Just the Facts:
Oh you mean THOSE guys? The ones who got embarrassed in their home rink in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals? Haha yeah now I remember, that was fun. Now that you think about it Vancouver is a pretty nice place to visit, sometimes they just HAND the Stanley Cup right over to you.
Really though, the last time the Bruins played a game in Vancouver they left as champions and there will be plenty of people using that as fuel.
One person who doesn't care is new Cancuks head coach John Tortorella, who was busy blocking shots on Broadway at the time anyway. Jokes aside, the Canucks have adapted to Torts' system and have worked their way into wild card spot in the West.
They'll be without resident cannibal Alexandre Burrows who's out with, ironically, a broken jaw as well as Alexander Edler and Jordan Schroeder who are both nursing injuries of the lower body variety.
The Bruins are still essentially the Providence Bruins, with no significant updates on Daniel Paille who was sent home and Shawn Thornton expecting his lengthy suspension any minute now. Dougie Hamilton, Loui Eriksson, and Chris Kelly are still on the shelf for a few weeks while Adam McQuaid is the closest to returning.
Needless to say, this might be a tough game. The Bruins held off the Oilers in their last game but not without a third period surge, though that could be attributed to some questionable forward deployment by Claude Julien. Despite this, and the current state of the lineup, the Bruins have been holding up well possession wise maintaining a Fenwick For percentage of above 50% in close situations 5v5 in four of their last five games.
Reputation aside, Torts has been leading a team that's 6th in the league in Fenwick for percentage and have two of the better possession players in the league in the Sedin twins.
Someone to look out for is Marchand who has been one of the better Bruins' players in Corsi for in his last ten games and has some, uh, history of making impact in games against Vancouver.
This should be a good one.
REALLY THOUGH, NEVER FORGET:
Really guys, Metallica gets it, they made an entire movie about how random riots just seem to happen in Vancouver. It's hilariously awesome.
So with that said, let's Kill 'Em All.