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CANUCKS ARMY GDT 73 – CANUCKS @ GOLDEN KNIGHTS

The Vancouver Canucks embark on their final extended road trip of the season with the Vegas Golden Knights being their first opponent of four in six nights.

Vegas won their last contest convincingly against the ever-awful Calgary Flames while the Canucks dropped a close one to the Sharks. Tonight’s game could have a few fireworks carryover from Saturday if the Canucks believe they can still entertain. T-Mobile Arena will definitely be rocking, and that may play into the Canucks hands.

This season isn’t over for the Canucks yet. They scored multiple goals for the first time since the Minnesota Wild game, and they found ways to draw penalties. Amazing to think this team almost flatlined.

Let’s Do This!™

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE-OFF

TV: SNET-P

RADIO: SN650

PUCK DROP: 7:00 pm

LINE COMBINATIONS

Nikolay Goldobin most likely has bought himself another day after scoring a goal (it’s a big deal these days). Assume the second line stays intact and even though it wasn’t amazing, the Sedin line should too!

Ben Hutton has a foot infection, but I can’t imagine he plays anytime soon. These doctors for the Canucks aren’t very reliable.

Jacob Markstrom was a bit hard on himself Saturday. He played great IMO. Expect him to start with a split upcoming later this week in the back to back games.

Vancouver Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

This is getting old. The Vegas Golden Knights are playing amazingly well so their lineup won’t change. It’s possible someone could slot in, but they’re so good, why change? But they don’t have Brendan Leipsic… so there’s that.

Marc-Andre Fleury should be the starter tonight.

Vegas Golden Knights lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • Brendan Leipsic is here to show the Vegas hockey team they made a huge mistake giving him up. Leipsic’s six points in nine games with the Canucks has him getting noticed, and he may have solidified a future on this team. As I’ve said before, he has Alex Burrows potential with a bit more of a scoring edge without the help. Definitely no Holm-ers here.
  • Daniel Sedin is determined to hit 50 points this season. With two points to go, it’s inevitable he’ll get it done and seven points away from the crown prince, Brock Boeser’s 55. Henrik currently sits at 43 points and hasn’t put up a single point in eight games after his five-game point streak was snapped. It could happen again. These two are legends, anything is possible.
  • William Karlsson is on the brink of the big 4-0! No, he isn’t going over the hill, he’s about to score 40 goals and knowing the Canucks he’ll get at least one this evening. Vegas has been a special story this season, and a 40-goal scorer is a nice addition to that story.
  • Bo Horvat got back on the scoreboard Saturday, and even though it was a skate goal, it’s something, and Horvat is ready to own this thing.
  • With only a handful of games left in the season, Jussi Jokinen might not be a terrible player to have in the lineup. He currently sits 10th in the NHL with a 63.55 CF% when trailing at 5v5. Not bad at all. What do the Canucks really have to lose?

THE TWITTER TAKE

Not even close, don’t even try.

MY 94 CENTS

The Canucks were so close to pulling off the win on Saturday and believe it or not; they were exciting too! Even at the end of the game, it didn’t look like they gave up. Tonight they’ll need more of the same against a very good Vegas team that has a lot to brag about this year. Vegas is T-3 for most wins at home this season with 25 and has only dropped a decision nine times at T-Mobile Arena. Don’t expect the Golden Knights to be lazy this evening; the Canucks will have their work cut out for them.

OVER / UNDER

Canucks/Knights PPG combined (+/- 1.5)     Both teams are having great success on the PP this season and wouldn’t you know it, they follow each other in the standings for most goals with the man advantage, 49 (VAN) and 48 (VGK). Take the over on this one.

Nikolay Goldobin points (+/- 0.5)    What will we see this evening from Goldobin? He’s an enigma if ever there was one. NG hasn’t exactly peppered the scoresheet this season, but he seems to have some memorable moments. Take the over. Not sure why just feels right.

 

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  • Blind Side

    Tonight and tomorrow night are big for Tank Commanders.

    If the Canucks lose tonight (okay, stop laughing: When they lose tonight), Arizona will officially pass us in the standings (having played one less game). Then, tomorrow night, if Buffalo beats Arizona in an overtime game, both will have 60 points, one ahead of the Canucks.

    Okay, gentlemen, move those tanks out to protect our flanks. We are making a full frontal assault on last place!

  • TheRealPB

    I want a high draft pick too, but I think tempering the expectations needs to be the topic of a few CA articles. I just did the tank-athon simulator 20 times (after this loss) and got 3 x first, 2 x second, 2 x third, and 6 x fourth and 7 x fifth overall. So even if we were to continue to lose every game it’s not really fallin’ for Dahlin, much more realistic to get the 4-5 slot. Which is still great, but it’s the fallacy of the tanking mentality given the actual odds.

    I did like seeing that Calgary hit the top spot twice in my sims since that was (only part of) the price for Hamonic. But then they are a prime example of a great rebuild with strong young players and what I heard was the best defense in the entire NHL.

    • LiborPolasek

      Nothing is really guaranteed because of parity due to the cap; every year the teams that make the playoffs changes although there are some exceptions. At this point the goal is to give the Canucks the best odds of landing the first pick and for each player to realize that they are auditioning for next year’s….

    • LAKID

      That’s strange I did the simulator 10 times and the Oiler’s got 5 x first, 3 x second and 2 x ninth overall. Even the simulator is against the Nuckle draggers.