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Preview; Bruins look to match up against elite Canucks

February 26, 2011

After a weird three-day layoff in Western Canada the Bruins will bring their three-game winning streak into Vancouver where they will take on the NHL best Canucks. The Bruins have 42 points on the road, good for a third place tie in the NHL for road points. The Canucks are a ridiculous 22-5-5 at home however, the best record in the league. Both teams are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games.

The Canucks are under the radar for many people on the East Coast because their games start at 10 pm local time and they win in a quiet, professional way, but this is one of the scariest teams in the league. The Sedin’s take over most games that they are in, they have 74 and 79 point thus far, first and third in the entire NHL. That alone makes the Canucks a very scary offense to face but factor in Ryan Kesler, Mikael Samuelsson and Alex Burrows and the Canucks roll out the two scariest lines on one team in hockey.

The back end hasn’t been such a sure thing of late though. To say the Canucks defense is depleted would be an understatement. They currently have four defensemen out of the lineup. Roberto Luongo is having a good year, which has been a great asset considering the injury woes on the blue line. He’s second in the league with 28 wins, tied for second in GAA at 2.27 and he’s tied for third in save percentage with .920. He’ll go up against Tim Thomas who is right behind Luongo in wins and is first in the league in GAA with a 1.99 and also first in save percentage with .940.

Tonight’s game could go a lot of ways as East-West games are pretty unpredictable. I would imagine that the Bruins will be up for the game considering the last time they played an elite team in the league they got hammered in a two-game series with the Red Wings. It’ll also be interesting to see how the Bruins have gelled during their long layoff in Western Canada and if they will show it on the ice.

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