The games are getting few in the preseason, but Canucks fans are rejoicing because they get to see 90% of what the opening night roster will resemble. There are some changes to be made still, but for players like Brock Boeser and Jake Virtanen, these games are the culmination of their work since training camp began. The Sedins/Eriksson experiment seems to have surfaced again, and with better line deployment, it could actually work this time.

Time will tell.


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A healthy Derek Dorsett and a PTO-motivated Scottie Upshall will have something to prove tonight as do the remaining prospects still hanging around.

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Vancouver Canucks lines via Brendan Batchelor

Sven Baertschi – Markus Granlund – Brock Boeser

Sam Gagner – Alex Burmistrov – Jake Virtanen

Scottie Upshall – Brandon Sutter – Derek Dorsett

Darren Archibald – Michael Chaput – Jayson Megna

Michael Del Zotto – Troy Stecher

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Andrey Pedan – Chris Tanev

Patrich Wiercoch – Alex Biega

Anders Nilsson


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Aside from Micheal Ferland, that top line for Calgary is something fierce. It, unfortunately, continues down the lineup and even in preseason, the Canucks are in tough tonight.

Calgary Flames lines via Flames.com

Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk – Mikael Backlund – Michael Frolik

Kris Versteeg – Sam Bennett – Troy Brouwer

Tanner Glass – Matt Stajan – Freddie Hamilton

Mark Giordano – Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie – Travis Hamonic

Brett Kulak – Rasmus Andersson

Mike Smith



  • Mike Smith gets lit up early, run by Upshall and blows a gasket. 82% chance this happens.
  • Now that Brock Boeser has legitimate linemates, the writing is on the wall that he puts up a goal or two this evening. Against Smith, even more likely. Travis Green will get to see the next big thing go H.A.M on the Flames. 69% chance of happening.
  • Chris Tanev somehow has a slapshot again so it should be noted this may come up during the game. It’s a great shot when he has time and space, but those are two things he probably won’t have a ton of against the Flames. He has the hulking Andrey Pedan as his partner so don’t count out Tanev. 50% chance of this happening.
  • Calgary and Vancouver DO. NOT. LIKE. EACH. OTHER. It’s possible something ignites, and a bit of a slobberknocker ensues. Both teams have a few candidates to dust off the mitts. I like the Canucks chances on this. 89% chance of this happening.


Counterfeit is in our nature. That would be my take.


The Sedins shouldn’t be the top line anymore. Unfortunately, Bo Horvat won’t play tonight so that can’t fully come to fruition. It will be interesting to see what Brock Boeser does with a few more “mature” linemates. Markus Granlund could end up being an excellent fit there, and like the handful of articles that were written last season, Loui Eriksson might be a fit up front still.


THIS JUST IN… Canucks 5, Flames 2

Could be the final score, maybe make a ticket?


  • wojohowitz

    Tweet from JPat. Kevin Allen predicts 75 points and a 29th place finish. A year ago he predicted 65 points and everyone got upset. My prediction is 89 points (up 20 points) and a 20th place in the standings based on nothing but a different coach.

  • Steamer

    Mea culpa dept: somehow missed Archibald’s presence – now no doubt about this game’s intensity – hope the big guy has a good showing, he had a great year in Utica & is a very, very unpleasant check.

  • Killer Marmot

    The “Tre Kronor” idea was a good one that didn’t pan out in practice. It’s worth another shot in the preseason, but as the second, not first, line.

    • defenceman factory

      Tkachuk can’t skate, Virtanen murders him and Tkachuk takes stupid penalty when Virtanen won’t drop the gloves. Tkachuk loses his mind, forgets about the game, skates around trying to hit people, takes another penalty, takes an instigator for his 3rd penalty before getting beat up by Pedan then gets benched. At least that’s what would happen if I could write the script.

  • Steamer

    Thanks #94 – Eriksson is on the Canucks? What’s with all the percentages – new metric? Too bad no Archibald – his kind of game – but Pedan & Ferland could be a card. Has Sutter figured out what comes after the 4th line?

  • Upshall – Sutter – Dorsett That’s a formidable fourth line.

    Eriksson – Gagner – Vanek Killer third line. A third line that can score.

    Sedin – Sedin – Granlund Excellent second line. Granlund fits with the twins, it worked before and will again.

    Baertschi – Horvat – Boeser NHL caliber first line. Fast and skilled.

    Virtanen Thirteenth forward. Rotate him in and out of the lineup.

      • apr

        My fourth line would be Virtanen-Sutter-Archibald. And Dorsett as my everyday press box guy. I don’t think Burmitsov has done enough to warrant a guaranteed spot; and Rodin needs more practice in a North American rink and will be my first call up. I have no idea why Green just doesn’t send Megna and Chaput to Utica.

  • truthseeker

    So let’s use some short sighted sky is falling self loathing Tkachuk loving canuck “fan” logic about said player…

    Tkachuk is brutal. A minus 2. A total failure. What a complete bust. Can’t even compete against a canuck team missing most of it’s better players. Thankfully we took the best defensive prospect in that years draft over the wasted pick that he is. Cheap shot artist, disappears in the playoffs weak 14 goal scorer. complete bust of a pick.

    Meanwhile Virtanen looks pretty good doesn’t he? Going to be very tough keeping him off the team to start the season. In fact, I’d say he’s made it.