Always Nice To See You: Canucks & Leafs

Vancouver Canucks @ Toronto Maple Leafs

4:00 PM PST

Leafs   Canucks
5 Wins 9
7 Losses 4
3 OTL 2
2.13 (29th) Goals/Game 3.07 (T-8th)
2.67 (13th) Goals Against/Game 2.27 (6th)
11.1% (T-24th) PP 26.8% (2nd)
76.5% (26th) PK 85.4% (11th)

What To Watch For

> Young Guns Galore: Nazem Kadri and Keith Aulie join Mario Bliznak as rookie call up’s looking to stick around with their clubs. Kadri will be looking to add some scoring touch to a corps which is almost dead last in putting the puck in the net. Aulie will be on the third pairing and hopes to help a blueline still adjusting without captain Dion Phanuef. Bliznak is looking to stick around a few more games  and got off to a good start in Ottawa where the fourth line added two goals, including Bliznak’s first NHL goal.

> This Ain’t Communist Sweden: I lost count of how many giveaways the Canucks handed to the Senators in the first period on Thursday. Everyone got into the swing of it and it took a dominant third to forget the errors of the first. Vancouver won’t get many more points on this road trip if that sloppy trend continues.

> …And Now You Know: There could be a handful of 1967 and 1994 comments tossed around, so let’s add one more into the mix: 2003. November 24, 2003 specifically which is the last time the Leafs beat Vancouver. Since the lockout Vancouver has rattled off six straight wins – three at the ACC – and have outscored them 25-12 in that span.