Sunday, December 7, 2008

Canucks Game Day In Denver

The Canucks are going to go with their same line-up tonight against the Colorado Avalanche as they did in their 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild last Friday.

Cory Schneider will make his second straight start after making 16 saves for his first NHL win. He has appeared in every game of this road trip, allowing seven goals against in 171 minutes of work.

The line combos for Vancouver will remain in tact from their victory two nights ago. The defensive pairings will also remain the same as they have for much of the last few weeks. Defenceman Kevin Bieksa is riding a three-game point scoring streak entering tonight's action, with two goals and an assist in that stretch.

The Canucks (15-10-2) take on the Avs (12-13-1) for the second time this season. Colorado won the first meeting of the year, posting a 2-1 shoot-out victory at GM Place November 12. Peter Budaj made 31 saves for the visitors that night, and he's been busy this season, going 9-12-1 through 23 appearances.

The Avs are coming off a 2-1 shoot-out loss on the road against the Dallas Stars on Friday. Ryan Smyth had their lone goal in regulation time, extending his scoring streak to three games (1g,2a). Colorado did not take a pre-game skate this morning so I can't tell you what their line combos look like. They do have some significant players on the injured list though as Joe Sakic (back), Darcy Tucker (knee), and Adam Foote (back & foot) will not dress tonight.

Here is the Canucks expected line-up for tonight's game at the Pepsi Center:

D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Demitra
Pyatt - Raymond - Wellwood
Burrows - Kesler - Bernier
Hordichuk - Jaffray - Hansen

Mitchell - Bieksa
Ohlund - Salo
O'Brien - Edler


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