Preview: Vancouver at Colorado

When: 9:00 PM  ET, Friday, October 24, 2014
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Matchup Edge
VAN Edge in: COL
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Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
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Goaltending


After snapping a two-game skid, the Vancouver Canucks look to add to the Colorado Avalanche's mounting troubles when the former Northwest Division rivals meet in Denver on Friday. Nick Bonino scored to ignite his team's three-goal third period as Vancouver skated to a 4-1 triumph over St. Louis on Thursday. Ryan Miller finished with 31 saves against his former team, but Eddie Lack is expected to get the start versus Colorado.

The Avalanche, who won the Central Division last season, have dropped four in a row (0-2-2) - with backup goaltender Reto Berra and rookie Calvin Pickard platooning over the last three. Semyon Varlamov, who is 0-2-1 this season after leading the NHL with 41 wins in 2013-14, is in line to return from a groin injury he sustained during the pregame skate last week at Ottawa.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, RSN Pacific (Vancouver), Altitude (Colorado)

ABOUT THE CANUCKS (4-2-0): With the top line held in check, Bonino and Chris Higgins stepped up and chipped in a goal and an assist apiece to pace Vancouver on Thursday. Higgins notched a pair of assists in Vancouver's 3-1 victory over Colorado on Dec. 8 but was kept off the scoresheet in the Avalanche's wins in March and April. Jannik Hansen has tallied in consecutive contests after being held off the scoresheet in each of the first four games of the season.

ABOUT THE AVALANCHE (1-4-2): To add injury to insult, Colorado defenseman Ryan Wilson will be sidelined two-to-three weeks after hurting his shoulder during Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss against Florida. Zach Redmond is expected to make his Avalanche debut in his place. "He’s a player that played some games last year with Winnipeg, but he also had a really good playoff in St. John’s (of the American Hockey League) and he got our attention," coach Patrick Roy said of Redmond. "We like what we’ve seen so far with him. He’s a guy that moves the puck well, supports the rush and he’s capable of playing good defense."

OVERTIME

1. Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog has recorded two of his team's three power-play goals this season. The Avalanche are 3-for-27 with the man advantage.

2. Vancouver LW Daniel Sedin saw his five-game point streak come to an end on Thursday.

3. Colorado LW Alex Tanguay has scored in three consecutive games overall and has 58 points (21 goals, 37 assists) in 65 career meetings with the Canucks.

PREDICTION: Avalanche 3, Canucks 2
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Vancouver 4-2-0-0 W1 1-1-0-0 3-1-0-0 0-0-0-0 4-2-0-0 3-0-0-0
Colorado 1-4-2-0 L4 0-1-1-0 1-3-1-0 1-0-0-0 0-4-2-0 ---

Last Meeting

Vancouver Colorado
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
4/10/14 COL 4 VAN 2 40 24 0-0 28 38 1-4

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
VAN D. Hamhuis 2
COL P. Stastny 2
Goals Player  
VAN D. Booth 1
COL P. Stastny 2
Assists Player  
VAN D. Hamhuis 2
COL E. Johnson 1
Saves Player  
VAN J. Markstrom 24
COL S. Varlamov 38
Season
Total Points Player  
VAN D. Sedin 8
COL M. Duchene 4
Goals Player  
VAN R. Vrbata 4
COL A. Tanguay 3
Assists Player  
VAN D. Sedin 7
COL J. Iginla 4
Saves Player  
VAN R. Miller 115
COL S. Varlamov 101

Quickchart Matchup

Vancouver Off vs  Colorado Def
3.17 GF
3.43 GA
34.5 Shots
35.7 Shots
5 PP
4 PK
Colorado Off vs  Vancouver Def
1.71 GF
2.83 GA
28.3 Shots
27.7 Shots
3 PP
4 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -135 123
118
5.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports -140 120
110
5.5
Sportsbook -140 120
110
5.5
5Dimes.eu -138
128
120
5.5
GTBets.eu -140 120
115
5.5
Top Bet -135 115
115
5.5
BetOnline.ag -140 127
117
5.5
BetDSI -140 120
110
5.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
Belmont -140 120
110
5.5
BookMaker.eu -140 120
110
5.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-122
112
-135
5.5
Mirage OFF OFF OFF
Station OFF OFF OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Vancouver Overall Colorado
4-2-0-0 W/L 1-4-2-0
3-3 ATS 3-4
4-1 O/U 2-5
3.17 Goals For 1.71
2.83 Goals Agnst 3.43
Vancouver A/H Colorado
3-1-0-0 W/L 0-1-1-0
3-1 ATS 0-2
2-1 O/U 1-1
3.25 Goals For 1.50
2.25 Goals Agnst 3.50