Canucks Army GDT #12 - Canucks @ Devils

Dimitri Filipovic
October 24 2013 02:47PM


Welcome back, guy.

There's a light at the end of the tunnel for the Canucks, as their contest with the New Jersey Devils on Thursday afternoon is the penultimate game of their 7-game roadtrip. After a fun overtime victory against the Islanders two days ago, they'll be playing a Devils squad that pretty desperately needs a victory, but almost certainly won't be willing to engage in an up-tempo affair. The slower, the better.. which doesn't exactly lend itself to great television.

But regardless, David Booth is back in the lineup after being scratched last time out (in an attempt to deliver a message to him, or something like that), and we'll get to see Cory Schneider's friendly face one more time. Read on past the jump for a preview in which I promise to refrain from making any Steve Bernier jokes!

BROADCAST INFO

Puck Drop: 4 PM PST

TV: Rogers Sportsnet Vancouver

Radio: Team1040

SETUP

As I mentioned above, David Booth is back in the lineup, taking the place of Jannik Hansen (who was sent back to Vancouver to be evaluated following his ugly collision on Tuesday). I expect we'll see a 2nd line of Higgins-Santorelli-Kassian, who were awesome against the Islanders. Hopefully Kassian will be able to continue impressing, and keep his string of strong games going.

That means that Booth will likely be on a 3rd line with Richardson and Weise, which doesn't exactly sound like a recipe that'll get him back on the scoring sheet. But whatever. Andrew Alberts, who played 1 measly shift (lasting a grand total of 37 seconds) will be back in on a 4th line with Welsh and Sestito.

Let's get to some housekeeping newsy stuff, shall we? Alex Burrows was out there for the full gameday skate, but won't be playing tonight. There has been some speculation that he'll be back for tomorrow's game against the Blues, but it's just purely speculation at this point. Meanwhile, Yann Sauve's recall was defined as a "paper transaction", and he won't be playing tonight. Nor will he be playing ever, hopefully. 

Vancouver's opponent tonight is just such a weird team. I mentioned this in the preview of their first meeting this season, but they have so many random new parts that have been put together on the fly. There's some nice talent on the team, sure, but none of it seems to make all that much sense as a whole.

As you'll notice in the Numbers section below, they're on track to yet again miss the playoffs despite maintaining very strong possession metrics. Unfortunately for them, they've really struggled converting those shot attempts into goals (26 in the NHL in goals/game). It also doesn't help that Martin Brodeur and his .865 save % has started nearly half of their games thus far.

According to Tom Gulitti (who I'd recommend following on Twitter if you're looking for some analysis from a Devils perspective, for whatever reason) this is what we can expect Pete DeBoer's New Jersey Devils to look like tonight:

Elias-Loktionov-Jagr

Olesz-Zajac-Brunner

Zubrus Henrique-Ryder

Carter-Gionta-Bernier

Greene-Fayne

Volchenkov-Zidlicky

Gelinas-Larsson

No, not that Gelinas.. *shudders*.

NUMBERS GAME

  Canucks Devils
Record 6-4-1 1-5-3
Goal Differential  -1

 -12

PP  3/29 4/30
PK  34/39 21/25
Fenwick Tied % 52.2% 52.4%
Corsi % 52.8% 53.4%
PDO 99.6  96.4

via NHL.com and Hockey Analysis 

GAME DAY LINKS

  • Tale of the Tape for tonight's game. [via CDC]
  • John Tortorella on diving, whining. [via Dan Rosen]
  • At least Roberto Luongo doesn't have Cory Schneider breathing down his neck. [via Jason Botchford]
  • Is David Booth not doing enough to play? [via Pass it to Bulis]

PLAYNOW

Our friends over at PlayNow.com after offering two specials for tonight's game:

Sorry Schneider - If the Canucks get at least 4 pucks past Cory Schneider in a victory tonight, you get $3.75 for every $1 that you wager. This is a tough one, seenig as Schneider has yet to give up more than 3 goals in a single game this season, but you never know.

Devilish Daniel - You can get 3.25-to-1 odds on Daniel Sedin scoring a goal in a Canucks victory. He scored his 3rd of the season last time out against the Islanders, and if he continues this early season pace of nearly 4 shots on goal/game, those goal totals will start piling up in a hurry.

Be sure to sign up with the Canucks Army promo code "CANUCKSARMY" to receive $25 worth of free bets.

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Dimitri Filipovic writes about hockey on the internet, and is the Managing Editor of Canucks Army. You can follow him on Twitter @DimFilipovic, and email him at dimitri.filipovic@gmail.com.
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#1 GeezMoney
October 24 2013, 02:52PM
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I can't wait to see David Booth's great Corsi action on ice again. I mean all that shot preventative action must mean the team will win games.

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#2 Surrey Bob
October 24 2013, 03:06PM
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@GeezMoney

LMFAO. Just like a Disney commercial, so rehearsed and shill-like.

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#3 Matt
October 24 2013, 04:56PM
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GeezMoney wrote:

I can't wait to see David Booth's great Corsi action on ice again. I mean all that shot preventative action must mean the team will win games.

Give it a rest, pal

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#4 JFR
October 24 2013, 05:11PM
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Those two in the back ground must be family. Look, I'm not going to pretend that I know what is wrong with Booth, but let's start with basics... Hit the net when you have a shot! Too many times he is trying to make a perfect shot, but you can't score if the shot is a foot over the net. Also hustle! Do little things that get your name called on the broadcast. Get back, battle for pucks or block shots something. Fact is we need booth right now with 2 top 6 forwards down, but when Burr and Hansen get healthy give him the Ballard treatment, getting 4.5 mil for season box seats. I hope he takes the sit down to heart and comes out fighting tonight. Canucks didn't play with fight last year, so it's time to see some and be 4 games over .500 at the end of this trip.

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#5 NM00
October 24 2013, 05:48PM
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Whatever you think of Booth, surely you'd rather him get top 9 minutes as opposed to Weise, Alberts, Weber, Welsh or Sestito...

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#6 GeezMoney
October 24 2013, 09:12PM
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He didn't last very long did he? He seems to be accumulating as many injuries as he does apologists.

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#7 NM00
October 24 2013, 09:34PM
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I don't want Booth on the roster next year at $4.25.

However, since that will probably not be resolved until the end of the year, I'd rather he play in the top 9 than Weise and co

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