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Canucks Army Game Day 6 – Canucks @ Penguins (Lucky Edition)

THE INTRO

Don’t look now Canucks fans, but your team went undefeated in Florida and they’re a win back of third place in the conference. The Vancouver Canucks are in Pittsburgh tonight to take on Sidney Crosby of Tim Hortons fame and his Pittsburgh Penguins. Brock Boeser is once again the big star leading the Canucks hype train and you can bet your bottom dollar Matt Murray, Penguins top goaltender, will have studied up on the man that effortlessly burned him a season ago.

We’re ready for this, we all need a feel-good story tonight.

Let’s Do This!™

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SN1 / SN 650 / 4:00 PM

LINEUPS

Vancouver called up Adam Gaudette from Utica after an impressive start to the season of 2G/2A through four games. Welcome back, Adam! Tyler Motte will get back in after Jay Beagle went down with a broken wrist blocking a shot on Saturday. How does it get any worse after the Elias Pettersson injury? That’s how. Everything else looks the same.

Anders Nilsson has to be the guy still, right?

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Sven Baertschi
SVEN BAERTSCHI

Rating: 73.6#44 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 74.2#58 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 78.5#13 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.43#25 FL1
Nikolay Goldobin
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 71.5#88 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 72.4#101 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 72.8#60 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.20#30 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 70.8#102 LW

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 71.2#134 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 70.2#91 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.71#28 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.3#133 LW

Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 71.6#123 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 68.7#110 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.85#25 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 74.0#35 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.1#75 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.52#28 DL1
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 70.0#107 LD

Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 68.9#94 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 69.42#30 DL2
Derrick Pouliot
DERRICK POULIOT

Rating: 70.6#98 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 70.3#84 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.45#27 DL3

 

The Infirmary didn’t pass over the Penguins, either. Justin Schultz is out for nearly four weeks, maybe longer with leg fracture surgery. Matt Murray is finally back in the Penguins lineup but will back up Casey Desmith. That also could change though. Derek Grant was recalled from Scranton-Wilkes Barrie.

Is it Murray or Casey? Mike Sullivan might want to protect his goalie and play the backup to save Murray from embarrassment.

Penguins lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Jake Guentzel
JAKE GUENTZEL

Rating: 79.5#13 LW

Sidney Crosby
SIDNEY CROSBY

Rating: 86.6#4 C

Derick Brassard
DERICK BRASSARD

Rating: 73.9#65 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 80.00#7 FL1
Carl Hagelin
CARL HAGELIN

Rating: 72.2#81 LW

Evgeni Malkin
EVGENI MALKIN

Rating: 85.4#6 C

Phil Kessel
PHIL KESSEL

Rating: 79.0#11 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 78.86#1 FL2
Patric Hornqvist
PATRIC HORNQVIST

Rating: 77.9#20 LW

Riley Sheahan
RILEY SHEAHAN

Rating: 69.8#162 C

Bryan Rust
BRYAN RUST

Rating: 73.1#58 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.60#4 FL3
Dominik Simon
DOMINIK SIMON

Rating: 70.7#105 LW

Matt Cullen
MATT CULLEN

Rating: 68.7#175 C

Daniel Sprong
DANIEL SPRONG

Rating: 75.2#30 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.56#10 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Brian Dumoulin
BRIAN DUMOULIN

Rating: 74.7#28 LD

Kris Letang
KRIS LETANG

Rating: 81.5#4 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 78.10#6 DL1
Jack Johnson
JACK JOHNSON

Rating: 71.0#90 LD

Jamie Oleksiak
JAMIE OLEKSIAK

Rating: 71.2#72 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.11#26 DL2
Olli Maatta
OLLI MAATTA

Rating: 72.9#49 LD

Juuso Riikola
JUUSO RIIKOLA
DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.86#8 DL3

 

INFORMATION YOU NEED AND SOME YOU DON’T

  • No Pettersson means Sven Baertschi and Alex Edler are the leading Canucks scorers still in the lineup. Baertschi will get a chance to re-ignite the chemistry he, Bo Horvat, and Brock Boeser celebrated one season ago. All eyes will be on this line now that the Sedins no longer patrol the second line and Loui Eriksson doesn’t scream “contain me”.
  • A season ago in Pittsburgh, Loui Eriksson scored his second goal of the season, one night after scoring a goal and an assist in Philadelphia. In fact, Eriksson had quite the November last year putting five goals and five assists on the board. For a player that three registered shots on goal this season through five games, he’ll need a miracle to even get an assist tonight. He does have Adam Gaudette and Nikolay Goldobin as linemates so it’s possible.
  • While Brock Boeser was lighting the lamp against the Penguins last season, Bo Horvat had a run himself. Bo put up four points himself but went scoreless in the final meeting. Time to do Captain things, Captain Bo.
  • Since the last time these two teams played, the Canucks only have 11 of the 18 players from that game in the lineup. The Sedins retired, Sam Gagner was waived, Alex Biega was waived, Brendan Gaunce as well, Michael Del Zotto is still a healthy scratch, and Thomas Vanek has moved on to greener pastures. This may play in the Canucks favour this evening with a handful of new faces that the Penguins don’t have a book on.
  • Travis Green needs to embrace the win and you stay in mentality for his goaltenders. Through two games played, Anders Nilsson is among the league-leaders in both GAA and SV%. Jacob Markstrom is not. He isn’t even close. Markstrom has the seventh-worst GAA and ranks 32nd of 45 goaltenders that have played so far for save percentage. Again, it’s very early in the season but one goalie has embraced the challenge and one hasn’t. Everyone was shocked when Cory Schneider was shipped off to New Jersey and furious when Roberto Luongo was dealt back to Florida but would anyone have guessed Anders Nilsson could back up the eventual starter, Thatcher Demko? Could we see Jacob Markstrom waived and have a Demko/Nilsson tandem? Makes you think.

MY 94 CENTS

Elias Pettersson is on the shelf so the Canucks have to respond with the guys that are still there. Brock Boeser had his way with the Penguins last season and I guess we’ll find out how “lucky” he really is. Brock’s shot is a piece of art and the Canucks need Bo Horvat to get him the puck tonight. There are times to step up and tonight is the first chance the Canucks will get to prove that they aren’t a one-man team (they kinda are, but work with me here).

Canucks hang in this one. To what degree is anyone’s guess.

THE FINAL WORD

Read this thread. Take a minute and read this. Carcillo was a gong show from time to time and he has a great response to Saturday’s incident. The NHL missed on this one and who knows when they get it close enough. You can’t have a league if you don’t have players.



  • Kanuckhotep

    Last game I noticed Boeser getting the big shot off much more than in previous games this year and is coming back into form. I’m more concerned though about Gaudette not hurting the Canucks defensively than actually having to score. Just an old defenceman talking here. Finally I’d stick with Nilsson for the Pengies match up. Hate playing the Great Sidney.

  • “Could we see Markstrom waived and have a Nilsson/Demko tandem.”
    A little early for that I think.

    Canucks need to show what they’re made of today. Our current record 3 – 2 – 0 is good, but only because of one person and he’s not playing. Without Elias, our record could easily be 1 – 4 – 0 or worse. So, who is gonna step up?

    • LAKID

      Ouch, Nuk’s don’t even have a first line quality player, how come Loui is on the other line? and come on Guddy is paid 4M why is he not anchoring the first pair? Oh Ya it’s Guppy he can’t stick up for Petey. Come on stinky fish pull an upset!

  • Beer Can Boyd

    When the sky was falling during the pre-season, I actually was pretty calm, and suggested that this team would be nowhere near as bad as the pundits were saying, provided they got NHL quality goal tending. However, I was 100% wrong as to which keeper would be providing it. Question now is, does Nillsson get 4 games in a row? Great team performance tonight, the d-corp is keeping things simple, and the forwards are bringing the heat on every shift. They made the Pens look old and slow for a lot of the game.

    • Kneedroptalbot

      Beer Can Boyd, you are a wise man. The Canucks look fast and quick to the puck. Anders Nilsson is playing great, much like he did when he anchored team Sweden to the gold medal at the world championships. Did you notice, almost every line on the team has good speed. Roussel and Motte have really fit in well. Granlund is so versatile, playing well in his checking/shutdown role. Slides into Center when required too.

  • Pittsburgh is starting their back-up so I fully expect the Canucks to choke and get outplayed, outshot, and outscored. Total lack of killer instinct, they always fail to take advantage of opportunities like this.

  • Kanuckhotep

    Lots for Canucks fans to be positive about after this contest. 1) three consecutive wins with only 5GA. 2)Boeser getting off more shots and they’re going in. 3) Schaller shows true veteran leadership and steps up big time. 4) Pouliot IMO was again very heads up tonight and may be getting it now. Even Gudbranson play pretty good and the refs put the whistles away and let the athletes decide the outcome of the game. So far it’s quite apparent the VC are much more entertaining to watch than they have been for the last couple of years. Onward to Winterpeg.