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CANUCKS ARMY GDT 4 – CANUCKS VS. FLAMES (HNIC)

The Canucks are coming off of an entertaining yet disappointing loss to the Jets a few nights ago while the Flames are in town after playing the Senators last night and having their lunch handed to them. It’s the first regular-season matchup between Vancouver and Calgary, and we could be in for a doozy.

Apparently, it’s alumni week at Rogers Arena as Eddie Lack is back (but apparently not in net) for the Flames. Poor, poor Eddie.

Let’s do this!

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE-OFF

TV: SN1, CITY (HNIC GAME #2)

RADIO: SN650

PUCK DROP: 7:00 PM (Or whenever the Leafs shootout ends)

LINE COMBINATIONS

Trying to guess what Canucks head coach Travis Green has up his sleeve is proving to be an adventure in and of itself. It seems like there will be a rotating cast of healthy scratches, and tonight’s lineup proves as much. Alexander Burmistrov is back in the Canucks lineup after missing Thursday night’s tilt and Jake Virtanen is out. Alexander Edler is also out with injury, and Derrick Pouliot is making his Canucks debut.

Jacob Markstrom should get the start.

Vancouver Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

 

There is a decent chance the Flames will play better than they did last night against the Senators after getting waxed 6-0.

Eddie Lack is the projected starter. Tacos for everyone! Mike Smith is once again in net. Lowercase hooray.

Calgary Flames lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • Brock Boeser can’t be retaken out of the lineup, can he? His presence has been pretty evident and now that Canucks nation has seen their hero and he’s delivered, how can Travis Green pull him? He’ll be tested again, and the Flames will have high flyers as well that will match up. Time to see what Brock can do.
  • Analyzing goals and assists three games into the season isn’t going to tell you much, but Loui Eriksson is being judged on these statistics. He’s being judged on pretty much everything and nothing at the same time. He’s been invisible so far including the preseason so anything less than being a plus on the ice when the Canucks score will induce extreme judgment. This is turning into one expensive mistake. Brandon Sutter is looking like a deal… Brandon Sutter.
  • Early on, points are coming from unlikely sources. Chris Tanev is currently 2nd on the Canucks with a P/60 of 2.56 at 5v5. Henrik Sedin leads Tanev by 1.30 which is impressive in itself, but after all the talk of #TradeTanev and the TTC, maybe a new hashtag should be started to find out if any team can #TameTanev?
  • Sam Gagner had a lot to offer on the PP last game, and with a little less traffic in front, his shots may start finding the back of the net. He’s getting the looks, and the puck continues to find him, so Gagner needs to find ways to get off a clean shot or work on an approach through traffic. Already so much better than Jayson Megna.
  • Jaromir Jagr is a Calgary Flame. If he’s in the lineup, he’ll find a way to have a three-point night. Typical things that happen in Vancouver.

THE TWITTER TAKE

MY 94 CENTS

Jacob Markstrom is the rightful man between the pipes for the Canucks; he’s earned it. What he needs to improve is taking a knee. No nothing related to the anthem protests, the drop down when any shooter gets in close. It was predictable against the Senators and the Jets, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Flames first goal if there is one, goes passed an ACL challenged Markstrom.

OVER/UNDER

Eddie Lack taco mentions (+/- 2)        This is Hockey Night in Canada, but I could see this one getting a push. Lack has taken the taco brand nationally.

Sedin’s avg ice time (+/- 14:59)          Take the over on this. Puck possession might take over, and if the Canucks get a lead, Henrik and Daniel will be in shutdown mode.

  • Mike Smith is playing back to back games, after that stinker last Night?

    Well, it’s game day. A win tonight would go a long way to setting up our road trip next week. You know, leave on a positive note. A loss however, I think turns Travis Green into the new “no fun zone”.

    I expect a physical Flames team with lots of jump. I bet Brian Burke had something to say to his guys after last night. Probably something to do with driving people to the airport.
    Should be a good one.

      • Dirk22

        He’s essentially saying he’d rather finish just out of the playoffs because then like the flyers they could possibly win the lottery from that position.

        In related news, he also feels that if you flipped a quarter to land tails 9 times in a row, there’s a better than 50% chance of the next flip landing hands.

        This guy makes millions of dollars.

        • Freud

          I was hoping Benning was planning on flipping the likes of Vanek, Gagner, Del Zotto at the deadline for future prospects. But this sounds more like we’re back in compete mode at if they’re in a battle of 10th no one is getting flipped. Benning has no clue how laws of probability work?

    • Locust

      Benning (and rightfully so) is saying that ‘tanking’ and screwing over real fans and players is not worth the approx. 20% chance you get at first overall draft pick.
      You were probably thinking he was taking a shot at fanboy bandcamp statsnerds but not so. That is my job.
      Now put your onesie on, have mom make you some KD and try and stay up till 7:00 so you can actually watch a game for once.

    • fretallack

      Just because he didnt state his case like a lawyer doesnt mean Benning is retarded. Major counter point is (as Rintoul said in his comments) that finishig low assures you a good pick floor. But then again, you’re not often going to get a generational player picking 5th.

  • Confused Canuck

    I’m confused. After the Winnipeg game showed us that 30 per cent of the seats were empty for an all-Canadian tilt, why have the owners not stepped in to stop the rot?

    Why did they not sign Jagr on a one year one mill contract? The Flames are making a mint off 68 already and are all over the media with this living legend on their roster. His last full season in FLA yielded more points than either Sedin and what a great role model for the young players.

    I’m also confused as to why Jim Benning is still in a job after masterminding this current on ice product that no one wants to see in Vancouver. Where are the stars and winning team that Vancouverites were used to seeing during previous management. Why is Dim Jim not being held accountable? This is absurd… isn’t it?

    • Bud Poile

      Confused Troll,
      If ownership was going to cut the rot he/they would have acknowledged the next to zero prospects in the .org, ten ageing vets on NTC’s and no succession plan in the empty mind of Gillis .