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CANUCKS ARMY GDT 67 – CANUCKS VS. COYOTES

A moment of silence before we start, please.

OK, now that everyone has hopefully recovered from the terrible incident that was “The Brock Boeser Injury Part 2”, it’s time to focus on the next game the Canucks have to play and it’s those pesky Arizona Coyotes again. Vancouver looked pretty good the last time they faced the Coyotes but they’ll be doing it this time with a drastically different lineup.

There will be points available and even though the race to the last place is still technically on, it’s unimaginable the Canucks will finish with a worse record than the Coyotes.

Let’s Do This!™

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE-OFF

TV: SNET-P

RADIO: SN650

PUCK DROP: 7:00 PM

LINE COMBINATIONS

No need to do the rundown, Brock Boeser tops it all. Brendan Leipsic and Jake Virtanen will get top line duties with Bo Horvat for the foreseeable future, the Sedins will be flanked by Nikolay Goldobin, and with the Reid Boucher callup, it’s possible Sam Gagner and maybe Jussi Jokinen will get some time together.

Nothing new to report on defence.

Jacob Markstrom had some heart last game… and a win! He should start this evening.

Vancouver Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

Andrew Campbell was recalled as Alex Goligoski is expecting a child, congrats bud!

Antti Raanta is the expected started but don’t rule out Darcy Kuemper.

Arizona Coyotes lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • The void left by Boeser will need to be filled by budding star Brendan Leipsic and project power-forward Jake Virtanen. Both of the young guns are having a good little run right now and it’s possible it will continue this evening. Injuries can create opportunity and this is pretty much the ultimate opportunity for both players.
  • Both Henrik and Daniel Sedin were both shutout from continuing their point streaks and the Coyotes are ripe for the picking. A multi-goal game for Daniel Sedin seems very doable and Henrik Sedin could feast on the power-play if given the chance tonight.
  • Leipsic may have found a home with the Canucks. He previously had 1 point in 15 games prior to being traded to the Canucks from the Golden Knights. He currently boasts five points in the last three games and they’ve all been marvelous to watch. There is something brewing with Leipsic and the Canucks may have a new Alex Burrows.
  • As has been the story at many points this season, special teams could once again be in the spotlight this evening. Vancouver has scored five goals with the man-advantage in their last six games for a 27.8% completion rate. On the PK, the Canucks have allowed four goals on 21 chances for an 81% kill-rate. Arizona in that same time span has a dismal 8.7 PP% and is one full point lower on the PK. Vancouver could have a night tonight.
  • Arizona is currently five goals behind the Canucks for most goals allowed this season providing Vancouver posts one of those zero goals allowed games. Not sure if there is any kind of silver lining here. I guess, ouch!

THE TWITTER TAKE

Even though Boeser is lost for the rest of the season, finally checking out BenningNtheJets has put a smile on a few faces. There isn’t much else that will make you laugh right now.

MY 94 CENTS

#TeamTank is back on I guess? Thankfully, Brendan Leipsic, Jake Virtanen, and hey, Darren Archibald are all creating special stories to end the season and it’s not Brock or the Calder race but parts of the future are being written right now on this team and that is totally OK by me. There will be a lot of emotion on the Canucks bench tonight so I can’t imagine this one ends in a low-scoring finale.

EITHER / OR

Either Jake Virtanen’s Power Move Goal or Brendan Leipsic’s Dazzle Move Goal: This is the Coyotes, folks. Can they contain Jake? No, they cannot. Go all in on the Virtanen Power Move.

Either being outshot in the first period again or the Canucks scoring a windfall in honor of Brock Boeser: Can’t imagine the Coyotes have enough going on to pepper the Canucks like the Islanders did so it would be nice for the team to honor Brock. Pick that one.

 

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  • NeverWas

    We have seen wgat Brock has in store… kids got a bright future and probably will take a couple runs at the rocket Richard title over the next 3-8 years. Let’s see what else this team has… this is your chance jake!!! Hopefully the kids finish strong, we draft high and well… add in Petersen and maybe a couple others next year. Could be some good times ahead!!

  • apr

    Goldobin, Boucher, and I believe Jake are all waiver eligible next year. What they do in the upcoming weeks will determine of Baertschi and Granlund get signed or traded; Archibald re-signed; or Benning does something crazy and sign Kane. Petterson, Lind, Dahlen, Gadjovich, Gaudette, perhaps even McEwen will be fighting for a spot in training camp. From all accounts, Svechnikov, Zadina, and Tkachuk are ready to play next year. Its a good thing that there are open audition spots – this is the only semblance of a sliver lining I have with Brock getting hurt. And no team tank, we will not win the lottery.

    • krutov

      i think the only signing decision is boucher. everyone else gets qualified and signed.

      as for trades, i think that depends on the market. granlund has ended his season early two years running and baertschi is also done for the year and injured all the time. right now they are damaged goods and starting new contracts so not a good time to move them. if you want to trade them, they will need to be traded when healthy next season to realize value.

    • Killer Marmot

      I suspect Granlund is highly valued by Canucks management and won’t be traded. His assignment to the shut-down line for much of the season meant his offensive statistics took a nose dive. But modern coaches love two-way players, and it’s the defensively weak who are seen as the most expendable.

      • defenceman factory

        With Motte, Granlund, Gaunce, Archie and, for lack any other success, Ericksson, that’s a lot of shut down wingers. Are there a couple more potential players in Utica? Is this where you see Lockwood potentially playing? How many do the Canucks need? I say wingers because I expect Sutter to fill that role at centre for a few years. I think there is an opportunity to move one or two. What would be the move(s) that maintain a strong shut down line and generate the most from trades?

        Ericksson is actually pretty good in that role (yes I know it isn’t worth $6 mil) and he produces more points than many others on that list. The return/cost of moving him is very high so he probably stays for now.

        • I am Ted

          I’m hoping Gaunce is moved or becomes a Utica guy. Archi has taken his spot and run with it. I can see Baertschi being traded over the summer if the Sedins come back. Motte might be another guy sent to Utica next year; he hasn’t shown a lot that isn’t easily replaced.

          I don’t think any of the prospects make the team yet. I want them to develop. Send them to Utica. No need to rush them – we’re not contending anytime soon.

          • Ser Jaime Lannister

            Agreed, best case scenario, let the prospects groom, well be out of the playoff race early so management can start making calls for Edler and Tanev/who ever else, 2019 draft in VAN lets see a couple first round picks please!

      • NeverWas

        I think grandlund has upside too. Potential 20 goal score for sure in the right roll. Or 10-15 goals as a shut down guy.

        Will be interesting to see how everything comes together next year and/or the year after…

        • Ser Jaime Lannister

          Granlunds days are numbered, no room for him in the top 6, and hes too easy to play against in the bottom 6, too many guys similar too him with more upside coming up, adios amigos!