We Are The Youth Gone Wild: Canucks & Stars

Yankee Canuck
February 01 2011 05:35PM


 

Vancouver Canucks @ Dallas Stars

5:30 PM PST

Stars   Canucks
30 Wins 31
15 Losses 10
5 OTL 9
2.86 (T-11th) Goals/Game 3.26 (3rd)
2.66 (12th) Goals Against/Game 2.32 (3rd)
20.2% (10th) PP 23.5% (3rd)
79.8% (22nd) PK 84.3% (5th)

Fast Facts

> Raise Your Hand If You're Under 25: For the first time in who knows when, the Canucks will ice five rookies: Schneider between the pipes, Sweatt and Tanev on defense and a fourth line with Volpatti on wing and Hodgson as his pivot.Believe it: the Canucks actually have a friggin farm system. You can now throw your Kirill Koltsov jerseys away.

> Twinkle Twinkle: Despite Vancouver's impressive beatdowns of Dallas so far, they're a stacked team at the top of their division with plenty of scoring (Morrow, Neal, Richards & Eriksson) to match a pesky defense and a top-flight netminder in Lehtonen. They're 7-2-1 in their last ten, only a few points behind the Canucks in the Western race and are likely relishing a shot at redemption after their 7-1 implosion. Throw the kids into the fire AV!

> Impress Your Friends With Knowledge!: Should Hodgson score, he'll be the third Canuck this season (Bliznak & Sweatt) to score in their first NHL game. If Hodgson really wants to keep pace with the others, he'll need to score on his first NHL shot AND make that goal stand as the game winner. Make us proud kid.

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The Yank has been blogging about Vancouver since 2005 and is a founding manager of the Nucks Misconduct community. Occasionally he pops up on canucks.com. Frequently there is whiskey in his hand. Feel free to yell at him over email or Twitter.
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