Lets Go Boys!
The Canucks are back at home tonight after sweeping their three game road trip to take on the surging Columbus Bluejackets. As weird as it feels to say the Bluejackets are up and coming, they are. Posting a 7-1-2 record in their last ten games, the Bluejackets are pushing their way into the playoff picture at 11th place, sitting only two points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.
Meanwhile, the Canucks are on a bit of a roll themselves. After falling to the Detroit Red Wings (5-2) and the Minnesota Wild (3-1), the Canucks have won four straight and look to extend their win streak to five games.
Starting in goal for the Canucks is Cory Schneider. This should be no surprise as Schneider has been red hot as of late and in the last three games has a GAA of 1.00, a SV% of .963 and has one shutout.
This is the third meeting between the two teams, Columbus took the first game 2-1 in overtime, the Canucks won the second with a beautiful Mason Raymond shootout goal.
What the Canucks need to do to win:
Keep stoking the special teams fire
While it may not be first in the league, or anywhere even close to that, the Canucks power play looks like it’s gotten the kick in the ass it should have gotten quite a while ago.
After going 0/30 and angering every fan of this team, they’ve been able to score a couple lately, 2/16 to be exact. So what if one was a slow motion trickle into the net?
It counts right?It’s bounces like that which help the team get back on their feet. The Canucks need to ride that 2/16 momentum and stoke the special teams fire tonight if they want to get up early on the surging Bluejackets.
Enjoy the secondary scoring
It’s something I’ve been saying since I’ve been writing these game day tips, it’s something anyone who watches or cover this team has said: Secondary scoring is vital to the teams success.
You can’t rely solely on Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin to carry the team through everything, you have to have an equal effort from all of your top six scorers and that is what the Canucks have been getting lately in the line of Jordan Schroeder, Jannik Hansen and Mason Raymond.
I’ve eaten a lot of crow this year when it comes to Raymond, but it’s something I don’t mind doing when I’m proven wrong about a player breaking through their struggles.
Hansen has been one of the more consistent players this season whether he’s playing in a bottom or top six role. Schroeder after some early success struggled a little bit but since being recalled has played exceptionally well.
If this line continues to improve and help the team with timely goals hen it leaves the Sedin’s open to work some magic and have two capable scoring lines.
Well, doesn’t that feel weird to say?
Get to Bobrovsky early, quick start to the game
Getting on Sergei Bobrovsky early and scoring a goal or two in the first period is key to winning this game. Bobrovsky is on a career pace for GAA and and SV% this year; again, no one would expect you to say that the Bluejackets are close to pushing for a playoff spot, but here they are.
It has a lot to do with the play of Bobrovsky. If the Canucks can fluster him early, get him off of his game and get the crowd into the game it will certainly help them extend this four game winning streak to five games.
If the Canucks can continue to convert with the man advantage, get secondary scoring and fluster Bobrovsky early they should be able to make this winning streak one that stretches to five games.
Hope you enjoy the game.