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CANUCKSARMY GDT 10 – CANUCKS VS. CAPITALS

The Canucks return home to face the ever-popular Washington Capitals and some guy named Alex Ovechkin. The road trip was a big success regardless of who they played, and players like Jake Virtanen and Derek Dorsett have made the Canucks a more physical team that opposing clubs will have to respect a bit more. This will be the Capitals only game at Rogers Arena this season and it no doubt will be a big draw for fans.

Washington is playing .500 hockey to start the year, so if the Canucks play a solid game, they might have a shot to pull an upset.

Let’s do this!

WATCH / LISTEN / PUCK-DROP

TV: SNET-P

RADIO: SN650

PUCK DROP: 7:00 PM

LINE COMBINATIONS

Jake Virtanen has found a home with the Sedins on the *top line for the Canucks, and he’s making the most of his opportunity. The Triple B line (you know who they are) will get their first real test against one of the elite teams in the NHL. Same can be said for Derek Dorsett, Brandon Sutter, and Markus Granlund. Shutting down Alex Ovechkin will be no easy task.

If Sam Gagner doesn’t start putting something together, where does his immediate future lie? Is Nikolay Goldobin a call-up then?

Jacob Markstrom could start, but honestly, what do I know?

Vancouver Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

 

Andre Burakovsky, Matt Niskanen, and Tyler Graovac are all out for the Capitals. Chandler Stephenson has been recalled from Hershey. Former Kelowna Rocket (you knew this was coming) Madison Bowey will play his first ever game against the Vancouver Canucks. He’s a QB on the power play, and you’ll be hearing his name soon enough.

Brayden Holtby will test his luck against the powerhouse Canucks squad.

Washington Capitals lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

WHAT TO WATCH FOR 

  • Canucks special teams have been a talking point lately and tonight will be no different. In the last three meetings between these two teams, the Canucks are 3/11 with the man-advantage for a tidy 27.3% Look for Travis Green to take some chances if they go a man up.
  • Brock Boeser is currently in a one-game point slump, but the bigger news is that he hasn’t scored a goal since the first game of the Eastern road trip. Brock has had opportunities to score, but a team like the Capitals could bring out the best in him.
  • It’s game ten, and the Sedins still lead the Canucks in CF% at five-on-five. Henrik with 58.97 and Daniel with 57.89, these guys are still quite valuable when they step on the ice. Feel like this has been said already, but they are.
  • Capitals centres Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeni Kuznetsov both have 12 points going into this game with Alex Ovechkin a point behind with 11. Keep on eye on these guys if you can, but the bigger thing to watch is how often defensemen like Michael Del Zotto and Erik Gudbranson get burned.
  • An ailing defence might start to catch up to the Canucks, but for Ben Hutton, he needs to get back to the things that made him a star just over a year ago. Hutton is 2nd last in P/60 with 0.3 on the Canucks this season with only one assist to his name. Green is going to need his back end to step up if they are going to weather the storm early.

THE TWITTER TAKE

MY 94 CENTS

The Canucks haven’t beat the Capitals at home since 2014 which isn’t really that long considering they only play here once a year but getting a W over the Caps is a big deal for this team and will give the Canucks the test they need to find out where they stand early on. I expect it to be a bit faster than the game in Minnesota and hopefully a few more goals all around.

Did I mention Madison Bowey is playing for the Caps? He’s good.

OVER / UNDER

Ovechkin assists (+/- 1)     Take the under, he’s getting shutout tonight

Virtanen bone crushing, hilite reel hits (+/- 0)    Take… the… over

  • TheRealRusty

    Parts of this game preview sounds like it has been written by a snarky teenager… shtick is getting old… time to get better writers for this site…

      • TheRealRusty

        “Capitals centres Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeni Kuznetsov both have 12 points going into this game with Alex Ovechkin a point behind with 11. Keep on eye on these guys if you can, but the bigger thing to watch is how often defensemen like Michael Del Zotto and Erik Gudbranson get burned.”

  • apr

    Going to look closely how Backstrom plays if that’s how Petterson models his game after. As bad as we think we have it with Nucks, I think Washington fans have been brutalized. How they don’t even get to the dance with that roster is sad. Amazing that Trotz will likely lose his job if he doesn’t get them in this year.

  • Caps were built right and should have won it all, but they didn’t. That’s the beauty of pro sports. This doesn’t mean Washington is a bad team now, it just means their window was two years ago.

    The game tonight has plenty of intrigue. Caps trying to prove that they still can, Canucks trying to prove the doubters wrong.
    Good teams, like Washington, usually bring out the best in their opposition, so tonight should be an excellent game. Fast, skilled and physical.

  • RIP

    Off topic but whats the likelihood of Virtanen getting more points than Grandlund this year?

    Hopefully the boys have their head on a swivel out there. Ovi destroys young talent with monster hits.

  • Locust

    Sometimes I forget what Canucks site I am on but when you read this “but the bigger thing to watch is how often defensemen like Michael Del Zotto and Erik Gudbranson get burned.” you know you are on Canucks Army.