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CANUCKS ARMY GDT# 75 – CANUCKS @ JETS

Riding high after a huge win over the Wild, the Canucks go north to take on the Winnipeg Jets for Hometown Hockey. Neither the Jets nor Canucks will make the playoffs this year so it will be a straight up Smythe Division showdown tonight. The hype has obviously died down since Brock Boeser made his debut yesterday so it should be business as usual.

Just another kid living out his dream.

LINE COMBOS

Jack Skille is out for an indefinite amount of time after bending his knee in a not so nice way. My guess is Alex Biega is in but we’ll find out today what the official announcement is.

Ryan Miller will start, bless his heart.

Vancouver Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

 

The Jets are without a handful of notables: Tyler Myers, Tobias Enstrom, Shawn Matthias and Marko Dano. This isn’t exactly a walk in the park for either team but it would be nice, I’m sure, to have those guys in the lineup for Winnipeg.

Michael Hutchinson looks to start but I was wrong yesterday so who knows?

Winnipeg Jets lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

 

GAME NOTES, STATS, AND OTHER INTERESTING INFO (WHICH MAY INCLUDE BROCK BOESER)

  • This is the third and final meeting between the two teams and it isn’t unreasonable to expect a similar finish to the previous two: both games ended 4-1, one for the Canucks and one for the Jets. Considering some of the names involved tonight (Boeser, Boucher, Horvat, Laine, Ehlers, Chaput) we could easily see that final score yet again.
  • Christmas came a bit late yesterday for the Canucks. With the addition of Brock Boeser, Vancouver gets a sniper that is ready to contribute. We all saw how impressive he was and what he can bring to this team. Jim Benning might get to keep his job a lot longer than we once thought.
  • What is the deal with Reid Boucher? Two goals against the Wild yesterday puts his total at 5 goals in 19 games. A young kid with the same kind of determination that Jack Skille started with this past fall and he has a shot that should get him way more ice time than he has. I don’t think anyone expected the team to look like this when it all started back in September.
  • Horvat had two assists yesterday and his personal numbers may climb steadily in the last stretch of the season; call it the Boeser Effect.
  • The Killer B’s is an unoriginal nickname for a line but we saw a brief glimpse of how deadly they could be. All three players (Bo, Boeser, Baertschi) had points in the game yesterday and I don’t think we could handle the Twitters if it would multiply by even another game.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Feel good story, for sure.
MY TAKE

I didn’t expect to see what I saw yesterday so it’s unlikely we’ll see two amazing Canucks games in a row. That being said, there is much reason to watch every game here on out as the team landscape has changed. I’m ok with whatever rebuild the Canucks put our way if it means they keep a good portion of this team together.

I take the Canucks in regulation. Reid Boucher scores one more.

HAVE THE CANUCKS PLAYED TOO WELL TO GET A GOOD PICK?

Well, they haven’t exactly turned the world on its side but they’re playing themselves out of a better percentage to get the first pick. We saw last year that doesn’t necessarily mean a whole lot but if Willie D plays the kids more, Vancouver can keep their hopes alive. That, or they can get the pick and parlay it into a king’s ransom.

  • wojohowitz

    So if they bring Willie back next season and he reverts to form – like more Megna and playing veterans trying to win every game – he could be gone after ten games, so maybe it makes more sense to replace him before next season starts, considering he has had three full season to adapt and has not done it. Is Willie toast or does he get one more chance?

    The gaping hole in the lineup is at center. They have to replace Henrik and Sutter. Lots of good young wingers and depth on defence but centermen is a problem.

      • wojohowitz

        …and that`s what Willie has been doing isn`t it, playing mistake free veterans with no upside, like Megna, Skille and Chaput. So how`s that working out. Can Drew Shore play center; I don`t know because he`s been used as a winger with limited minutes. Does he get a new contract? Then there`s Gaunce who played center as a junior but in Willie`s world he`s another winger getting minimal minutes. So are Gaunce and Shore the future or is it more of the same with Megna and Skille. In Willie`s world there is no room for rookies who make mistakes, or let me rephrase that; IN WILLIE`S WORLD THERE IS NO ROOM FOR ROOKIES.

        • Killer Marmot

          IN WILLIE`S WORLD THERE IS NO ROOM FOR ROOKIES.

          In the above line up, Boeser, Tryamkin, Stecher, and Hutton all played their first NHL games under Desjardins.

          • wojohowitz

            You know what would have happened if Willie refused to play Boeser – he would have been fired before the Minny game. Tryamkin missed the first ten games of the season. Was that because he was out of shape or was it because he was a rookie. Stecher spent the first month of the season in Utica because Willie preferred the more experienced Larsen. Hutton made the team because they had no depth. He was competent and the alternatives were Weber and Bartkowski. Get past the idea that Willie has done a great job developing the young players because they succeeded in spite of the coach.

            I see Clayton Keller signed today. A centerman drafted after the Canucks took Juolevi and Calgary took Tkachuk. Would he have solved the Canucks center ice problem – we will find out soon enough.

          • Killer Marmot

            Tryamkin missed the first ten games of the season. Was that because he was out of shape or was it because he was a rookie.

            It was because he was fat, reportedly at least 20 lbs overweight.

            I see Clayton Keller signed today. A centerman drafted after the Canucks took Juolevi and Calgary took Tkachuk. Would he have solved the Canucks center ice problem – we will find out soon enough.

            Desjardins doesn’t make the draft picks, Benning does.

            I don’t consider Desjardins to be the NHL’s best coach, but many of the criticisms leveled against him are getting preposterous.

            And by the way, Desjardins doesn’t make the draft picks, Benning does.

        • Steamer

          Keller likely to light ’em up – that’s his history – great centre, would have been – like Jost – a defendable 1st round pick. Canucks may have been able to ‘trade down’ for a prospect & still pick up either Jost or Keller. Juolevi may be solid, but Tkachuk should never have been passed over.

    • TD

      Willie has got more effort out of this team than I expected, the problem is that they lack talent. I don’t think another coach could have done better with this team. He has favoured some players inexplicably, but I don’t know if that made a huge difference.

      Willie will get fired because they need to sell seats and they can sell some by giving the team a new look and not selling the same thing as these past two years.

  • Moneyball

    I’m not sure if the Canucks can take the jets. The jets might still have some playoff hopes and on paper are a very talented club up front. Their defence is very much depleted but as long as the Sedins are on the top line they have nothing to be worried about.
    It would be good to see the Sedins line move to having 12 mins or under per game and the second line move up the depth chart. Man it is brutal to watch the Sedins play these days.

  • livininvic

    “Considering some of the names involved tonight (Boeser, Boucher, Horvat, Laine, Ehlers, Chaput) we could easily see that final score yet again.”

    Thanks. Now I have to clean all the coffee I spat when I laughed reading Chaput. Solid trolling.

  • Killer Marmot

    I’m surprized Boeser is in the lineup. This will be his third game in three days, and his Friday game went to double overtime.

    Perhaps he is in phenomenal shape.

  • Killer Marmot

    What is the deal with Reid Boucher? Two goals against the Wild yesterday puts his total at 5 goals in 19 games. A young kid with the same kind of determination that Jack Skille started with this past fall and he has a shot that should get him way more ice time than he has.

    The book on him is that he’s a good sniper but not a great skater or play maker. I haven’t seen enough of him to form an opinion. The goods news is that he’s 23 years old and there are a lot of excellent skating coaches
    out there.

    • Cageyvet

      From what we’ve seen so far, his playmaking is pretty good. New Jersey really didn’t want to lose him, he looks like he can contribute for sure and the potential upside is higher than many. Give this kid, and all the kids, a lot of ice time and a lot of rope, we need a team that plays creative hockey again. I’m not saying abandon structure or defense, just tilting the emphasis the right way as we add some more skill to the lineup.

  • Ronning4ever

    “Jim Benning might get to keep his job a lot longer than we once thought.” I remain baffled by this sentiment from CA. JD Burke outlined what he would do (generally) if he was armchair manager and I can’t help but think it’s not that far from what GMJB has actually done.

    The team has now twice in a row pushed for the playoffs and then tanked after the deadline…the right move to make IMHO for all involved. He’s made really solid trades, drafted well (especially compared to previous regimes) and made some great calls on the waiver wire.

    This team’s Achilles heel (for years as far as I’m concerned) is the defence. Benning has done what he can, and not very well, but it’s a hard shoe to fill right now. Just ask Edmonton.

  • Steamer

    NEVER want players who are happy about losing, so no thanks for the tank – unless of course, huge effort goes for naught due to fluke goals against:) In fact, the lottery is, well – a lottery; can finish dead last & still lose 1st overall pick – go to the draft simulator & run it through 10 x – Colorado & Arizona are no locks for even top 3. Funny how some players
    – say Reid Boucher – have to ‘learn the systems’ before they can suit-up, while other players – say Shore, Boeser – can just step right in – just sayin’. If Eriksson out for season, then only 410 games to go on Benning’s ‘anchor-deal’.

    • Killer Marmot

      Reid Boucher – have to ‘learn the systems’ before they can suit-up, while other players – say Shore, Boeser – can just step right in – just sayin’. If Eriksson out for season, then only 410 games to go on Benning’s ‘anchor-deal’.

      Boucher was brought in when the Canucks’ playoff hopes were still alive. Shore and Boeser weren’t. That could well be the reason why they were treated differently.