Thursday, February 12, 2009

Canucks/Coyotes Game Day

The Canucks (25-20-8) look to make it four consecutive victories as they take on the Phoenix Coyotes (25-25-5) who have just posted their first win in seven straight games.

This will be the third meeting of the season between the two clubs. The Canucks were 1-0 winners at GM Place Nov. 6 on a night which saw Roberto Luongo make 28 saves for the shut-out. In their last match-up, the Coyotes won 4-1 in Vancouver Jan. 15. Joakim Lindstrom had a pair of goals while Ilya Bryzgalov made 31 saves.

The Canucks will make a couple of line-up changes following their 6-4 win over the St. Louis Blues last Tuesday. Kyle Wellwood will come into the line-up while Mason Raymond will likely be a healthy scratch. Shane O'Brien is expected to draw into the mix on defence in place of Rob Davison.

The line of Ryan Kesler, Pavol Demitra, and Mats Sundin continues to stay in tact. In the last three games together as a unit, the three forwards have combined for eight goals and 13 assists. Alex Burrows will play on a line tonight with Daniel and Henrik Sedin after those three skated together in the third period against the Blues.

As for the Coyotes, they are coming off a 1-0 road win over the Dallas Stars last night. Bryzgalov posted 33 saves for his third shut-out of the season. He has been terrific against the Canucks. Dating back to last season, the "Cool Breeze" as he's known in Phoenix has posted a 1.27 GAA and .957 save percentage in his last four games against the Canucks.

The Coyotes enter tonight's game sitting 12th in the Western Conference with 55 points, three back of the Canucks who are currently holding down the last playoff spot.

Here are the expected line-ups for both clubs tonight:


D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Burrows
Demitra - Sundin - Kesler
Pyatt - Wellwood - Bernier
Hordichuk - Johnson - Hansen

Mitchell - Salo
Ohlund - Edler
Bieksa - O'Brien



Shane Doan - Steven Reinprecht - Joakim Lindstrom
Jeff Hoggan - Olli Jokinen - Steven Goertzen
Todd Fedoruk - Joel Perrault - Enver Lisin
Daniel Carcillo - Daniel Winnek - Viktor Tikhonov

Ed Jovanovski - Zbynek Michalek
Keith Yandle - Ken Klee
David Hale - Derek Morris

Ilya Bryzgalov
Mikael Tellqvist

1 comment: said...

Hey Joey,
Nice comeback win tonight! I remember you in Kelowna and mentioned you on my blog tonight:
Has The VOice...On and Off the Ice: JO (VO) Phoenix
Keep up the good work!


Ralph Hass
MSG-TV imaging voice for the Buffalo Sabres