The hot Vancouver Canucks, (16-12-0) are in town to take on the slumping Carolina Hurricanes, (5-17-5), for a matinee game on Saturday afternoon at the RBC. The Canucks have played well lately. They have won two in a row and four of their last five, while the Canes have lost five in a row.
The last place Hurricanes have 15 points, eight points behind their closest rival Toronto, and 14 points out of a playoff spot.
((UPDATE)) Of course you had to know that if I put Luongo's info up here, Andrew Raycroft would get the start.
The Canucks are led by the only goalie captain in the league, Roberto Luongo. Luongo will get the day off and Andrew Raycroft will face Manny Legace, who will be making his seventh start for the Canes.
|2009 - Andrew Raycroft||8||357||4||2||13||2.18||154||141||.916||1|
|2009 - Manny Legace||8||465||2||4||25||3.23||227||202||.890||0|
Vancouver is led in scoring by Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler.
|2009 - Henrik Sedin||28||14||18||32||9||20||3||1||3||0||59||23.7|
|2009 - Ryan Kesler||28||5||20||25||1||26||2||0||1||0||74||6.8|
Carolina is led by Jussi Jokinen, Tuomo Ruutu, Matt Cullen, and Ray Whitney. Cullen has a four game point streak. Jokinen has been hurt and will be a game time decision.
|2009 - Jussi Jokinen||27||6||10||16||-2||12||1||0||2||0||46||13.0|
|2009 - Tuomo Ruutu||23||6||10||16||-2||23||2||0||0||0||57||10.5|
|2009 - Matt Cullen||27||7||8||15||-4||12||1||1||0||0||62||11.3|
|2009 - Ray Whitney||25||6||9||15||-8||6||1||0||0||0||47||12.8|
Vancouver just played two straight games on Wednesday and Thursday nights in New Jersey and Philadelphia. Carolina has had a few days off and has not played since their loss to Washington at home Monday night. The team will go on a four game road trip after this game.
For more information about the current lines and defensive pairings, check out the post-practice thread put up on Friday.
Nucks Misconduct has the latest and greatest about the Canucks and apparently they are none too pleased about this early start.
The puck drops at 1:30 Eastern time and the game will be telecast locally by FS Carolinas. We will have the open game thread starting up at 1. Can the Canes get off the slide?