Previous seasons Vancouver Canucks were a strong home team. Even then, they were not easily cope against Carolina Hurricanes. Canucks have big aspirations in this season, but preliminary results do not follow such ambitions. They lost three and won only one match - 2:1 at home against Florida. Before of that they lose at home, against Los Angeles Kings 1:2 after OT. Despite of the excellent performance of Luongo (15 saves on 19 shots), they are easily lost the last round against the Kings in Los Angeles, 1-4. Vancouver have a problem with injures. Defender Keith Ballard (left shoulder) is day-to-day, while defender Sami Salo (right Achilles) and forwards Alexandre Burrows (left shoulder) and Alexandre Bolduc (high ankle sprain) are on injured reserve. Carolina's results at the start of the championship have been much better. They won the first two games, both against Minnesota, one home and another away, while the lost the last match, 2:3 in Ottawa. Hurricanes don't have absences. Their goalie Cam Ward had a 2.28 goals-against average and .936 save percentage through previous three games. To conclude, Carolina is in sufficiently good shape to prevent a convincing defeat, and Vancouver has not yet reached the level of the game as expected this season. In addition, the tradition is on the side of Caroline so I expect a very uncertain game.
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