The Canucks take on the Avalanche for the second time this season at the Pepsi Center.
Fresh off a 4-3 win over the Oilers, the Canucks are looking to extend their winning streak to five with their second road win of the season.
This will be Colorado’s second of four in a row home games, and their first game since taking a four day break after beating the Blue Jackets 5-1 on October 30th.
Cory Schneider is expected to take to the net tonight, after Roberto Luongo won back to backs earlier this week.
“It’s been almost two weeks now since I played, but that’s part of the job,” said Schneider. “It’s my job to be ready in practice and work hard there, so when the games come I’m not a step behind.”
This is Schneider’s first start on the road this season. He has wins against the Carolina Hurricanes October 17th, and the Minnesota Wild October 22nd. This season he has a .905 SV% and a 0.86 GAA in seven periods of play.
The last time these two teams saw each other was October 26th in Vancouver when Mason Raymond scored the game winning goal 28 seconds into overtime.
The game wasn’t the only thing the Avalanche lost that night, during warm ups Craig Anderson in injured his knee, forcing Peter Budaj to play without a backup. Anderson had started in the first seven games for the Avalanche, but is now on long term injury reserve. Budaj is 3-0-1 since taking over as the team’s number one goaltender.
The Canucks stellar penalty kill this season could prove valuable against the Avalanche. Vancouver has gone five games without allowing a shorthanded goal, successfully killing fourteen consecutive powerplays. Their overall penalty kill this season is 85.7%.
The Avalanche, on the other hand, have surrendered at least one powerplay goal in five consecutive games. They have given up seven powerplay goals on 19 shorthanded situations, giving them a 63.2% penalty kill over the past five games.
Game time is 6:00 PST on Sportsnet One or Canucks.com
Who To Watch
Alex Burrows returns for his second game on the season. He went pointless against the Oilers but had three shots in 15:29 minutes of ice time, including over two minutes on the penalty kill.
Raffi Torres scored his first career hat trick against his former team Tuesday night. He has six goals in 11 games, putting him only two goals behind team leader, Daniel Sedin.
Christian Ehrhoff led Vancouver in points, with two assists the last time the Canucks played the Avalanche. Ehrhoff is 2-4-6 this season. Last season he was chosen as the team’s most outstanding defenseman award and finished a career best 14-30-44 and with a +36 record.