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Canucks Report: Avalanche warning

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks
Seventy-three games down, nine to go.

The Vancouver Canucks face the Colorado Avalanche in the second of a three-game home stand Thursday night at Rogers Arena. The teams have split both games this season, with the victor winning by at least three goals.

The Canucks held an optional skate this morning with Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen taking part; coach Willie Desjardins said he expects both players to be in the line-up, but they’ll make the final call following pre-game warm-up.

Hansen and Burrows are sixth and seventh in team scoring, respectively, this season having combined for 28 goals and 30 assists for 58 points. Obviously their presence in the line-up makes an impact.

Here’s Desjardins’ full press conference:

AVALANCHE WARNING

The Canucks can match their season-long four-game winning streak with a victory Thursday and they’ll attempt to do so against a tired Avalanche team, 4-3 losers to the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night.

Fatigued or not, Colorado desperately needs the two points as they sit 10 back of the Winnipeg Jets for the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.

Radim Vrbata, who sits one goal shy of 30, is expecting a hungry opponent.

MOVING ON

“How much different does your game feel compared to a year ago?”

Next question.

Lack has been asked by media to compare this year to last year over and over again for the last few weeks and he’s finally reach his limit.

Two different seasons, two different playoff runs – period.

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