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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Game Preview: Vancouver Canucks @ Pittsburgh Penguins


Vancouver Canucks @ Pittsburgh Penguins
Game Time: 2:00pm/ET
From: Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
Penguins Record: 12-4-3 (4th in Eastern Conference)
Canucks Record: 12-6-2 (3rd in Western Conference)
Last Meeting:
December 8th, 2007 @ Vancouver (2-1 Pens [SO])
[Boxscore] [Video]

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS LINE COMBINATIONS:
Pascal Dupuis - Sidney Crosby - Miroslav Satan
Max Talbot - Evgeni Malkin - Petr Sykora
Tyler Kennedy - Jordan Staal - Matt Cooke
Ruslan Fedotenko - Mike Zigomanis - Eric Godard

Brooks Opik - Kris Letang
Rob Scuderi - Hal Gill
Phillipe Boucher - Alex Goligoski

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS PROBABLE GOALTENDER:
Dany Sabourin (4-1-1 / 1.59GAA / .940 SV%)

VANCOUVER CANUCKS LINE COMBINATIONS:
Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Pavol Demitra
Alexandre Burrows - Ryan Kesler - Jannik Hansen
Taylor Pyatt - Kyle Wellwood - Steve Bernier
Darcy Hordichuk - Ryan Johnson - Mason Raymond

Mattias Ohlund - Lawrence Nycholat
Nolan Baumgarnter - Willie Mitchell
Alexander Edler - Shane O'Brien

VANCOUVER CANUCKS PROBABLE GOALTENDER:
Robert Luongo (11-5-2 / 2.18GAA / .928 SV%)

PENGUINS LEADERS:
GOALS: Satan (9)
ASSISTS: Malkin (24)
POINTS: Malkin (31)
+/-: Kennedy (+7)

CANUCKS LEADERS:
GOALS: Wellwood/D.Sedin (8)
ASSISTS: H.Sedin (15)
POINTS: H.Sedin (18)
+/-: Mitchell (+14)


The Vancouver Canucks are defensive all the way. They play a defensive style and the last line of defense is a big one: Robert Luongo. He has five shutouts this season and will be difficult to beat.

Vancouver does not just play defense however. Their top offensive line is the PhD line consisting of Pavel Demitra, Hendrik Sendin and Daniel Sendin. They have combined for 15 points in the last four games.

The Canucks have been on a role as of late as well. They have points in their last eight games, with a 6-0-2 record. The Penguins themselves also have points in their last eight games (7-0-1) so this game is going to be a tight battle between two very good teams.

The Penguins have changed up their lines slightly, making some adjustments on the wing. Dupuis is returned to the Crosby/Satan line, which sends Talbot to play with Malkin and Sykora. Fedotenko takes Dupuis' former spot on the fourth line. The Cooke-Staal-Kennedy line, which has performed very well recently, remains intact.

The 2pm start is a weird one, for sure. It threw off my blogging schedule for sure, so I wonder if it will throw off the teams at all. It's even stranger for those watching from Vancouver, where the game will air at 11am/PT. This is also the tail end of a four game road trip for the Canucks, so I wonder if that will have any effect.

Prediction: 2-1 Penguins

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