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CANUCKS ARMY GDT 13 – CANUCKS VS. PENGUINS (HNIC)

Back to their rightful spot in the second game of the Hockey Night in Canada doubleheader, the Canucks get set to face the visiting Penguins at Rogers Arena. The Penguins have been less than lucky on their western road swing getting their only win against the Edmonton Oilers back on Wednesday before falling to the Flames the next night.

The Sidney Crosby media circus will most likely be out in full effect tonight, so it would be a good night for the Canucks to bounce back from their two-game slump. Grab a cold one and a slice of pizza and sit back for what we can all hope is another Canucks/Penguins classic.

Let’s do this!

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE-OFF

TV: CBC (Hockey Night in Canada Game #2)

RADIO: SN650

PUCK DROP: 7:00 PM

LINE COMBINATIONS

There’s good news on the horizon: Alex Edler and Loui Eriksson are on the mend and could be in the lineup within a week! For now, though, Alex Biega will occupy Edler’s spot, but the real question is who comes out when Eriksson returns? Sam Gagner might be the leading candidate there or maybe Alex Burmistrov?

The Bo Horvat line will get an opportunity tonight to shine. National audience against the reigning back-to-back champs, it’s put up or shut up time.

Also, Brock Boeser was seen in ‘the spot’. Huge if true:

Jacob Markstrom will be in the starter’s net.

Vancouver Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

Disgruntled former Canucks’ defenceman Frank Corrado is in the lineup, and he’ll look to try and be a hero. If he were a hero, the Canucks probably wouldn’t have put him on waivers… just saying.

The rest is straightforward – Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel highlight the roster, but a little grit from either Bryan Rust or Ryan Reaves may just ignite some other sparks.

Matt Murray should get the start because from what I’ve heard, Marc-Andre Fleury doesn’t play there anymore.

Pittsburgh Penguins lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • Vancouver has actually faired pretty well against Pittsburgh at Rogers Arena when it comes to the scoreboard, not the final score, but the lead-up. Last season was the only game in the last four meetings where the Canucks failed to record a goal. That Willie Desjardins-led team was awful and deserved what they got. This year, Travis Green has put shooters in roles to shoot, and his team should return to form where Vancouver averaged just under four goals a game in the last three meetings at home.
  • Last game, Alex Biega was awoken from whatever slumber he was in, and it looked like he could not be stopped. He didn’t score, but he had numerous chances, and his full court press looked on point. It would be great to see him sampled on the PP2 unit to see what he has to offer. The motivation of Alex Edler returning may put an extra fire beneath Biega to contribute.
  • Sidney Crosby. With one point (a lowly assist) in his last five games, Crosby is due to feast on a less than stellar defence. Since the start of 2013/14, Crosby has only been held pointless twice against the Canucks. It feels like a Derek Dorsett/Brandon Sutter kind of night.
  • A hybrid random powerplay. Based on the Canucks’ top PP leaders, Boeser, Horvat, Daniel Sedin, Michael Del Zotto and either Sven Baertschi or Thomas Vanek would be an interesting way to shake things up. If they’re all producing, why not load up a random unit and see what happens?
  • The Thomas Vanek Breakaslap or the Slapaway? Not sure what to call it. Vanek has his chance again tonight, calling it.

THE TWITTER TAKE

MY 94 CENTS

The Penguins have not been very good on their road trip, and the Canucks haven’t been necessarily as bad as their last two results have shown. Vancouver is due for a big win against a good team and wouldn’t you know it, Pittsburgh is in town. Vancouver’s power play is getting chances, but they haven’t set themselves up to see continued positive results. Tonight, I believe that all changes.

OVER / UNDER

Alex Biega shots (+/- 2)   The push feels like the right way to go. Maybe don’t be a ton on this one though.

Matt Duchene to VAN references on the broadcast (+/- 1)  Sticking with the push on this too! Trade rumours got hot yesterday, so this may reopen.

  • RIP

    Should be a good game tonight. I expect the effort is there again for Vancouver but unlikely it will be a enough to beat a hungry Pens team. We can always hope though. Would rather see Nillsen start but that’s just me. Boeser is the man, a goal and an assist for him tonight.

  • Killer Marmot

    There’s good news on the horizon: Alex Edler and Loui Eriksson are on the mend and could be in the lineup within a week!

    I’m wondering about Gaunce, who has completed his conditioning stint.

  • TheRealRusty

    “Disgruntled former Canucks’ defenceman Frank Corrado is in the lineup, and he’ll look to try and be a hero. If he were a hero, the Canucks probably wouldn’t have put him on waivers… just saying.”

    Always90Four. If you were a hero you wouldnt be stuck writing this crappy column… just saying…

    • Me

      Are you a Corrado truther? You want to see his birth certificate too?

      CA makes mistakes, and they have legitimate aspects to criticize, but that’s just pointless name calling. Also, your presence here completely betrays your point of attack, because if it truly were that bad you wouldn’t be here.

  • Killer Marmot

    Disgruntled former Canucks’ defenceman Frank Corrado is in the lineup, Since when was Corrado “disgruntled”? As I understood it, he was on good terms with management, and was placed on waivers pretty much as a favour when it became clear that the Canucks would not have a starting position for him.

    • Locust

      Corrado was never disgruntled – it was the Glee Club Stat Boys here that were disgruntled when he was let go … cuz, you know, the numbers said he “could play” …. and we all know how that turned out……

      • Freud

        Poor Locust, too ignorant to understand the debate was about losing a player when you didn’t have to rather than the value of the player.

        Also too ignorant to realize Benning also thought he “could play” to the point he told Corrado to get a place in Vancouver the summer before he was lost on waivers. We won’t mention Bartkowski being evaluated as being a viable option at the same time.

  • Beer Can Boyd

    ” but the real question is who comes out when Eriksson returns? ” How about Eriksson stays out, until he proves he has something to contribute? Between him and Gagner, it sure looks like a waste of 9 million in cap space on a rebuilding team. I’d rather see Gaunce or Goldobin in the lineup that either of those 2 guys.

  • bobdaley44

    Please no Duchene. Just what we need a smallish offence first, defeat accepting, defensive liability with a lack of leadership skills not to mention high contract and his age. Unless we’re giving up Gagner and other spare parts i wouldn’t make a deal. Now that we have some decent prospects just let them develop and reap the rewards.

  • EnDLESSC4NUCK

    after what ive seen from beiga and pouliot this season im convineced that the canucks can spare to trade Gudbranson and have a D-core of
    Edler-Stecher
    Pouliot-Tanev
    Del Zotto-Biega
    and Holms looked good in the A