CANUCKS ARMY GDT# 59 – CANUCKS VS. FLAMES

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It’s the nightcap for Hockey Day in Canada as the Canucks battle the Flames for two very valuable points in the standings. Calgary took to Vancouver the last time they met with the Flames earning a 3-1 victory one night after getting beat 4-2 by the Canucks. 

Two teams heading in different directions, it would be wise for Vancouver to throw it into overdrive to at the very least, play spoiler.

Regardless, it’s the Canucks versus the Flames and it should be a good one.

LINE COMBOS

Healthy bodies give the Canucks a chance and with Bo Horvat’s hot streak, he needs to be in the lineup for the Canucks to stick around. We haven’t seen any lineup changes so once again, this squad will have to fight with what they have.

Ryan Miller no doubt is your starter. 

Vancouver Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

Kris Versteeg practiced on the top line with Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau. Troy Brouwer is on a line with Sam Bennett and Vancouver’s favourite son, Micheal Ferland. As far as I can tell, Dion Phaneuf will not be in the lineup tonight. Oh, and some guy named Matt Bartkowski may play as well. I hear his family is a real riot! 

Brian Elliott looks like the starter this evening.

Calgary Flames lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

GAME NOTES, STATS, AND OTHER INTERESTING INFO

  • I still can’t fathom how a few wins put the Canucks in a playoff position. As of today, the Flames hold down the eighth spot but knowing Calgary that probably won’t last too long. Willie Desjardins’ boys have fooled us a few times this season so it wouldn’t be the worst thing to do it a few more times.
  • Bo Horvat is 2 points away from the top 50. Considering how this season has gone, that’s worth talking about. He’s 49th in goals and as his career continues that number will grow. Horvat has at least a point in 7 of his last 10 games and he was out for one of them. Bo is the future.
  • Bringing up the power play isn’t exactly new. It’s not really even worth talking about because the Canucks aren’t a fast or elusive enough team to draw them. In the 12 opportunities they’ve had to score a goal a man up, Vancouver has notched one goal. Five on five isn’t exactly a treat either.
  • As the trade deadline looms, the obvious names have been factoring in and Alex Burrows is definitely the guy to watch against the Flames. Burrows isn’t a world-beater but his peskiness will most likely be key.
  • Troy Stecher was getting the puck on net a lot earlier this year but now it’s more of a wrist shot approach and he hasn’t been hitting goalies as much. With 100 shots, he still has done well in his rookie campaign but the Canucks will need to see more from him on the back end.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Absolutely NOTHING to do with tonight’s game but a very important part of Canucks history.

MY TAKE

Canucks win. I don’t have a very good reason why I just believe it in my heart. Believe with me, won’t you?

WILL THE CANUCKS SCORE MORE THAN 2.5 GOALS TONIGHT?

It doesn’t pay out a ton if they do, pick the under. As for Henrik Sedin getting two shots tonight, 1.75 payout if you’re right. Go with Hank.