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Vancouver Canucks vs Phoenix Coyotes Game 30 notes, prediction & tweets!

You think the Canucks can’t score?

Before Shane Doan scored in the third period Thursday, the Phoenix Coyotes had gone 245 minutes and 32 seconds without a goal. They’ve also lost four straight in that span, dropping out of the playoffs for now.

For the Canucks, it’s a chance to kick the Coyotes when they’re down and create some separation on a team that’s one of 13 vying for five playoff spots.

Matchup: Vancouver Canucks (14 – 9– 6) v Phoenix Coyotes (13– 13–4)
Venue: Jobing.com Arena
Time: 7:00 pm PT
TV/Radio: Sportsnet, Team 1040

Game Notes

Problem is, the Coyotes have been red-hot against the Canucks of late, winning the last four meetings. The other problem is that the Coyotes are 10-5-1 at home this year. Thankfully, the Canucks are 3-0-3 in their last six in Phoenix.

It’s confusing because there’s just no such thing as a gimme game anymore.

What to watch: Phoenix

The Coyotes know a thing or two about the powerplay troubles, going 0-12 in their ill-fated road trip. The Coyotes have always been a defense-first team under Dave Tippett, but it seems like their ability to score goals was entirely dependent on the departed Ray Whitney.

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The Coyotes have been red-hot against the Canucks of late

Enigmatic winger Mikkel Boedker leads the team with 19 points, one ahead of Shane Doan and two ahead of newly signed Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Forget secondary scoring, these guys need someone to be their primary.

Line-up

  • Lauri Korpikoski-Antoine Vermette-David Moss
  • Steve Sullivan-Martin Hanzel-Mikkel Boedker
  • Raffi Torres-Matthew Lombardi-Shane Doan
  • Kyle Chipchura-Boyd Gordon-Paul Bissonnette
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson-Rostislav Klesla
  • Keith Yandle-Derek Morris
  • David Schlemko-Michael Stone
  • Mike Smith

What to watch: Vancouver

If this is the season where you’re truly only as good as your last game, the Canucks have some good and bad to takeaway from Tuesday’s contest with St Louis.

They won, so that’s good. But they got outplayed in two periods, that’s bad. Cory Schneider was amazing, so that’s good. But it was first win since March 2, that’s bad. Also the powerplay contains potassium benzoate, so that’s…..bad.

With Zack Kassian out with a bad back and David Booth out for possibly the year, Andrew Gordon has been called up from Chicago and will most likely make his debut in the blue and green tonight. He has 16 goals and 10 assists in 47 games for the Wolves this year.

Making things even more interesting, Chris Higgins tweaked his back in practice today and and Alain Vigneault will pick a blueliner to play on the fourth line tonight. My money, unfortunately, is on Andrew Alberts.

Line-up

Injuries

According to Booth’s agent, the winger has a a high ankle sprain and a partially torn ligament that could keep him out anywhere from two weeks to two months.

Kassian has his back issues that make it tough to predict when he gets back in the line-up while Steve Pinizzotto did not travel to Phoenix due to illness. Hopefully, Higgins isn’t out for too long.

For the ‘Yotes, defenseman Zbynek Michalek could play after being out with a lower-body injury, while David Moss missed last Tuesday with a lower-body injury.

Prediction

Last time the Canucks played a low-scoring team in Nashville, I predicted a soccer-style final score and we got a 7-4 thriller. This time, I’ll throw out 8-6 and see what happens.

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