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Canucks Army Game Day 8 – Canucks vs. Bruins (Cup Still Empty Edition)

THE INTRO

The more it changes the more it stays the same. The Canucks and Bruins have gone in different directions since they faced off in the Stanley Cup Final, neither team winning a Cup after that but they both push to get back and many would have thought the Canucks would have been the team to get back sooner and it couldn’t be further from the truth.

Tonight’s matchup opens up old wounds, ignites old flames and somehow becomes a litmus test for how far the Canucks will need to go before they can compete on the same level again as the league’s elite.

There will be no Elias Pettersson yet again to ask to carry the Canucks but a solid effort against the Jets a few nights ago proved the Canucks could hang with a team poised to make a Cup run this season, even after the Canucks were tired and worn out after finishing off a six-game road trip.

It’s on so…

 

Let’d Do This!™

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SN1 & CITY / SN 650 / 7:00 PM

LINEUPS

Hopefully, this is the last game Elias Pettersson is out with a concussion and everything can go back to normal. Jay Beagle is still out with a broken wrist and will be until late November.

Jacob Markstrom will get the net back tonight after Anders Nilsson played the last four.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Nikolay Goldobin

NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 70.8#106 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 74.9#50 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 80.0#7 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.49#21 FL1
Sven Baertschi

SVEN BAERTSCHI

Rating: 74.5#40 LW


Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 73.0#96 C

Jake Virtanen

JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 70.1#93 RW


FL2 Rating
Rating: 71.95#29 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 71.0#104 LW

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 71.6#134 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 72.0#76 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.87#25 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 70.4#115 LW

Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 71.3#142 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 68.7#111 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.13#21 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 74.2#33 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.3#72 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.77#28 DL1
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 70.4#106 LD

Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 68.8#92 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 69.60#30 DL2
Derrick Pouliot
DERRICK POULIOT

Rating: 70.3#107 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.3#71 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.84#22 DL3

Torey Krug is still out with a left ankle injury he received in the preseason. He’s due back as soon as the end of the month. Charlie McAvoy is out after feeling off from his hit against Calgary.

Tuukka Rask will start this evening.

Bruins lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Brad Marchand
BRAD MARCHAND

Rating: 85.4#4 LW

Patrice Bergeron
PATRICE BERGERON

Rating: 87.7#2 C

David Pastrnak
DAVID PASTRNAK

Rating: 86.1#2 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 86.40#1 FL1
Jake DeBrusk
JAKE DEBRUSK

Rating: 76.4#23 LW

David Krejci
DAVID KREJCI

Rating: 75.4#45 C

Danton Heinen
DANTON HEINEN

Rating: 72.1#81 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.65#17 FL2
Ryan Donato
RYAN DONATO

Rating: 73.6#51 LW

David Backes
DAVID BACKES

Rating: 71.7#131 C

Joakim Nordstrom
JOAKIM NORDSTROM

Rating: 69.5#102 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.61#19 FL3
Chris Wagner
CHRIS WAGNER

Rating: 68.9#139 LW

Sean Kuraly
SEAN KURALY

Rating: 70.2#167 C

Noel Acciari
NOEL ACCIARI

Rating: 69.1#184 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.39#28 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Zdeno Chara
ZDENO CHARA

Rating: 75.5#24 LD

Charlie McAvoy
CHARLIE MCAVOY

Rating: 77.6#16 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.53#10 DL1
Matt Grzelcyk
MATT GRZELCYK

Rating: 72.5#62 LD

Kevan Miller
KEVAN MILLER

Rating: 73.9#34 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.19#16 DL2
John Moore
JOHN MOORE

Rating: 71.3#91 LD

Brandon Carlo
BRANDON CARLO

Rating: 71.7#62 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.48#17 DL3

 

McAvoy and Miller are injured and will not play – at this moment, the pairings are unclear.

THE INFORMATION YOU NEED AND DEFINITELY SOME YOU DON’T

  • Reading this should make you think. Put the contract aside for a second and tell me who should be in the lineup: Eriksson or Reid Boucher? The Canucks have waived Sam Gagner, they’ve sat Michael Del Zotto, and they’re probably close to pulling the trigger on Loui to send him down or at the very least, scratch him. Eriksson has finally matched his shot per game stat line but like the great NAS once said: “they shootin’, ah made you look”.
  • Eriksson has the lowest TOI/GP on the Canucks for players who have played every game so far and his three assists came when Pettersson was still playing. Drop the hammer, Travis. It’s time.
  • If and when Brad Marchand tests the Canucks’ patience this evening and doesn’t succeed, he will pass 600 career penalty minutes, no small task. He’s averaged just over two minutes per game against Vancouver  in his career, so if you happen to be a gambler, this is easy money.
  • Of all the Bruins since the 2011 regular season started, Marchand has the highest SH% against Vancouver with a healthy 31.8%. His next closest teammate having played more than six games against the Canucks is David Kreiji with 15.8%. For all the hate Marchand draws, he backs it up on the ice. Erik Gudbranson better be paying attention tonight, he’s already missed one opportunity.
  • Tonight’s battle is lucky number 13 since the start of the 2010/11 season. The Canucks and Bruins have split the series since then 6-6. Vancouver holds the slightest edge in goals by a 38-37 margin. Will Vancouver grab that brass ring tonight?
  • The injuries are coming. Vancouver currently leads the NHL in blocked shots with 131. With that being said, the Canucks are also defending the shot more than any other team which means they aren’t the ones shooting. This stat isn’t the be all end all by any means but that number would sink a lot more if the Canucks were the ones doing the shooting more often.

MY 94 CENTS

The players have moved on but there ain’t no way we’ve put this to rest. I feel like this game for whatever reason has a Game 8 part 2 kind of feel. There isn’t any Cody Hodgson 10 am bar-down action, just primetime Boeser and Bo. Brad Marchand has come a long way skill-wise since that series but he’s still public enemy number one as far as I’m concerned.

A win against an excellent Bruins team this evening won’t make it all better but it’s a great painkiller. That being said, tonight isn’t a game to take chances and see what comes up.

This game still matters; it’s mattered as much as every other one since that unfortunate June day.

THE FINAL WORD

THE FINAL FINAL WORD

2011 Never Forget

    • Saint Albert

      Now sign in as crofton and say something else boring, obvious and stupid.

      Blowhards… pay extra attention to a guy calld David Pastrnak… Benning scouted him for the Bruins, yet chose to draft Jared McCann for Vancouver with the pick before!

        • Saint Albert

          BENNING had first divs on drafting Pastrnak for Vancouver after scouting him for the Bruins, knowing how good he was… he left him on the draft table for his former employers instead and picked Jared McCann.

          McCann is no longer with the team after busting and turned into Erik Slugbranson… Pastrnak has 70 and 80 points the last two seasons, he has 11 in seven already. Pastrnak is a career PLUS 42 already, has 214 points in 264 games and plays on one of the top lnes in the NHL. He is a legit superstar in the making – he could and should have been a Canuck… unacceptable. Class dismissed.

          • Cageyvet

            Blah, blah, blah, there are so many examples like this for every team it’s laughable. What’s worse, you make these tired old comments at a time when the team is doing some of it’s best draft work. Pasternak is a great player, and 20 other teams also whiffed on him, get over it.

  • TheRealPB

    Half the Bruins regular D (and their two best puck-movers in Krug and McAvoy) are out so there’s that.

    You cannot say that Boucher scoring at a good clip at the AHL (which he’s always done) and Eriksson playing a different role (overpaid for sure, but a pretty solid safety blanket for youngsters on his line) are anything similar. The only time Boucher has been successful in the NHL has been in garbage time with the Devils and Canucks. I like him but would you really ice a line of Gaudette, Boucher and Goldobin? Or even EP, Boucher and Goldobin? Three smallish skill guys? Eriksson may not be scoring but he has looked pretty solid in most of these games. Just plugging in scorers doesn’t work on its own. Boucher will deserve the chance when he can slot in if a top six player like Baertschi or Goldobin gets injured on the wing. Otherwise he has no chance to contribute.

    • truthseeker

      Yeah chalk me up as someone who doesn’t really care about Eriksson not scoring. Sure, it’s a contract that’s way to high for what he brings but it is what it is. And the fact his pretty much invisible is kind of what you want if your not going to be scoring. Gagner, when not scoring didn’t seem to do much of anything else, but with Eriksson it’s almost like you never hear about him making a mistake. That’s fine by me. It’s not like he’s blocking some young player who’s clearly ready.

      Just let the guy play and maybe one day he’ll produce a little bit.

    • jaybird43

      Got to agree – you just can’t compare Boucher and Eriksson – two guy’s, different roles, different club strengths. I bet if Eriksson was in Utica, he’d be both lighting it up, and driving his lines Corsi and possession numbers through the roof. Ya, he’s not a $6 million dollar man, but he’s a $2-3 million dollar guy, whereas Boucher isn’t even a million dollar guy yet (assuming he was somehow a free agent). BIG difference between the two players.

  • Kanuckhotep

    Don’t let mega rodent Marchand get into your head. This is what he does and the Canucks can’t be victims of hubris. Let him take the stupid penalties not us. I agree that LE should be the next to go. What has he done and on that contract? Zilch. Another tough one tonight.

  • bobdaley44

    Eriksson is a far better player than Boucher. Theres a reason Boucher is in the minors. He’s a defensive liability in the NHL not to mention suspect skating along with lacklustre forechecking. Eriksson without question.

  • truthseeker

    I don’t know. Speak for yourself. To me it’s dead. I don’t really even care about Marchand that much anymore. Same with the Hawks.

    Canucks are playing a good game so far, up 1 – 0 and for me it could just as well be the Yotes, or Wild or any other team I don’t really care about.

    It’s only the memory of the teams that they both were.