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CANUCKS ARMY PRESEASON GAME 5 – CANUCKS @ KINGS

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

NONE / SN 650 / 6:00 PM

THE INTRO

The Canucks make their way to Salt Lake City of all places to take on the Los Angeles Kings this evening. Judging the location choice isn’t fair because Vancouver will call Kelowna home for a day on Saturday when they host the Arizona Coyotes. Things haven’t gone all that well for the Canucks in the preseason but it’s a new day and hey, it’s the Canucks so anything is possible.

Another round of cuts was made yesterday so the Canucks are trimming their roster quickly now in preparation for opening night.

LINEUPS

The Canucks will ice this lineup tonight:

The Kings will ice these guys against Vancouver:

THE SKINNY ON TONIGHT’S GAME (AND IT’S SKINNY)

  • Goaltending has not been the Canucks strong suit for quite some time. Sure, Ryan Miller held his own and Eddie Lack finished out the Roberto Luongo season fairly well but until someone steps up and grabs that ring, it’s an open competition. Jacob Markstrom will win the job to start the season after sub-par showings from Thatcher Demko and Anders Nilsson’s lack of exhibition action. The confidence in that net is nowhere to be found and they’re running out of games to prove a point. The point may not be made in time.
  • Despite not having consistent success on the man-advantage, the Canucks have had a plethora of power plays so far. They’re drawing penalties regularly which means they’re skating and getting to areas the opposition doesn’t want them to be. The Canucks do have some speedsters this year and a few offensive threats that will need to be contained. Vancouver has five power play goals which are only two back of the preseason lead of seven which is held by Vegas (not again with these guys), the Islanders and the Hurricanes. With the chances they’ve been given, the Canucks might be a very good power play team this season.
  • Olli Juolevi needs to get some serious ice-time the next few games and even if he’s making mistakes, how he handles a team like Los Angeles will give Travis Green an idea if he’s worth pushing for an opening night roster spot. Realistically, he’s going down to Utica but a few strong showings might say otherwise.
  • Expect the Canucks and Kings to be physical tonight for a few reasons: 1) they don’t like each other and Drew Doughty is probably still reeling after being burned by Nikolay Goldobin at the beginning of last season and 2) no one likes a six o’clock start and in Salt Lake City no less. No good can come of this. On a serious note, Erik Gudbranson needs to prove a team like the Kings can’t push his team around. Michael Del Zotto has been doing all the heavy lifting so far.
  • With a few more spots up for grabs, Travis Green will have to decide what he’s looking for to start it all off. Injuries have helped a few players stick around. Just when it looks like someone is going to take charge, they regress. Nikolay Goldobin comes to mind, Adam Gaudette does as well and Loui Eriksson is MIA. If those trades that management was talking about are coming, expect them to come awfully soon. This is getting a bit ridiculous.

MY 94 CENTS

I drove home from Vancouver on Saturday and listened to a Canucks team that could not convert a power play to save their lives and worse yet, they couldn’t score at 5v5. I think the play that needs to happen is to get back to the Thomas Vanek approach and just shoot the puck. Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser will most likely be the shooters so the setup is crucial to get them firing away.

From there, giveaways need to stop and give the goaltending a chance to survive.

The Canucks didn’t get Ilya Kovalchuk and Anze Kopitar last time, nor did Drew Doughty and Dion Phaneuf see the blue and green. It’s been a rough preseason and this won’t be a cake walk either.

I hope everyone has a strong stomach.

THE FINAL WORD

He forgot to say “don’t @ me”

 

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  • No live stream, no problem. This is where good old fashioned radio comes in.

    I don’t see a starting goalie, but as mentioned by 94, the goaltending job is up for grabs. This job is intended for Demko, although he’s only showed it in the AHL, so far. His learning curve very much reminds me of Corey Schneider. Schneids struggled and had to deal with set backs early, only to overcome and turn into an elite NHL goaltender. I see that in Demko.
    I wonder if Ian Clark has him doing push ups, when he should be doing cart wheels.

  • Kanuckhotep

    If mgmt sends down guys who don’t have to clear waivers it does not hurt the club and the young guys can have oodles of playing time in the “A”. I very much would like to have Gaudette and Juolevi make the Canucks but I don’t think it’s going to happen right away. As for tonight LA it seems will be playing their big guns and will not be a cake walk.

  • Killer Marmot

    9 players on the forecasted Kings lineup are 30 years or over. The Canucks have 1 (Edler) or 2 (if Biega dresses).

    The Kings don’t look like they’re too interested in trying out their prospects in the preseason. Also, they have some rebuilding to do in the next few years.

    • PQW

      So what – most are TWO TIME CUP WINNERS. Ovi, Malkin, Crosby, Backstrom, Orpik ALL 30 plus-ers still killing it and winning cups. Hasek won hs first cup age 36, Borque was 41!!… yah let’s just ‘play the kids’ (like Deadmonton did), yah anyone over 30 should be forced to retire – pfttt more dumb unfounded cliches from the blind, deaf and DUMB here guys.

      • Killer Marmot

        LA just snuck into a wild card spot last year, but the clock is ticking. Maybe this year, maybe next, they’re going to begin the painful trip downwards.

        Kopitar, Kovalchuk, Brown, Carter, Doughty, and Quick are all signed to long term contracts, and take up nearly $50 million a year between them. The youngest is Doughty at 28, the rest are over 30. This means LA will not have the money to rejuvenate the team. And their prospect pool is mediocre.

  • Jim "Dumpster Fire" Benning

    Guddy needing to “prove” things…Eriksson MIA….say it aint so! A blind man living in a cave his whole life could have made those two predictions!

    • Jim "Dumpster Fire" Benning

      It could have been a possibility this year, if only Benning hadn’t clogged up lines 3/4 with UFA veteran filler. Maybe next year…oh wait, nevermind…maybe 2 yrs from now…

      • Killer Marmot

        One or two injuries et voila! Gaudette gets called up. Heck, he still might play the season opener.

        Benning had to sign some veteran forwards. You can argue about the terms of those contracts, but clearly Vancouver did not have enough forward depth to get through the season.