Canucks Army GDT #80 - Avs @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
April 10 2014 01:30PM

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no way.. is this really happening.. *rubs eyes*

To steal the words of a wise, well-spoken man -- "Wow, what a few days."

Since the last time the Vancouver Canucks hit the ice for a game there have been some substantial off-ice changes made, as I'm sure you've heard. And while there will unquestionably be more where that came from in the coming months, there are still 3 more games to be drawn out of this godforsaken '13-'14 schedule. While it would certainly behoove them to lose their final couple contests, I'd imagine that the organization would like to do so in a less embarrassing fashion than they did the other night.

I'm sure we won't hear a single comparison made over the course of tonight's game between what the Avs did by bringing in Joe Sakic last summer, and what the Canucks did yesterday. Nope, nary a reference.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM PST

TV: Sportsnet Pacific

The Canucks

Lineup visuals via Daily Faceoff:

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Sure enough, John Tortorella is a man of his word -- it's time to let the kids play! So what if it's 6 months later, with only 3 measly games left on the slate. So what if, at this point, guys like Corrado and Jensen may actually be better served being sheltered from this mess by being given a chance to compete in a legitimate playoff race down in Utica? 

As you can see above, Frankie Corrado is expected to draw back into the lineup - tonight, and in the final pair of games as well - after being a healthy scratch against the Ducks. If he does in fact get to play next to Dan Hamhuis, I'm sure he'll do just fine. Especially in comparison to the Yann Sauve Experience he went through earlier in the season. 

Making room for him on the back-end is the absence of Jason Garrison, who should likely be shut down for the remainder of the season. As Jason Botchford has reported numerous times, Garrison has been dealing with both an ankle and groin injury for months now, and really should've been put on the IR way back when the injuries were actually sustained. Instead, the team rode him, and he was abysmal after what looked like a thoroughly promising start to the season. 

But forget all of that, because it pales in comparison to the really important news for tonight -- JACOB MARKSTROM IS ALIVE! He'll make his first start in a Canucks uniform, which means that it has been 111 days since his last NHL start. Once Eddie Lack gets off of the IV, he'll likely have to be escorted to the bench because he probably has absolutely no idea where it actually is. 

Everyone in the building better give this dude a standing ovation when he makes his first save, and I don't mean in an ironic Bronx cheer sense.

The Avs

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It has been exactly two weeks since we last saw the Avs, so not all that much has changed in terms of my thoughts on them as a team since I wrote up this preview. Well, except for the fact that they're now missing Matt Duchene, which is a devastating blow to their already slim chances in the 1st round (assuming he's not available from the get-go, which seems like the case as of now). 

But hey, they're going to the playoffs and have quickly flipped the script from last season, when they somehow managed to finish with 20 fewer points than the Canucks (in only 48 games, no less). It's about as expedited a turnaround as you could possibly hope for in professional sports, even if some of their success this season can be attributed to puck luck. 

The Numbers

via Extra Skater:

Canucks Avs
5v5 Corsi Close % 52.0 (9th) 47.3 (26th)
5v5 GF/60 2.12 (22nd) 2.52 (6th)
5v5 GA/60 2.17 (13th) 2.18 (14th)
5v5 PDO 99.6 (T-18th) 101.9 (3rd)
     
5v4 GF/60 4.78 (28th) 6.50 (9th)
5v4 SF/60 58.0 (4th) 49.1 (19th)
4v5 GA/60 5.05 (6th) 6.06 (15th)
4v5 SA/60 39.4 (1st) 58.4 (26th)

Gameday Reading

There are just three games left in the 2013-14 season (including this one), and they're all against members of the now-defunct Northwest Division. Alas, it brings us back to the simpler times, when the Canucks would wallop the likes of Colorado, Calgary, and Edmonton, padding their gaudy stats along the way. 

Anyways, Pass it to Bulis' preview of the week ahead is worth reading based on the nostalgia. The times, they are a-changin'.

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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 Char Richo
April 10 2014, 03:10PM
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They should be playing Dalpe and Schroeder too if they're really committed to tanking, whoops I mean getting the kids some more experience.

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#2 dasd
April 10 2014, 03:33PM
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Tank the game! Tank the game! Why? Because it's better to pick 6 ot 7 overall than it is to pick 9 or 10.

For all you propeller heads out there who want to debate it...is the number 1 pick better than the 100th pick? Yes, significantly so.

So is number 7 better than 10? Yes as well, just not as materially.

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#3 andyg
April 10 2014, 03:44PM
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Char Richo wrote:

They should be playing Dalpe and Schroeder too if they're really committed to tanking, whoops I mean getting the kids some more experience.

Torts is going to screw us 3 more times before he goes.

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#5 Regression to da Avs
April 10 2014, 07:29PM
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Man, so who can hardly wait to watch the Avs regress back to normal next season? They're so lucky Van crapped the bed this yr.

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#6 Samson
April 10 2014, 07:49PM
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We're Canucks fans dammit we don't have to explain our nonsensical rage to you!

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#7 CNKS
April 10 2014, 10:42PM
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Go Canucks! haha

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#8 WestOfCanada
April 10 2014, 11:00PM
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@Regression to da Avs

Why is it that when another team wins because they do the right things, ei- hire an ex player who knows about winning as their coach and draft and develop players well , why is that luck? When the Canucks lose because they don't do anything right than it's some aberration?

Could it be that maybe, just maybe, the Canucks had a lousy season because they played lousy? Could it be that they are lousy because their player agent GM did nothing but make lousy deals and their organization doesn't bother with a little thing called " developing players"?

The funny thing is the Canucks just hired Linden to be the prez. Linden, you know the guy who many called "country club" Linden. Or as Edmonton fans would say..a Kevin Low Mark 2. Well at lest Kevin had 4 cups to use as an excuse for failure, but Lowe has run out of cups for excuses. What's going to happen when Linden's team chokes again next year? Linden has no cups to hide behind , unfortunately.

Fact is, Linden is a glaring example of the owner Slackafinni's attempt at window dressing, all for the sake of ticket sales. Fact is Slackafinni would have hired a smurf if it would help the suckers come back to buy season tickets. I was assured that the Canucks would get to 50 years with no cups thanks to Gillis and the Sedins but now with |Country Club Linden on board, I'm sure that 60 years is a better bet. Maybe Linden can hire Smyl as the coach and Mclean as the GM and Lumme in charge of scouting. God knows how those guys know about winning.

But hey, hindsight is only 20 /20. The Canucks seem to have problems with hindsight and foresight.

Linden " I never wanted to work for any other organization." Trevor...no one else wanted you.

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#9 Splicer
April 10 2014, 11:56PM
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Wish the Canuck's would hurry up and put Torts out of his misery and fire him. The Canuck's were never about wins but looking good while choking. You know you are not seriously about winning when you hire a player agent as your G.M. and a player with no experience as your President.

Come on back to Tampa Tort,s we luv ya cause you brought us a cup! Don't bother wasting your time and energy trying to convince a group losers on how to win. They don't want to win, they want to pamper the Sedins and Edler!

Toronto got smart, they hired Shanahan. If you can't beat them, join them. Look for non calls against the Leafs i the coming years because let's face it, the league is one big fix. I think boxing is more reputable than the NHL these days.

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#10 chocoball
April 11 2014, 12:04AM
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wut happened to the rumours about hiring bob nicholson as president....a seriously respected hockey executive....

aquilinis are a joke....

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#11 Splicer
April 11 2014, 01:42AM
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@chocoball

The truth is in as many years, the Canadian teams have been a joke. If the Canadian teams where retail stores, they'd be bankrupt a long time ago. the only reason why this facade has been going on for so long is because of the fans. The fans clearly don't if the teams don't make real improvements because time and time again, the fans have shown the owners that despite losing, they are willing to come back and pay. Bettman has no real interest in the cup in Canada and the owners sit quiet whenever Bettman waves money in their faces.

However, with Shanahan signing with the Leafs, it's clear that the leafs are buying "influence" more than anything else. I expect Toronto to be on the better end of calls, should they make the play offs someday. and if by fluke, the Canucks and Lefs meat up in the finals in the future... BET THE DAMN FARM THE FIRST WINNER OF THE CUP IN CANADA WILL NOT BE THE CANUCKS.

But hey, why not? Boston got help to the cup along with all the US teams. If you can't win it, why not just buy it like the rest of them?

Now if the Canucks where smart they'd hire Bettman as a GM. But we all know the Canucks have no real intention of winning. they just hired Linden, the Keven Lowe of BC.

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#12 Gamer 0-0
April 11 2014, 02:43AM
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@Splicer

Hmm, that got me thinking.

Gillis may have been the Dr. Evil of everything along with the owner.

Gillis was probably the one not Av who wanted Luongo in net for the 7th game despite his meltdowns.

Gillis was the one who wanted all his pets played, not AV.

Gillis got rid of CoHo because Coho stood up to him and told him the truth about his team. Under the bus went Coho.

Gillis threw AV under the bus to cover up for his failures, ie- the whole team.

Gillis couln't get rid of Luongo because of the bad contract he gave him, so he threw Schneider under the bus.

Gillis eventually threw Luongo under the bus because he realized that Luongo could not play well enough to save him even if he wanted to.

Gillis made Torts play Lack because he had to prove that letting Cory and Luongo go was the best move, but it back fired.

Gillis like a sneaky critter tried to throw torts under the bust repeatedly when Lack failed to live up to his dreams but Torts said i can't hear you too well mike, one of my ears is plugged up with a Stanley Cup.

Gillis tried to make an ultimatum to the owner when he realized he had no more bus fodder.

Now it all makes sense. GILLIS WAS THE DR. EVIL OF THE CANUCKS!

GILLIS YOU BASTURD! TAKE YOUR ONE JILLION DOLLARS AND NEVER COME BACK!

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#13 wayne berton
April 12 2014, 03:36PM
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Out of context for this discussion but sell the farm and trade for Ryan Johanson from Columbus. He could have been had before this year, now developing into a super star.

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#14 wayne berton
April 12 2014, 03:38PM
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Oh, also a local boy developing so all the Canucks staph.(sic) could watch.

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