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Canucks Army Game Day 13 – Canucks vs. Wild (BoeserMania Edition)

THE INTRO

It just gets worse on the injury front for the Canucks: Anders Nilsson broke his finger in practice on the weekend and will be out a few weeks. What the Canucks should be concerning themselves with is defense, like committing to playing some. The Penguins shredded the Canucks defense on Saturday and it won’t get any easier tonight as the Minnesota Wild are in town and wouldn’t you know it, they’ve won five straight games.

Brock Boeser is starting to feel himself again and tonight could be the start of an excellent season for a player who was the favourite to win the Calder trophy a season ago before being shut down last spring. Boeser gets to face a team he grew up watching in Minnesota but now they’ll be watching him.

Let’s Do This!™

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SN / SN 650 / 7:00 PM

 

LINEUPS

Alex Edler is out “weeks” according to Travis Green with an MCL sprain, Chris Tanev is day-to-day, Sven Baertschi is still in concussion protocol, Jay Beagle is out as well.

Vancouver’s defense is primed to take another thrashing with the same guys getting trotted out. Hopefully, they’ll be able to outscore their problems.

Jacob Markstrom will be the man between the pipes for a few weeks with the recent news of Anders Nilsson breaking his finger. Richard Bachman has been called up to backup Markstrom.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Nikolay Goldobin
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 70.0#98 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 75.5#46 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 80.2#6 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.25#26 FL1
Brendan Leipsic
BRENDAN LEIPSIC

Rating: 71.5#93 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 76.1#42 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 71.8#74 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.12#23 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 70.3#110 LW

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 71.6#132 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 69.9#99 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.59#28 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.6#123 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 72.9#91 C

Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 70.3#162 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.94#13 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 70.1#114 LD

Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 68.6#101 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 69.32#31 DL1
Derrick Pouliot
DERRICK POULIOT

Rating: 70.4#111 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 72.0#64 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.19#27 DL2
Michael Del Zotto
MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO

Rating: 71.6#84 LD

Alex Biega
ALEX BIEGA

Rating: 69.7#94 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.69#23 DL3

 

Joel Eriksson Ek is out with a lower-body injury for the next week or so. Matt Hendricks is also out with an LBI.

Devan Dubnyk should be the starter.

Wild lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Jason Zucker
JASON ZUCKER

Rating: 78.6#16 LW

Eric Staal
ERIC STAAL

Rating: 80.4#15 C

Nino Niederreiter
NINO NIEDERREITER

Rating: 73.5#49 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.50#17 FL1
Zach Parise
ZACH PARISE

Rating: 76.2#25 LW

Mikko Koivu
MIKKO KOIVU

Rating: 74.4#56 C

Mikael Granlund
MIKAEL GRANLUND

Rating: 77.8#30 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.11#6 FL2
Jordan Greenway
JORDAN GREENWAY
Charlie Coyle
CHARLIE COYLE

Rating: 72.1#113 C

Matt Read
MATT READ

Rating: 70.9#86 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.69#20 FL3
Marcus Foligno
MARCUS FOLIGNO

Rating: 70.2#112 LW

Eric Fehr
ERIC FEHR

Rating: 70.6#92 C

Joel Eriksson Ek
JOEL ERIKSSON EK

Rating: 69.8#169 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.20#20 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ryan Suter
RYAN SUTER

Rating: 80.3#3 LD

Mathew Dumba
MATHEW DUMBA

Rating: 78.2#15 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 79.24#2 DL1
Jonas Brodin
JONAS BRODIN

Rating: 73.5#42 LD

Jared Spurgeon
JARED SPURGEON

Rating: 76.9#20 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 75.20#7 DL2
Nick Seeler
NICK SEELER

Rating: 72.4#66 LD

Greg Pateryn
GREG PATERYN

Rating: 72.2#57 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.26#9 DL3

THE INFORMATION YOU NEED AND SOME YOU DON’T

  • Brock Boeser hasn’t been electric in his last five games but he hasn’t been invisible either. His 1G/2A in 5GP is sort of alarming but knowing he’s been playing through a groin strain is comforting because he isn’t able to go as hard as he usually does. Utilizing the entire lower body on his shots is a lot of Boeser’s magic. His quick pivot before he opens up a heavy wrister doesn’t just happen. When Boeser is 100%, watch out!
  • In three games against Minnesota, Boeser has been held to one goal. That came in his first game for the Canucks and it was also a game winner. There isn’t much to go on versus the Wild until this evening. Brock is ready to strike!

  • Since debuting in 2017, the best line combination for Boeser has come with Bo Horvat and Nikolay Goldobin (based on playing at least 50 minutes as a line). He played a grand total of nine games with that group and they had a combined CF% of 56.49. That may change if Green keeps him with Elias Pettersson. The connection with Bo and Goldobin can’t be ignored and if things aren’t clicking that would be an easy line to revert to.
  • Zach Parise is among the league-leaders in scoring with 11 points, four points in his last five to boot. Parise is only four points away from 700 career points. Evgeni Malkin had his way with the Canucks, could Parise?
  • Erik Gudbranson is quickly becoming the Canucks top liability, both on the payroll and on the ice. Gudbranson is a fighting major away from tying the league-lead in PIM with 30. His penalties never seem to be timed well and a quick look through the hilite reels will prove he’s not doing much before he goes to the box. Olli Juolevi needs to get his game in top form and soon. This can’t go on much longer.
  • If Juolevi does get a cup of coffee with the Canucks in the next while, Derrick Pouliot seems like a good choice to sit. In his last few games, Pouliot has been an absolute train wreck and has been the lead reason for a handful of goals. He isn’t the worst defenseman right now, but he’s nowhere near the best.

MY 94 CENTS

Convincing me that tonight’s game will be any different than Saturday’s will be pretty hard. The Wild are rolling right now and the Canucks are barely able to ice a healthy lineup. Jacob Markstrom is going to, yet again, have to have one of his best starts of the season for this to be close. But then there’s Boeser.

He’s struggled to get his game going this season and the groin is still nagging on him but I feel like tonight is a game he’s personally primed for and if he’s going, so is Pettersson.

THE FINAL WORD

  • speering major

    I thought Brock looked totally out of sync last game again. Gudbranson doesn’t look good but he looked noticeably better than the start of the season. That said, winning with this blueline is an enormous mountain to climb

  • Jim "Dumpster Fire" Benning

    “Parise is among the league leaders with 11 pts”…..
    Really? He’s 53rd in NHL scoring. Flying fast and loose with the words today eh?

  • Kootenaydude

    Not a fan of Boeser playing on the Pettersson line. Plays much better with Horvat. All skill but not a grinding line at all. Sucked the last game. Can’t see them doing any better tonight.

  • Holly Wood

    I guess it’s lucky for Gudbranson and Hutton, that an NHL coach is writing the lineup and not The writers at CA. Take the high road every once in a while guys.

    • Dank22

      No kidding, right? The sheeple at CA just can’t help themselves. Gudbranson and Hutton have become the first pairing and have played their guts out, eating up minutes and doing their best. They’ve played well considering the circumstances and the where the team is at… but that doesn’t matter, we’s got to maintain the tired narrative.

      Didn’t one of these guys suggest Biega would be a better Dman on the top-pairing than Gudbranson? LMAO. Way to damage any credibility as “anal-lytics” guys.

  • Kanuckhotep

    Boeser playing against his home state team is significant and I’m sure Petey will have a great game tonight too. The Canucks have to score first which they don’t often do and hopefully the officiating for once will be invisible like it should be. Don’t feel bad about this one for some reason.

  • Kootenaydude

    Wow. I think Horvat took damn near every faceoff in the second half of the game. What a beast!! Over 21 minutes of ice time and 36 faceoffs!! He sets the pace of the Canucks game. Let’s hope he doesn’t get injured this season. Good team effort. That Pettersson sure is a good finisher.