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Colorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks Game 34 notes, prediction & tweets!

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The Canucks are cruising with five straight wins and face the Colorado Avalanche at home tonight, the victim of win number four.

The Canucks have dominated the Avalanche lately, winning their last nine against Colorado. The Avalanche, meanwhile, have seen the wheels fall off their season and perhaps the only team in the West that can’t even dream of making the playoffs.

Matchup: Vancouver Canucks (18 – 9– 6) v Colorado Avalanche (11– 17–4)
Venue: Rogers Arena
Time: 7:00 pm PT
TV/Radio: Sportsnet, Team 1040

Game Notes

The Avalanche are a dismal 2-11-3 on the road this year, having lost 10 straight. The Avalanche have been relegated to playing spoiler in the packed West playoff race, and their fans are already looking forward to a probable lottery pick.

Could a number of Colorado players be playing their final few games in an Avalanche uniform before being sold off next week?

What to watch: Colorado

Sure doesn’t seem Ryan O’Reilly was the cavalry, considering the Av’s play since he returned. Despite his 13 points in 13 games, it’s another dismal year for Colorado under Joe Sacco, who must be close to the chopping block.

Semyon Varlamov, meanwhile, has been struggling this year with a GAA of 3.08 as the Avs are one of two teams in the conference to allow 100 goals already.

The Avalanche are a dismal 2-11-3 on the road this year,

The Avalanche are a dismal 2-11-3 on the road this year,

Considering the Avalanche couldn’t beat a Jarome Iginla-less Calgary last night, they should be in tough tonight.

Line-up

  • Gabriel Landeskog-Ryan O’Reilly-Milan Hejduk
  • Jamie McGinn-Matt Duchene-P.A. Parenteau
  • Cody McLeod-John Mitchell-Chuck Kobasew
  • Patrick Bordeleau-Mark Olver-Aaron Palushaj
  • Matt Hunwick-Erik Johnson
  • Greg Zanon-Tyson Barrie
  • Ryan O’Byrne-Shane O’Brien
  • Semyon Varlamov

What to watch: Vancouver

The Canucks and Cory Schneider are going streaking. Both have been red-hot over the past five games as the Canucks have won them all while Schneider has posted two shutouts. Interestingly, six straight starts will match Cory’s career high.

It’s been extremely helpful because the Minnesota Wild are intent on creating a Northwest Division title race for the first time in years. The Canucks aren’t guaranteed the top spot anymore, so every game counts.

Line-up

Injuries

It’s looking like another couple of weeks for Dale Weise now, but Steve Pinizzotto should draw back into the line-up tonight, which could end the Keith Ballard experiment at forward.

The Avalanche will miss Paul Stastny, Steve Downie and Ryan Wilson.

Prediction

Canucks have this in the bag, 4-1. Let’s say Mason Raymond gets one.

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