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CANUCKS ARMY GDT 16 – CANUCKS @ DUCKS

The Vancouver Canucks bring their 5-1 road record to Anaheim to take on the injury-riddled Ducks. This is the Canucks first game against the Ducks this year and they won’t reunite until January 2nd of 2018. Last season, the Canucks went 1-1 in Anaheim but this year’s team has the potential to take them all.

Let’s do this!

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE-OFF

TV: SNET-P

RADIO: SN650

PUCK DROP: 7:00 PM

LINE COMBINATIONS

Alex Edler and Loui Eriksson are close to returning but it looks like it will be the same lineup as Tuesday.

Jacob Markstrom is the Canucks top goaltender. He’ll start. He’s earned it.

Vancouver Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

If Ryan is your first name on the Ducks, odds are… you’re injured. Ryan Getzlaf just had facial surgery and is out approximately two months while Ryan Kesler still hasn’t been able to not use his linemates since having surgery to remove bone fragments in his hip. Ondrej Kase is going through the concussion protocol and most likely won’t play. Number one tender John Gibson is out with a concussion as well, which explains the information below.

Ryan Miller, he of former Canucks fame, will start against his old team. Sometimes just be nice to people and nice things will happen to you.

Anaheim Ducks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • It’s a big game against the Ducks tonight. The Canucks are 49-49-9 versus the Ducks so win #50 hangs in the balance. Odd that Vancouver has a chance to be the team going for a record. A new world indeed.
  • Both teams are tied with 42 GF this season but the Canucks have allowed 10 fewer goals. A team defence mentality has given the Canucks an opportunity to win every night and the goals are starting to come from all around the lineup. They might not be the best team in the league but the Canucks sure are interesting.
  • Even though Vancouver’s power play is struggling, it has benefited Brock Boeser when he’s allowed to help. Six of his 14 points have come on the power play so if Travis Green wants to see that number jump, #6 needs to be there.
  • In his last 10 games against Anaheim, Bo Horvat has 3G and 2A with both a SHG and a PPP. He’s not Henrik/Daniel vs. the Oilers but he’s building a resume.
  • A Brock Boeser hat-trick. There, I said it. Hate me if you must. These things happen.

THE TWITTER TAKE

Tell me why Gilman was let go?

MY 94 CENTS

The student takes on the teacher when Jacob Markstrom starts against Ryan Miller. This will get some play but if this somehow turns into a potential goals bonanza, Ryan Miller hasn’t been tested enough to hold the fort. I would love to see Boeser get a chance to dance through the Ducks. This might be one of those games for the highlight reel.

OVER / UNDER

Kevin Bieksa getting walked for a goal (+/- 1)  It’s a push. Bieksa gets burnt once. Once is plenty, though.

Thomas Vanek half clappers (+/- 0)   Take the over. He’s been taunting us and I think it’s time again.

  • defenceman factory

    Sutter’s line will be in tough again tonight against the Ducks top line but their line-up looks farm less intimidating without Getzlaf and Kesler. If that top line is handled it looks like the Canucks match up really well. A win in California is never easy. Hope the team comes out flying.

  • The Markstrom vs Miller matchup should be good. Lets hope Miller is drunk on love, baby talk, and California dreaming.

    Markstrom has shown elite level play, so we know he can do it. However, he does have moments of high risk. For example, when he plays the puck around the boards, his shot gets intercepted, and he has to scramble to get back into position. Every time he does it, my heart skips a beat. He’s gonna get burned doing that. Just let the defenseman get it.

    Gudbranson vs Bieksa, what could possibly go wrong here.

    Also, Kes is one one of my favorite former Canucks, as is Bieksa.

  • Doodly Doot

    I feel like things could get nasty tonight. If the Canucks get up early, it’s going to be cheap shots, late hits and plenty-O-penalties. A chance to improve the 5-on-4? Also, I know it’s not going to happen, but I’d really like to see Pouliot and Hutton swap lines. I have a feeling that Pouliot and Tanev is an upgrade and Hutton and Biega is just fine.

  • wojohowitz

    I guess we will be debating the value of Guddy all season if Gilman thinks he will sign for $5-6m. Knowledgeable people see value while he frequently fails the eye test. I`d ship him out straight up for Petrovic.

    • Beer Can Boyd

      Can someone please explain to me why Gudbranson might generate a single offer in the 5 million range? Because if this is true, maybe they could get a second rounder for him?

      • Why pay for what you can get for free? Gudbranson could get $5M+ because he’s only 25, a RHD, huge, and popular in the locker room. He definitely isn’t going to get it for irrelevant stuff like the ability to play defence or score points. I could see a trade with conditions based on whether the new team can sign Gudbranson to an extension. I could see teams like Dallas, Boston or Philly trying to sign Gudbranson in the offseason.

        • Bud Poile

          “Why pay for what you can get for free?”
          Leads the Nucks in hits and he hits like like a Mack Truck,blocks the second most shots on the team,clears the crease for his tender and keeps the league’s dirty rats in check.
          That’s $5m USD’s.
          Any team heading into a legitimate postseason run will kick the tires on Guddy.

        • truthseeker

          Yeah but many teams will want to add D for their playoff runs and that will still cost some. Waiting to sign him as a free agent doesn’t help you next spring.

          I truly hope all the hype around the league about GM’s liking him is true. I tout D all the time around here but even I’m willing to admit that from the outside his value seems like it would be pretty low. Still…it’s not THAT bad. It’s not like he’s a waiver wire guy that nobody would take. They’ll get something for him.