Game #24 Preview: Kicking Off The Terry Fox Trip

Columbus Blue Jackets at Vancouver Canucks

November 29, 2011 - 10:00pm EST
Rogers Arena - Vancouver, British Columbia
Radio - WWCD FM 102.5 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
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First and foremost, lest anyone think I'm being a smart ass with the headline, know that I saw a movie about Terry Fox when I was a kid, and he's always been somewhat of a bad-ass hero of mine. Dude was AWESOME. I used that as the headline because of the amount of miles the Jackets are about to cover across Canada.

They're in Vancouver tonight to kick off a four-game Canada roadie that will take them all the way through the Western Canadian corridor and then on to Montreal. The Jackets are coming off a loss in which they had a lead, gave a last-ten-seconds-in-a-period goal, and lost because they simply can't keep opponents' PPs off the board. That said, it wasn't all bad.

Curtis Sanford continues to impress, and for stretches the Jackets still looked strong. Their defense has improved dramatically, and it will have to be good again tonight against the Canucks. The Flying Sedins have 49 points combined in 23 games. This could be a game where the top line that can assert itself is the team that will win.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(6-14-3, 15 Points; 5th division, 15th conference)

Vinny Prospal Jeff Carter Rick Nash
R.J. Umberger Mark Letestu Ryan Johansen
Antoine Vermette Samuel Pahlsson Derek Dorsett
Derick Brassard Derek MacKenzie Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin Nikita Nikitin
Marc Methot James Wisniewski
John Moore Grant Clitsome

Curtis Sanford
Steve Mason

Vancouver Canucks
(13-9-1, 27 Points; 2nd Division, 9th Conference)

Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Alexandre Burrows
David Booth Ryan Kesler Chris Higgins
Manny Malhotra Cody Hodgson Jannik Hansen
Aaron Volpatti Maxim Lapierre Dale Weise

Kevin Bieksa Dan Hamhuis
Alexander Edler Sami Salo
Keith Ballard Andrew Alberts
Cory Schneider
Roberto Luongo

Season Series

10/10/11 - Canucks 3 at Blue Jackets 2 - recap
11/29/11 - Blue Jackets at Canucks
12/13/11 - Canucks at Blue Jackets
03/17/12 - Blue Jackets at Canucks

By The Numbers

CBJ - 2.41 G/G (23rd)
VAN - 3.00 G/G (7th)

CBJ - 3.13 GA/G (23rd)
VAN - 2.52 GA/G (13th)

Power Play
CBJ - 14.1% (23rd)
VAN - 25.3% (1st)

Penalty Kill
CBJ - 74.7% (29th)
VAN - 87.0% (6th)

Game Notes:

  • Special Teams - The Jackets' PK had done fairly well for a few games, and then it let them down at the worst time against St. Louis the other night. It certainly won't get any easier tonight. The Canucks' PP unit is lethal, and given the Jackets' issues on the PK this year they simply cannot let that dictate the outcome of the game. Discipline is the name of the game tonight.
  • Streaking? - The Jackets, after losing their first seven on the road, have points in three straight road games (1-0-2). The road in Western Canada has a way of stealing their soul, so let's see if their improved road play can continue.
  • Lines and Scratches - It looks like the Jackets will be icing the same lineup from Sunday night. Whither Derick Brassard? [edit] According to Porty, Brass is in tonight and has been promised a little more ice time. Can't see Arniel mixing up the other three lines that have been successful, so does that mean more time for the fourth line tonight?
  • Speaking of Goalies... - Cory Schneider is pushing for the #1 job in Vancouver. An interesting decision may be coming soon for the Nucks./

This one is the first crazy-late start of the year. Do your best. I can't promise I'll be there for the game thread, so try to pick up after yourselves. Cheers!

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