CANUCKS ARMY GDT# 21 – CANUCKS @ STARS

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The rush of beating the Coyotes is still fresh, and the Canucks take that momentum into Dallas to face the equally lowly Stars.

A few interesting things have happened since the Canucks last played: Vancouver started their Black Friday deals early by signing Ben Hutton to a 2-year deal, and Philip Larsen is apparently getting back into the lineup (soon). The Stars will want to redeem themselves after blowing a lead in Vancouver the last time these teams played. You remember it well, Troy Stecher with the self-pass and the Stecher-bomb to tie it regulation. Your boy Markus Granlund ended it in OT, and that was it.

Vancouver is only 3 points back of Dallas, so this is a pivotal matchup that could put them in sniffing distance.

If not, there’s always a moral victory to be had.

BROADCAST INFO

TV: SNET-P

RADIO: TSN 1040

PUCK DROP: 5:30 PM

LINE COMBOS

No big changes. Jack Skille might make it back, but a winning lineup usually goes untouched.

Ryan Miller will start this one with Jacob Markstrom going tomorrow.

Vancouver Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

Jiri Hudler practiced yesterday with the Stars but isn’t ready to return yet. 

Antti Niemi should start.

Dallas Stars lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

GAME NOTES, STATS AND OTHER INTERESTING INFO

  • Bo Horvat is tied for the team lead in points at 13. That’s pretty great. His linemates Sven Baertschi and Alex Burrows work just fine, and even they have been rewarded with some points too! That contract can’t be too far behind either.
  • Ryan Miller gets another shot at the Stars today, and he’s been good in the immediate past. However, his three wins in his last ten starts speak more to the lack of goal scoring up front. The season is still early; Miller can bounce back.
  • I hate the last five game stat, but Sven Baertschi has 6 points, half of them on Wednesday, in his last five and he could feast on a shaky Stars squad. I’m saying he does because I like predicting things.
  • Things LOOK like they’re going Luca Sbisa’s way these days, his 101.6 PDO suggests that as well. He might finally be able to hand in his Dominos car topper.
  • Big problems ahead: if and when Philip Larsen comes back, what does that mean for Troy Stecher? I don’t have anything after that, and I’m just scared.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Next up: Bo

MY TAKE

Vancouver is pretty bad, the stats say so, but they won’t lose every night, and they proved to the Stars last game that you couldn’t count them out until it’s over. The Sedin’s might have a big night so watch out for them. 

WILL BO HORVAT CONTINUE HIS TORRID PACE TONIGHT?

This IS a Canucks preview, right? Of course, he does. The Stars are about as awful as the Canucks so for a guy like Horvat, this one should be easy as pie. Two points for the young star Canuck.

  • DSP

    I’m ready to watch tonight! Let’s see if the “Killer B’s” line will be as hot tonight as they were in Arizona!

    The line juggling has given us 3 good scoring lines at the moment with Granlund and Erikkson showing great chemistry together, and our 4th line has played a great shutdown game lead bye Gaunce. Let’s keep this rolling boys!

  • Charlie Allnut

    Solid feeling with Miller in net. Just ridiculous that the lumpen punters keep on denigrating this guy. All this harping on his age and supposed deterioration annoys me. Yes he is getting somewhat long in the tooth, but historically goalies can continue to play at a high level long into their careers, so long as they are not over played. He is still a premium performer given the chance. Worth every cent of his contract. So there. Away with you churlish rabble! Back to your filthy hay beds.

  • JuiceBox

    I’m pretty level-headed when it comes to line-up decisions but if Stetcher comes out in favor of Larsen I might actually go flip a car. Things are working and improving right now and there is no need to rock the boat. Larsen needs to be waived and sent to Utica as soon as he is healthy.

    • Dirty30

      Other than flipping the car, I agree with you. Either waive Larsen or trade him.

      Unless there is some super-secret deal in the works for moving Edler, Tanev or Gudbranson, Larsen isn’t doing much that Stecher isn’t doing better.

      He is he odd man out on D and there’s not a lot of reason to keep him.

  • Bud Poile

    Let’s hope Baertschi is back soon.

    I see Dallas has one more win than Vancouver.

    Since Nill,Ruff,Fraser and Patrick are all experienced and successful at the NHL level I wonder if their media/fan base still continuously calls for their heads for being incompetent?

  • Rodeobill

    Feels like last year, only this year the injury bug has hit forwards instead of the D. I am OK to sit Stech for a game or two, but just to give him a break a bit and keep him fresh, then he needs back in. I dont want to jinx it, but Spisa has looked good out there, haven’t slapped my head in a few games now. Miller is clearly our number one and is deserving of it. I wonder the impact of Rollie Melanson being around on Markstrom. It would seem to have impacted Lack’s performance, maybe Markstom too?