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CANUCKS ARMY PRESEASON GDT I – CANUCKS @ KINGS

Welcome back Canucks fans!

It’s been a really long offseason, and despite this game holding almost no significant value to many of us, here we are talking Canucks hockey! This will be the first glimpse at a few new faces (Scottie Upshall, Michael Del Zotto) and a few we forgot about (Derek Dorsett, Carter Bancks). The Canucks travel to Los Angeles to take on the Kings and maybe just maybe catch a glimpse of Pat Sajak.

There is a small chance this one will be entertaining, so we invite you to hang out with us for a few hours, converse on the Twitters, and ready yourselves for the best Canucks season ever.

My lying is in midseason form already!

THE MANY WAYS TO FOLLOW ALONG

TV: SN360 (DAZN??? Who cares they were awful for NFL)

RADIO: SNET 650

PUCK DROP: 2:00 PM

 

LINES AND EXCITING PLAYER INFO

Not a bad lineup to start the preseason if you ask me. Even though it’s exhibition, the Kings could see some force from guys like Jake Virtanen, Erik Gudbranson, and Scottie Upshall.

Vancouver Canucks lines courtesy of Jeff Paterson:

Scottie Upshall – Bo Horvat – Nikolay Goldobin

Sven Baertschi – Alex Burmistrov – Brock Boeser

Reid Boucher – Markus Granlund – Derek Dorsett

Carter Bancks – Ryan White – Jake Virtanen

Michael Del Zotto – Erik Gudbranson

Philip Holm – Alex Biega

Andrey Pedan – Troy Stecher

Guillaume Brisebois – Evan McEneny

Jacob Markstrom

 

Los Angeles Kings lines courtesy of… no one:

There were no posted lines as of my writing this.

WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO

  • Canucks hockey. We all hate to admit it but there is some talent there worth watching, and it might take actual games for Brock Boeser to stop hitting the posts and put the puck in the net. His Young Stars weekend was filled with them from what I hear.
  • Getting a hate on for the Kings during regular daylight hours; the China trip is coming up, and for those brave souls bold enough to stay up for those games, most of us are fine with just seeing hockey in the afternoon and not pitted against late night blender infomercials.
  • Derek Dorsett back in a Canucks uniform, healthy. There may be still a lot left in the tank for Dorsett, and if he can bring his tough game, he might just be able to create some space for his linemates.
  • Nikolay Goldobin putting on a show. He’ll have a tough task ahead of him as his spot is most likely a bubble one. We’ve seen PTO guys make the Canucks so even a stud prospect isn’t safe on this team.
  • Endless new Sportsnet hockey promos

MY TAKE

After two years, Jake Virtanen returns to deliver a “murder” for the ages. This is what we can all hope for.

ONE REALLY GOOD TWEET FROM THE OTHER GUYS

SCORE PREDICTION

This might be my favourite part this year. I’m never right and when I am it’s not all that gratifying so what the heck. Canucks win an eventful one today 3-2. We also talk about why Jake Virtanen is again relevant after this one.

  • Doodly Doot

    Now that is a refreshingly different Canucks lineup. This might be the most fun preseason in years. Each line has a new look pairing that will be interesting to watch. Especially that 4th line.

  • Steamer

    Just glad to hear sounds of life coming from CA – been pretty quiet for the training camp period. I remember Barry Wilkins scoring Van’s first NHL goal against the Kings, so I’m gonna call Evan McEneny for the Canucks winner this afternoon & suggest Burmistrov will be worth the watch. Thanks 94!

  • It’s great to have hockey back.

    I find it surprising that Upshall is here on a PTO. I think he’s here to stay.

    Fresh new line combinations. Thanks to Jeff Paterson for posting these and I hope he continues to do so. Daily faceoff should take the back seat.

    I foresee good things today from Upshall, Virtanen, Gudbranson, and Pedan.

  • This roster may be mostly depth players, but its nice to see that they’re all players you could reasonably see playing on an NHL roster. It’s frustrating to see preseason rosters made up of players you know will *never* make the big club and are just there to be warm bodies for the preseason.

    • Silverback

      Why all the hate for Dorsett? Maybe just sprinkle your comments with fairy dust and candy and perhaps you might just drive him away. The guy just came off a career threatening and life altering surgery after giving his all to the team. Whether you agree with what he brings to the team or not, maybe you should show the guy some respect.