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Canucks Army Game Day 3 – Canucks @ Hurricanes (Storm Watch Edition)

THE INTRO

It only took three games to get into the very much hated “4 PM” starts and here we are. The Canucks face the Hurricanes this evening and will do so riding the coattails of their super rookie Elias Pettersson. Vancouver has a 1-1-0 record thus far while Carolina is at a surprising 2-0-1 record. The Canucks would sure like to come out of this extended road trip with a few W’s and tonight would be a good start.

A little bit of defense might help achieve that goal.

Let’s Do This!™

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNV / SN 650 / 4:00 PM

LINEUPS

Tim Schaller took reps on Monday on the fourth line; Tyler Motte  Michael Del Zotto and Alex Biega will be the healthy scratches for tonights game. Only a few games into the season and there are some impressive storylines to follow.

The top line sees Brendan Leipsic debut with Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser while Sven Baertschi falls to the Brandon Sutter/Jake Virtanen line. It’s a brave new world.

Jacob Markstrom, despite a few bad goals, should start.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Brendan Leipsic
BRENDAN LEIPSIC

Rating: 72.6#64 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 74.9#48 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 79.8#6 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.76#20 FL1
Nikolay Goldobin
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 71.9#76 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON
Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 73.3#50 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.60#25 FL2
Sven Baertschi
SVEN BAERTSCHI

Rating: 72.5#66 LW

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 72.3#100 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 70.5#90 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.77#21 FL3

Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 68.9#128 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 68.7#173 C

Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 71.7#75 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.96#13 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 74.1#31 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.4#72 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.76#26 DL1
Derrick Pouliot
DERRICK POULIOT

Rating: 71.2#85 LD

Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 70.2#88 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 70.69#30 DL2
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 70.7#98 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 70.6#83 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.62#25 DL3

 

Micheal Ferland is on the top line and that should almost tell you everything you need to know about this team but they’re semi-undefeated so maybe he’s better now? This Hurricanes roster is not a who’s who of the NHL, but a band of castoffs much like a lesser version of the Vegas Golden Knights. It’s early but statistically, this team has a good thing going.

Curtis McElhinney, of Tabasco game, will be the likely starter.

Hurricanes lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Micheal Ferland
MICHEAL FERLAND

Rating: 72.8#59 LW

Sebastian Aho
SEBASTIAN AHO

Rating: 78.7#14 C

Teuvo Teravainen
TEUVO TERAVAINEN

Rating: 75.6#28 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.68#22 FL1
Warren Foegele
WARREN FOEGELE

Rating: 74.2#40 LW

Jordan Staal
JORDAN STAAL

Rating: 76.9#32 C

Justin Williams
JUSTIN WILLIAMS

Rating: 76.4#23 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.85#10 FL2
Brock McGinn
BROCK MCGINN

Rating: 72.9#54 LW

Martin Necas
MARTIN NECAS

Rating: 72.4#99 C

Phil Di Giuseppe
PHIL DI GIUSEPPE

Rating: 71.5#77 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.26#15 FL3
Jordan Martinook
JORDAN MARTINOOK

Rating: 69.8#115 LW

Lucas Wallmark
LUCAS WALLMARK

Rating: 72.8#82 C

Andrei Svechnikov
ANDREI SVECHNIKOV
FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.33#10 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Jaccob Slavin
JACCOB SLAVIN

Rating: 76.9#11 LD

Dougie Hamilton
DOUGIE HAMILTON

Rating: 79.0#13 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 77.96#4 DL1
Calvin de Haan
CALVIN DE HAAN

Rating: 74.4#30 LD

Justin Faulk
JUSTIN FAULK

Rating: 76.9#17 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 75.61#7 DL2
Trevor van Riemsdyk
TREVOR VAN RIEMSDYK

Rating: 73.4#44 LD

Brett Pesce
BRETT PESCE

Rating: 74.6#33 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 74.03#2 DL3

THE INFORMATION YOU NEED AND SOME THAT YOU DON’T

  • Stating the obvious but Elias Pettersson may feel quite comfortable already in the NHL. He’s scoring at an impressive 2.50 pts/game clip. Unless he’s “Wayne Gretzky“, it’s not sustainable and things will slow down at some point. What Pettersson is, however, is a dynamo the Canucks haven’t seen in many years, if ever. Game after game, practice after practice, his teammates find new ways to stand in awe of his talents. Travis Green doesn’t want Elias exposed too much but if he continues to play the way he has, it’s probably not going to be an issue.
  • Speaking of Micheal Ferland, he has four points in three games thus far and is probably channeling his inner 2015 playoff self when he owned the Canucks for the same point total over six games. Containing Ferland (yup, I said it) will be on Travis Green’s game notes but he’s up against the Horvat line so most of the arena will probably be watching Brock Boeser score his first goals of the season instead.
  • Loui Eriksson leads the Canucks in Corsi through two games at an eruptive rate of 61.76%. He can’t be stopped and riding shotgun with Pettersson is proving to have some trickle-down effects on his linemates. There is a chance he could even start scoring, yup, Eriksson. Loui hasn’t seen a percentage like this (YES, I know it’s early still) since his 2013/14 season with Boston when he played 61 games and had a CF% of 58.56 at 5v5. Things were a bit better back then. Go get ’em Loui!
  • The Canucks have taken a few penalties to start the season and it’s not going to stop anytime soon. What Brandon Sutter did against Calgary was show that he’s focused on the battle. Check out the PK at work:
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  • Jay Beagle hasn’t been a world-burner quite yet but he’s probably getting used to playing on a non-Stanley Cup team, so that’s fair. The checking line thankfully hasn’t been the focus yet so Beagle not standing out is a good thing. A goal would be nice. Just one.

MY 94 CENTS

The Hurricanes haven’t lost in regulation yet, the Canucks lost a gunslinging battle late in Calgary; so far Vancouver has made the masses believe they can win games. Tonight is Brock Boeser’s first big game of the season and I predict it will be kinda memorable, like set your PVR’s memorable. If Del Zotto does sit this one and Ben Hutton slots in, Hutton better produce. If the uprising of youth is to succeed, Travis Green is going to need some serious proof he should stick with the revised look.

THE FINAL WORD

JPat keeping us informed of a potential postponed game on Saturday.

  • I love 4.00 PM starts, not a hater.

    Canes may be castoffs, but they play a fast game. Add to this years of high drafting and developing young talent, Canucks better not under estimate these guys.
    A good start is a must. No loosey goosey first period. Keep it tight and wait for your chance.
    Markstrom needs to show he’s a bona fide #1. Make some early saves and keep your team in it. No softies. Game one was great, game two was not. We need consistent goaltending.

    Go Knucks go!

    • Jim "Dumpster Fire" Benning

      Everything you said was BANG ON! Canes skated circles around Canucks tonight. Bad starts and soft early goals by Marky (as usual). Marky will never be a bona fide #1. Consistency is not his game.

      • LiborPolasek

        I was wondering if Markstrom performed above avg again, meaning letting in more than one soft goal and you answered it; playing nervous again…. The Canucks might as well start every game 1 goal down when Markstrom is in net because it is just a matter of time and how often…. smh. I understand that hockey is a team game and having an inconsistent D core just doesn’t help as well but just like soccer having a goalie that doesn’t crumble can cover alot of diffeciency a team might have.

    • Defenceman Factory

      The size of Aho and Terevienen is why Ferland is on that line. Here’s hoping he looks like a pylon tonight. He can’t skate with the Canucks top 6.

      I don’t see a mishmash of cast offs when I look at the Carolina roster. They look like a good mix of up and coming young guys and some solid vets. There is a few names I don’t recognize and I’m not sure how deep they are but Carolina is a team on the rise. The Canucks can’t take a night off against anybody.

      Glad to see MDZ get sat. Make him, Poulliot and Hutton push each other to stay in the line-up.

      Does anyone still doubt that Schaller might get sent down if he doesn’t put in the work? There is a battle for those bottom 6 winger spots. Don’t put in the effort one night spend the next game in the press box. Take a few nights off and Utica becomes a distinct possibility.

      Really want to see another 3 point night for Pettersson and a bunch more beers get shot gunned.

    • Jim "Dumpster Fire" Benning

      That’s cause nobody in Canada or Carolina (for the most part) cares about the Hurricanes. Did you see the empty seats throughout the building?

  • wojohowitz

    Turn loose the hounds. 7-6 in a shootout. Green is going nuts. Markstrom gets pulled. Pettersson gets his three points. A Canuck defenceman scores a goal and somebody gets a hat trick. Early season entertainment.

  • Kanuckhotep

    Tonight I would like the players to decide who wins not the officials. Hope also in seeing Green’s lines play their 12-20 minutes together for fans to get a better idea of how they’ll really look this season. Can’t take the ‘Canes lightly in this contest.

  • Beer Can Boyd

    Gudbranson and Pouliot beyond brutal tonight. Boeser too. Time for Biega to get his shot. And maybe even a 2 game benching for Boeser? Worked last year.

    • Jim "Dumpster Fire" Benning

      Boeser is playing like somebody drained his confidence meter completely. Just looks entirely out of sorts on the ice. I’m not worried about him though. Maybe after like 15 games…. Guddy and Pouliot….agreed wholeheartedly! Against young, fast skaters….they’re abysmal.

      • Holly Wood

        Many 2nd year players suffer from a slow start in year 2. They start to squeeze the stick and doubt themselves. Let’s hope he gets a bounce or two maybe a greasy goal soon and gets on his way. A shift or two with EP might be in the cards because as much as Brock is struggling, let’s be serious here, do you really believe Bo is actually a #1 centre? Not many on here agree with me but “Bo Horvat is not and will never be #1 centre”.