Canucks. It's the Sedin show with a side of Roberto Luongo and Ryan Kesler. Henrik Sedin has 101 points on the year now (28-73-101) and is just dangerous. We couldn't stop him completely last time, but we'll have to work even harder this time out to do so as we won't have the advantage of having the last change. 

Starting Goalies


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Ilya Bryzgalov 65 3836 40 19 146 2.28 1850 1704 .921 8

He was solid for the most part against the Avs, but he'll need to be on his game tonight against the high scoring Canucks. The High glove has been a concern for some, but the bigger deal is the defense not playing like it's typical self in front of him at the beginning of games.


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Roberto Luongo 63 3592 37 21 149 2.49 1754 1605 .915 4

He's Roberto Luongo. What do you want me to say. When he's on, he's on. Let's hope he's a little light on power tonight. 

Key Players


Taylor Pyatt

#14 / Left Wing / Phoenix Coyotes

6-4

230

Aug 19, 1981


I'm a fan of picking the guys playing old teams. With the big night he had on Saturday I hope he's feeling good going against his old mates. 


Henrik Sedin

#33 / Center / Vancouver Canucks

6-2

190

Sep 26, 1980


He has a 101 points. Duh.

The Infirmary


Phoenix Coyotes Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Kurt Sauer head 10/07/2009
Scottie Upshall knee 01/29/2010


Vancouver Canucks Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Pavol Demitra other-excused 03/28/2010

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Willie Mitchell concussion 01/17/2010
Steve Bernier abdomen 03/03/2010
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