Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/30/13
Just What the Doctor Ordered The Canucks started their California swing well, but the effort levels were maddeningly inconsistent in losses to the Sharks and Kings. Cue a home game against Colorado, a guaranteed slump buster. Matchup: Vancouver Canucks (2-2-2) v Colorado Avalanche (2-3-0) Venue: Rogers Arena Time: 7:00 pm TV/Radio: Sportsnet, Team 1040 Game Notes Let’s review the eight-ball the Avalanche are under. They don’t have Ryan O’Reilly, they don’t have Gabriel Landeskog, they don’t have Steve Downie. They do have Joe Sacco behind the bench, he of the 25-42-6 record in the Northwest since taking over the Avs. It’s part a larger trend where the Canucks have taken at least a point in 18 straight games against Colorado and one the last seven meetings at Rogers Arena. I like those odds. What to Watch: Colorado The Avalanche also hold one of the few power plays currently worse than Vancouver’s. They’ve converted just one of fifteen chances so far, while their penalty kill has been
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