CANUCKS ARMY GDT# 11 – CANUCKS @ SENATORS

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Everyone wanted goals. Heck, they wanted shots. The shots came in Montreal last night, a whole lot of ’em. 42 to be exact. The Canucks did. not. score. at. all. I’m beginning to think this team is some kind of snake bitten. They’ve played pretty well in a handful of games but the puck just isn’t going in for them. Vancouver will play its second game in as many nights versus a Senators team that beat out the Hurricanes back on Tuesday.

The Canucks need a spark and there has to be a win hidden in this road trip somewhere, maybe that’s tonight?

BROADCAST INFO

TV: SNET-VAN, TSN5 (seriously, TSN?)

RADIO: TSN 1040

PUCK DROP: 4:30PM

LINE COMBOS

Nikita Tryamkin has been practising with Luca Sbisa so there has to be a game soon where the big Russian finally gets his season debut.

Didn’t know Derek Dorsett was healthy enough to play yesterday so he is officially back. Welcome back? Willie Desjardins has sure been confusing with how he’s set this team up line by line but then you look at the results and the confusion goes away.

Jacob Markstrom should start tonight as Ryan Miller was put to the test yesterday.

Vancouver Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

Ryan Dzingel is back for more, I think maybe he should be covered better this time.

Mike Condon is now a Senator after being traded from Pittsburgh. Everyone by now has heard about Craig Anderson’s wife and her battle with cancer and with the possibility of him needing a leave of absence, they needed to make sure they actually had goaltenders.

Anderson should get the start tonight.

Ottawa Senators lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

GAME NOTES, STATS AND OTHER INTERESTING THINGS

  • Maybe you’ll believe this, maybe you won’t: the Canucks are dead last in goals scored. They have only managed 16 goals so far and to be honest, it kind of feels like it. It only gets tougher so just keep putting pucks on net like Don Cherry always says. He’s right some of the time, now would be a good time to flip the switch.
  • Like the goal stat, the power play is unplugged. Only the Boston Bruins are operating at a worse clip, 6.3% to the Canucks 9.1%. They’ve had chances so it’s not like they can say that part of their game isn’t tested.
  • Loui Eriksson needs to be with Bo Horvat. Horvat is a playmaking centre and Brandon Sutter, although hard working, isn’t the guy for Loui. Don’t change things up just yet, but if Willie is indeed on the hot seat, he’ll need to have answers soon.
  • Even though Henrik and Daniel Sedin are looked at to be the leaders on the score sheet as well as everywhere else, the start of their season has looked like a shell of it’s former self. Again, this may all be a big slump but even the Sedins don’t look like things are turning around.
  • The Cubs won the World Series last night, I wonder how long it will take the Canucks? For you know, the Stanley Cup… not the World Series.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

We all needed a laugh. This is that laugh.

MY TAKE

Considering the Canucks outshot the Canadiens last night by almost double, you’d think there would be goals to talk about today. I don’t have any clever Mike Duffy jokes left and the Senators did just play the Canucks a week ago so aside from the Canucks still losing, goals really are where they should start their concerns. How long until Nolan Patrick?

WILL THE CANUCKS WIN?

Nope.

  • Not Dressed For Tonight's Game

    I think I agree with a couple of the writers at CA that they should try Loui with Horvat.

    It pains me to say this but I also think that it is time to put Virtanen down to the AHL for further development.

  • JuiceBox

    Swap Eriksson and Virtanen, Sbisa for Tryamkin, and Larssen for Stetcher and they might be on to something.

    They can’t keep shooting at a 5% clip at 5-on-5, it’s just not sustainable. They are snake bitten and need just a couple to go in because that monkey isn’t getting any lighter.

    I don’t mind the loses if they play like they did last night and if they continue to play determined like they did against Montreal they should score a bunch and win some games.

  • Bud Poile

    42 shot efforts deserve some admiration and respect.

    Not sure how much harder they can play or more they can give.

    Tonight will be a letdown for some vets. Let’s hope some young guns wake up from their road to Utica.

  • Suzycue123

    Heard this funny tidbit this morning on 1040:

    “The Canucks don’t need a 20 goal scorer, they just need a GOAL – SCORER. ”

    Another shutout maybe?

    Think so.

    • Bud Poile

      Suzy the troll from Deadmonton.

      You know,that barren tundra of a so-called city that has enjoyed three playoff appearances in the last 16 seasons.

      Would you like me to count the number of shutouts that your beloved team blessed their fans with over that period of time?

      Thought so.

  • This is awful, I feel like an Oiler.

    Canucks are playing well. How do we fix this? How is it possible that everyone is snake bitten at the same time? There really is no answer. Keep going, keep trying, and patience.

    On the plus side, I like Tryamkin. He may have pulled a Kyle Wellwood this summer, but he has so much to offer. Happy to have him back.