CANUCKS ARMY GDT# 61 – CANUCKS VS. SHARKS (MUMPS EDITION)

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The Canucks are back from their bye week and it’s worse than when they left. Things were slightly rosier last weekend but now the Canucks sit nine points back of the 8th place Predators and Blues. Obviously, the San Jose Sharks are ready for the boys in blue and they’ll have an easier time tonight with approximately 1/3 of the Canucks lineup in quarantine.

Something about the mumps?

LINE COMBOS

It’s been a week and DFO is absolutely on top of the lines for the game. Thankfully, Jeff Paterson has the goods:

I’m not sure why everyone was so worked up about Jordan Subban not getting in the lineup, the 4th player flies free. People just needed to wait for the 5 o clock news.

Ryan Miller gets the net tonight.

Vancouver Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com and Anti-Vaccine Activists:

Defensive Pairings
Alexander Edler 
Alexander Edler
Troy Stecher 
Troy Stecher
Luca Sbisa 
Luca Sbisa
Chris Tanev 
Chris Tanev
Ben Hutton 
Ben Hutton
Nikita Tryamkin 
Nikita Tryamkin

The news is really boring on the Sharks side of the rink. They’re winning, lead the Pacific division and Joe Thornton is two assists shy of 1000 (somebody eats Hamburger Helper). Up and down this lineup, the Sharks are dangerous, as are real sharks, as are mumps.

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Martin Jones should get the start.

San Jose Sharks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

Defensive Pairings
Paul Martin 
Paul Martin
Brent Burns 
Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic 
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Justin Braun 
Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon 
Brenden Dillon
David Schlemko 
David Schlemko

GAME NOTES, STATS, AND OTHER INTERESTING INFO

  • As you read above, the Canucks are nine points back of the playoffs. There’s a small chance they could tough this all out and become the story of the year but we’ve all seen enough Canucks hockey in our time to know a high draft pick is more likely.
  • Assuming you’ve lived under a rock, the Canucks have the mumps. Here is an interesting page that gets you up to speed (LINK)
  • Jannik Hansen is the biggest trade chip the Canucks have and he is healthy. Despite all the mayhem going on around the team, if Vancouver has anything to gain, it would be a night of Sedinery and Hansen. 
  • Apparently, Joe Thornton is two assists away from 1000 and with the down and out Canucks adding the “mumps” to their problems, expect him to hit 1001.
  • Evan McEneny may just play in his first ever NHL game. He’s done well in Utica lately and loves to shoot the puck. McEneny is 5th on the Comets in shots, just a few behind Jordan Subban. Maybe this becomes a future stud pairing in Vancouver?

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

This one is serious, everyone.

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MY TAKE

The hilarious thing in all of this may be that much of this lineup is the future of the Canucks. You wanted Jordan Subban, you got Jordan Subban. I know I’ve been waiting for Evan McEneny to get to the NHL so everything is coming up Millhouse in Vancouver. It could very well be a blood bath tonight but we’ll all be watching. I sure hope they don’t cough up the lead too early or the Sharks could really suffocate the Canucks.

ARE THE PLAYOFFS EVEN POSSIBLE ANYMORE?

No. It’s over. 



  • Silverback

    The mumps timing couldn’t be better. A glorious opportunity to see what the future of this Canucks team has to offer. I believe we will be a bottom 5 team in the draft, at this stage the team would be chasing it’s tail trying to compete for the playoffs, and should focus on playing the youngsters to give some NHL experience, as you could not afford it at the beginning of the season.
    Aim for that #1 pick, the draft gets me more excited than how many more wins we get at this stage.
    San Jose will win tonight. My favourite for the Western conference, not that I like them.

  • Peezy F

    Always have to find the silver lining, if boucher was 6th dman, we will get to see subban or mceneny playing with hutton tonight. Excited to see what either can bring in their opportunity. 4th line will be Grenier, Labate and Boucher by the sounds of it.

  • TheRealPB

    This would be laughable if it weren’t the Canucks and we didn’t most likely see our three most valuable assets (from a trade deadline point of view) get injured in this meaningless throwaway game. Why can’t we have nice things? I wish there was a quarantine in effect for Hansen, Miller and Burrows but that would mean that we would in fact ice the Utica Comets for the game. Hilarity, except for anyone who shelled out actual cash for this game.