Canucks Army GDT #69 – Canucks vs. Flyers

It’s Pat Quinn Night. That alone gets many of us excited and rightfully so, he was a great man and he played hardball while taking the Canucks to the next level. He also drafted Pavel Bure with confidence, so I am personally thankful for that. The Canucks host the Flyers this evening and with so much emotion after the pregame cermony, Vancouver needs to be focused on sending the Flyers further down the standings.

The last meeting between these two went amazingly well for the Canucks. Imagine that awful start by Markstrom and how quickly that game got away, and then switch the result in the Canucks favour, but with Ryan Miller instead. Nick Bonino scored a modified spin-o-rama from the top of the circle and got the hype machine revving. Three goals on 12 shots was all Philly needed from Ray Emery that night to pull him. Beating the lowly Leafs on Saturday should have the Canucks feeling good, and hopefully they back that performance up with another full effort.

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BROADCAST INFO

Puck Drop: 7:00 pm Pacific

TV: Sportsnet Pacific

Radio: TSN 1040

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LINEUPS

Alex Burrows should be back in after sitting out against the Leafs, Bieksa could slowly move back to bigger minutes and Derek Dorsett had an off day Monday after taking a stick in the face on Saturday. Boys are healthy, WD has some decisions to make. Looks like Ronalds Kenins is out.

Michael Del Zotto is still out after blocking a shot a week ago (Not sure if Lisa Ann can explain further), Matt Read is expecting his first child so Nick Cousins slots in.

HEAD TO HEAD

G69 v PHI

REASONS YOU SHOULD WATCH

  • Unless you have amnesia, I already told you it’s Pat Quinn Night. Not a dry eye in the building, that’s for sure. The Canucks definitely roll out the red carpet when it comes to classing up these events. I can’t wait. 
  • It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Before you do something that has you pre-recording your call in sick voicemail before your boss gets in, watch this game. Sometimes the Canucks are so sobering, you get to drink more green beer when you go out! Please be safe though folks, plan ahead.
  • Turtling is so awesome right now and you know someone on the Canucks is ready to goad a Flyer into his shell. Kenins? Henrik? Shorty? Im giving 2-1 odds.
  • With Zack Kassian’s ejection on Saturday, there was word he may see a possible automatic 3 game suspension. That hasn’t come to pass, but Kassian is rolling as of late and he could really benefit from a big game against the Flyers. 
  • The Sedins are due for a “Sedinery” game again, so Philly seems like a good opponent for that. Make Quinn proud boys! Three points combined in the last five games is, in simple terms, “not good”. Sure Willie D will go on record and say they’re “real good” but we need better than real good or played really well.
  • Eddie Lack wants you to design his new setup and Ryan Miller already has the winner. Find out if Eddie is rocking this package when the puck drops:

MY TAKE

Here’s what matters: two points are two points and quite frankly the Canucks have to man up and consistently beat these bottom seeds. Philly has been roughed up over the last month and the Canucks need to take advantage of that. Pat Quinn gets honoured so a big win will be amplified. A good irish donnybrook would make the old man proud if they have it in them. It IS the Flyers after all.

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  • Brent

    Always tough for the home team to get it going after an emotional presentation like this one. Lets hope they come out focused and ready to go. Jump on them early.

  • Ruprecht

    This might be a good game for our PP to show up and make a difference. Also, if we take as many dumb penalties as we did against the Leafs the Flyers will make us pay. They have way more net front presence and skill on their PP.

    Also, since you didn’t mention them, I’ve got Mason and Lack as probable starters as per the interwebs. Goalies are important.

  • Ruprecht

    Some more classic NHL scheduling

    This will be the Flyers’ 5th game in 8 nights and 3rd game in 4. Going coast to coast on a 3 games in 4 nights stretch is almost unheard of.

    Since March 10th they’ve gone Philadelphia to StL back to Philly to Ottawa to Vancouver.

    Perhaps some sportsaction is in order.