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CANUCKS ARMY GDT 28 – CANUCKS VS. HURRICANES

The Vancouver Canucks continue their homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes, who are coming off an OT victory over the Panthers on Saturday.

Scoring may be at a premium again this evening despite the Canucks having the rookie leader in their lineup amongst a few other hot hands of late. Carolina has one player just outside the Top 50 scorers in Teuvo Teraveinen with 22 points.

Vancouver will have to have a bit more pushback than the Leafs game if they want to have any success against a blue-collar Carolina team.

Let’s do this!

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE-OFF

TV: SNET-P

RADIO: SN650

PUCK DROP: 7:00 PM

LINE COMBINATIONS

No real changes on the homefront. Brandon Sutter and Erik Gudbranson are still a week away at the very least from returning to the team.

Jacob Markstrom didn’t get the shutout last game, but he played well enough to earn the win. Travis Green may choose to go back to Anders Nilsson to see what he has there.

Vancouver Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

 

Carolina looks to be icing the same team that beat the Panthers on Saturday, and the only question will most likely be in net.

Scott Darling should start and has a 2-0 lifetime record versus the Canucks.

Carolina Hurricanes lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • Carolina wasn’t so nice to the Canucks last season. The Canucks took the home portion of the series, but the Hurricanes blasted Vancouver for eight goals, including a six-goal third period. It’s a slightly different Canucks squad this year, and at the very least, Jayson Megna won’t be on the ice. Vancouver is a lot more disciplined, and Willie Desjardins won’t be rolling four lines, so this game has potential to be interesting.
  • Rookie Haydn Fleury will be tested against the Canucks own rookie, Brock Boeser. Fleury has four points through 24 games but is getting top minutes with Justin Faulk on the back end. He’ll be a player to watch this evening.
  • Brock Boeser still leads pretty much every rookie category and will look to have a bounce-back game tonight. He’s averaging just over a point per game currently, and it still feels impressive. Although, that’s just a data point, so it’s probably not that interesting.
  • Misery loves company. Ben Hutton and Justin Faulk are tied for last place in the NHL for lowest P/60. They both have a whopping 0.14. It should be noted this is at 5v5 with minimum 200 minutes played. The zero’d players were left out as they didn’t have a point to their name. This will probably mean one of them has a decent game on the score sheet. Remember when Hutton was so dreamy? How the times have changed.
  • It pays to be picky. Vancouver the 2nd fewest missed shots with 273 while the Hurricanes are in the Top 10 with 346. If the Canucks can keep lanes to the net open, whoever is in net probably doesn’t have to worry about the puck hitting him at all. Safe to say Vancouver probably doesn’t need to block any shots either?

THE TWITTER TAKE

Why is McKenzie not taking Lind?

MY 94 CENTS

This might not be the most exciting matchup of the season, but it will be a good test to see what the Canucks learned from their victory over the Leafs and how well they can pounce on a team that is struggling to stay above the cut line. Brock Boeser was held pointless against Toronto, and that doesn’t sit well with #flownation. Now that all the milestones and accolades have passed, it’s time for the Canucks to step their game up.

OVER / UNDER

Thomas Vanek slappers (+/- 0)     We haven’t seen one of these in awhile and an unsuspecting Hurricane team would be a great place to unleash one. Take the over.

(Insert Canucks goalie here) Shutout tonight, the Canucks hold a clean sheet against the Hurricanes. I think I worded that correctly, basically, they shut them out.

    • Wise Canuck

      Canucks fans, let’s all laugh at another no life loser who is clearly suffering from dementia…

      “I never liked this contract or term, He’s a pint sized enforcer who rarely wins a fight” – backup bob
      “Dorsett is nothing special for that price. Dime a dozen.” – backup bob
      “Dorsett is my least favourite Canuck” – backup bob

      and now upon his eary retirement…
      “This is terrible news, for both Derek and the Vancouver Canucks. Good luck Derek.” – backup bob

      another ignorant two-faced c(o)ckroach exposed. Who is next…

  • apr

    The dailyface off line-ups are amazing. If they are going to be the Mayor of Wrongville, can they at least sneak in Henrik in the middle of Bure and Greg Adams once in a while? Or Gradin between Bert and Kole Lind?

  • Dirty30

    And Santa, if there’s any chance of a game recap instead of another one of Jackson’s misguided “I think I’m smarter than everybody else (but sadly I’m making Benning look like the genius in the room)” pieces, that would be swell.

    I’ll let you get back to collecting lumps of coal for the majority of writers at CA (except Vanessa who is just so much better than this place …)

    • Dirty30

      Oops, Mea culpa! It was mr. davis who wrote the piece that tried to demonstrate he was smarter than A&W (and sadly failed).

      So a sincere apology to Jackson … my mistake.

  • Steamer

    Time for Boeser to shape up or ship out; kid hasn’t done anything in a few days – make an example of him – before JD Burke trades him for a bag of pucks.