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CANUCKS ARMY GDT 60 – CANUCKS VS. AVALANCHE

Riding high after a convincing win against the rival Bruins, the Vancouver Canucks get ready to take on the visiting Colorado Avalanche in a Western Conference clash. The inconsistently-consistent Canucks have been crushing the great teams and struggling against lesser competition. It’s anyone’s guess as to which Canucks team will show up tonight.

The trade deadline is only a week away and if Canucks general manager Jim Benning needs to solidify his case for any of the trade block players, tonight would sure help his cause. Tonight’s matchup won’t be as pretty as the Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir Ice Dance final a night ago but seeing a Brock Boeser goal would be a pretty close second.

Let’s Do This!™

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE-OFF

TV: SNET-P

RADIO: SN650

PUCK DROP: 7:00 PM

LINE COMBINATIONS

Not much new to talk about with the Canucks lines except for Sam Gagner taking turns with Loui Eriksson. Tough to switch him out after his big performance against Boston but then again, Sven Baertschi. Defensive pairings have stayed the same. Keep an eye out for the checking line of Nic Dowd / Nikolay Goldobin / Jake Virtanen. There is some potential there for a few fireworks.

Jacob Markstrom will be the likely starter but Travis Green is a tough read.

Vancouver Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

Defensively speaking, the Avalanche are in tough for the next bit. Erik Johnson and Anton Lindholm are both out indefinitely with injuries. Colorado has recalled David Warsofsky and Andrei Mironov from San Antonio as a result.

Semyon Varlamov will get the start against the Canucks.

Colorado Avalanche lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • Going streaking – The Canucks currently are on a two-game win streak at home versus the Avalanche and even better, a four-game win streak since 2016. Take the good news where you can get it, the bottom may drop out sooner than later.
  • #Winning – With one more GWG, Derrick Pouliot moves into T-4 for all defensemen in the league in that category. Not the player that would be expected to put the game on his stick but there have been many things that don’t make sense with the Canucks lately so don’t rule it out.
  • Loui the Powerful – Currently not a threat on the man-advantage, Eriksson’s next PPG will be his 60th career tally. It might even get celebrated. That goal would also tie his season total from a year ago. Loui needs this one more than anything he’s needed as a Canuck.
  • Despite being a healthy scratch two games ago, Sven Baertschi has five points in his last five games. Not sure if Green just wanted more goals from him or just to be more involved but the two times he’s been sat (Willie/Travis), he’s responded. Who’s next?
  • One more chance? Believe it or not, the line of Henrik and Daniel Sedin along with Jake Virtanen has the highest CF% on the Canucks this season with 58.56. They haven’t had boat loads of time together but it does speak to the effectiveness of the Sedins to be ahead of the shot game. (Side note: the Sedins with Eriksson, Vanek, and Boeser are the next three leading combos)

THE TWITTER TAKE

Promise the Gudbranson updates will end soon but when would he ever get off a shot like that in a game?

MY 94 CENTS

I continue to be befuddled as to how the Canucks win and lose against the most unlikely opponents. It’s like a bizarro 2011 with a lot less winning but just as many tears. The Avalanche can give the Canucks fits so staying disciplined will be key. Getting even one power play would be nice as well. I’m feeling a win is on the way this evening for the whale.

OVER / UNDER

Henrik Sedin goals (+/- 0.5)     At some point, this number will turn to one. Have to believe there is a goal in there somewhere but his helpers are keeping him in the mix. He does need to score though; maybe an empty net or something. Take the over.

Jake Virtanen bull rushes (+/- 1.5)     Take the over. Plain and simple, Jake Virtanen is changing his game and the patience Travis Green has shown may finally be paying off.

 

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  • Re-visiting the Duchene deal. Nashville won. They got Turris for a song. Duchene in Ottawa is producing at .5 points per game. (44 games with 27 points) Ottawa overpaid by a lot and is the clear loser. Burnaby Joe did ok and comes in second. He held out for futures and could still win. But for now, Nashville is the winner.

    There’s a game tonight. Looking forward to see Edler and Gudbranson again. This could be good.

    • Goon

      You don’t judge a deal like that from half a season. See where it’s at five years from now. Duchene had an *awful* start in Ottawa but has been producing very well since then.

      Nashville’s definitely looking great on the deal, but Duchene may still prove his worth.

  • apr

    Anyone else getting tired of the media saying that Nucks should follow other team’s strategy? It was follow Edmonton’s strategy in beginning of the year; and the Leafs; Colorado’s last time they were here; and more recently, follow New Jerseys. Gee, I wonder what those teams have in common? Give us Dahlin, and let’s see how the rebuild is going.

    Van is a tough market. Benning gets dumped on because he traded and (kept) Guddy for McCann and Asplund; while Chiarelli traded Barzal (perhaps potentially Boeser) for Reinhart, who can’t crack an expansion team line-up.

    • Goon

      I’ve never heard anyone suggest the Canucks follow Edmonton’s lead, except as a joke. The Edmonton model is “be terrible for a decade and then luck into a generational player”.

      • apr

        My understanding is the Edmonton “tank like no one is looking” model is a direction several people, especially the writers for this site, vehemently advocate.

  • BC SPORTS FAN

    Maybe our 12 million dollar D-man Gudbrandson will score a goal tonight? This signing is worse than signing Ericsson and look how bad that has been.