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About the Canucks - 01-07-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Canucks.

When and where: 10 p.m. EST. Rogers Arena.

TV: Root Sports, TSN.

Record: 23-13-8, 54 points. The Canucks are in fourth place in the Pacific Division.

Leading Scorer: Henrik Sedin, 39 points (9 goal, 30 assists).

Last Game: 4-3 overtime road loss, Sunday. Sedin had three assists for the Canucks.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-3 shootout road loss, Oct. 19. Kevin Bieksa (right) had three assists for the Canucks.

Canucks Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Sedin. He has 13 points in 12 career games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Canucks: Benn Ferriero, RW (Ferriero played for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins but never played for the NHL Penguins).

Ex-Canucks on the Penguins: Andrew Ebbett, C; Tanner Glass, LW; Taylor Pyatt, LW.

Useless Canucks Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Pyatt has played in 827 career games, third-most among players drafted in 1999. Only Henrik Sedin (984) and Canucks left winger Daniel Sedin (950) have played in more.

Best Canucks Video We Could Find: A fun commercial from the 2000s featuring former Canucks captain Markus Naslund and former Thrashers captain Ilya Kovalchuk:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (24-10-1, 2.23 GAA, .919 SV%) for the Penguins. Eddie Lack (7-3-2, 2.16 GAA, .923 SV%) for the Canucks.

Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Chuck Kobasew ("lower body") is day to day. right winger Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), Chris Conner (hand), Pascal Dupuis (knee), centers Andrew Ebbett (ankle), Jayson Megna ("lower body"), defensemen Paul Martin (leg) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Canucks, Goaltender Roberto Luongo (ankle) is out. Defensemen Andrew Alberts (concussion), Alexander Edler ("lower body"), Ryan Stanton (ankle), right winger Alexandre Burrows (jaw) and center Jordan Schroeder ("lower body") are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

 14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 49 Brian Gibbons
36 Jussi Jokinen - 16 Brandon Sutter - 18 James Neal
15 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 17 Taylor Pyatt
5 Deryk Engelland - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

  Rob Scuderi - 58 Kris Letang
 3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen
44 Brooks Orpik - 47 Simon Despres

-The Canucks expected lines and defensive pairings:

22 Daniel Sedin - 33 Henrik Sedin - 25 Mike Santorelli
29 Tom Sesito -17 Ryan Kesler - 9 Zack Kassian
20 Chris Higgins - 15 Brad Richardson - 36 Jannik Hansen
49 Darren Archibald - 21 Zac Dalpe - 42 Benn Ferriero

2 Dan Hamhuis - 8 Chris Tanev
5 Jason Garrison - 3 Kevin Bieksa
26 Frank Corrado - 6 Yannick Weber

Notes:

-The last time the Penguins played the Canucks, this happened:

-Dan Bylsma (232) is tied for the most wins in franchise history with Eddie Johnston.

-Garrison has 99 career points.

-Daniel Sedin has 797 career points.

-Our live blog, direct from our couch, begins at approximately 9:45 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Rich Lam/Getty Images)

 

 

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