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Canucks Army Game Day 14 – Canucks vs. Blackhawks (Spooky Edition)

THE INTRO

It’s Halloween, so spooky! The Canucks and their ghoulish lineup will take on the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, the team that once gave them nightmares. Vancouver is coming off an impressive win over the Wild two nights ago with the help of super rookie Elias Pettersson. Pettersson is only getting better and better and Chicago would be a great challenge for him this evening.

Patrick Kane of the Hawks is tied for the league lead in goals with 11 and he’s always had success in this building. Maybe don’t sleep on that guy?

Let’s Do This!™

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LINEUPS

Where to begin?

The latest injury to the Canucks Ferris wheel of pain is Brandon Sutter. He suffered a separated shoulder and is out 4-6 weeks, swell! Chris Tanev has now been placed on IR and no one has come out of the infirmary quite yet.

Brendan Gaunce and Darren Archibald have both been recalled. Sam Gagner is not a Canuck anymore, basically what that means.

Jacob Markstrom will once again be in net for the Canucks but Richard Bachman can swoop in on a moments notice.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Nikolay Goldobin
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 70.1#103 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 75.0#51 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 80.1#7 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.05#27 FL1
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.6#122 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 75.6#44 C

Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 70.4#100 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 71.87#29 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 69.8#117 LW

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 71.5#133 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 71.3#88 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.88#26 FL3
Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 68.3#132 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 73.0#83 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 69.9#104 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.40#16 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 70.0#116 LD

Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 68.5#101 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 69.24#31 DL1
Derrick Pouliot
DERRICK POULIOT

Rating: 70.1#113 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.6#70 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 70.82#29 DL2
Michael Del Zotto
MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO

Rating: 71.5#84 LD

Alex Biega
ALEX BIEGA

Rating: 69.8#96 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.66#22 DL3

 

Connor Murphy is out with back surgery so we’re definitely not seeing him tonight. Marcus Kruger was not in the main mix at practice and will most likely be healthy scratched as will Andreas Martinsen.

Corey Crawford should get the start in net.

Blackhawks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Alex DeBrincat
ALEX DEBRINCAT

Rating: 79.4#10 LW

Jonathan Toews
JONATHAN TOEWS

Rating: 78.0#28 C

Dominik Kahun
DOMINIK KAHUN

Rating: 73.4#56 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.94#20 FL1
Brandon Saad
BRANDON SAAD

Rating: 74.4#42 LW

Artem Anisimov
ARTEM ANISIMOV

Rating: 71.9#126 C

Patrick Kane
PATRICK KANE

Rating: 81.5#2 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.94#7 FL2
Alexandre Fortin
ALEXANDRE FORTIN

Rating: 74.4#43 LW

Luke Johnson
LUKE JOHNSON

Rating: 73.1#81 C

Nick Schmaltz
NICK SCHMALTZ

Rating: 73.3#58 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.61#3 FL3
David Kampf
DAVID KAMPF

Rating: 71.0#95 LW

Marcus Kruger
MARCUS KRUGER

Rating: 69.4#174 C

John Hayden
JOHN HAYDEN

Rating: 68.6#117 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.65#26 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Duncan Keith
DUNCAN KEITH

Rating: 73.6#40 LD

Henri Jokiharju
HENRI JOKIHARJU

Rating: 72.9#43 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.27#26 DL1
Erik Gustafsson
ERIK GUSTAFSSON

Rating: 74.7#26 LD

Brent Seabrook
BRENT SEABROOK

Rating: 73.2#40 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.95#16 DL2
Brandon Manning
BRANDON MANNING

Rating: 70.7#101 LD

Brandon Davidson
BRANDON DAVIDSON

Rating: 69.7#97 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.22#27 DL3

 

INFORMATION YOU NEED AND SOME YOU DON’T

  • It’s no secret the Canucks have given up a ton of penalties to start the season, 52 in fact. They’ve killed off 84.6% of them which puts them in the top-10 in the league. Chicago hasn’t been as feisty as they’ve only been shorthanded 37 times so far. When they’re a man down, Brandon Saad hasn’t accepted that he should just try and kill off the penalty, he tries to score. Saad’s five shorthanded shots are good for third in the league.
  • Knowing the Canucks, if Saad is pressing or Derrick Pouliot gets dicey with the puck, I don’t like the Canucks chances if he’s moving in. He has one shorthanded goal on those five shots.
  • Troy Stecher is quietly becoming the Canucks goto defenseman. He can be used in any situation and sticking with the PK, his small stature hasn’t limited him when trying to steer the puck away. Stecher has five hits while shorthanded and he’ll have to do more of that now that he’s going to see increased minutes. It might be wise to invest in some good shinguards as well because he’ll need to take over blocking duties now that Alex Edler is on the shelf.
  • Edler has blocked 13 shots on the PK so far this season. We always say, what would this team look like without him? We may be about to find out.
  • Of all games, tonight might be the one the Canucks can show they can be an aggressive team and get away with it. Chicago is tied for the worst PP% in the league with a paltry 12.2% effective rate. It isn’t smart to play with fire, especially against the Blackhawks but at this point, the odds are in the Canucks’ favour. Take a chance.
  • Vancouver might lose the Corsi battle most evenings but in the W column, it doesn’t seem to matter right now. The Canucks are tied with the Islanders (wait, what?) for six wins when being outshot in a game. It should also be pointed out the Canucks have seven wins total.
  • In the same breath, Vancouver also has six losses when being outshot. Take the good with the bad.

MY 94 CENTS

I’m not here to tell you the Canucks can beat the Blackhawks because they obviously can. With all the injuries piling on there has to be a breaking point and Chicago is just too good to let a band-aid team take them to the woodshed. Pettersson has been excellent thus far and I hope he’s able to replicate even one of those fantastic goals but the age-old question “is it sustainable?” has to be asked at some point and the Canucks are hanging on to solid efforts that have to wear off soon.

I can see this being a goal-fest as Corey Crawford isn’t quite back to his ways yet and Jacob Markstrom has been getting suspect defense in front of him.

Going for the win on this one but it will take a lot.

THE FINAL WORD

My EA Sports one isn’t as good all of a sudden.

  • Kanuckhotep

    Tonight’s match up against the ‘Hawks see a Chicago team surprisingly not as ancient as you’d think and are trying to rebuild too. The same old suspects are in their line up (#88, #19, #7, #2) but don’t be fooled into thinking they’re a bad team. If Vancouver continues to play with the same jump that they have been they should do alright. Happy Hallowe’en.

  • DJ_44

    A few things:

    Vancouver might lose the Corsi battle most evenings but in the W column, it doesn’t seem to matter right now. The Canucks are tied with the Islanders (wait, what?) for six wins when being outshot in a game. It should also be pointed out the Canucks have seven wins total.

    Some context is necessary: in their victories, Vancouver was outshot as a result of the last period and protecting leads. When they get the lead, the are usually even, or way ahead int he shot totals. Is this not the definition of score-effect?

    Edler has blocked 13 shots on the PK so far this season. We always say, what would this team look like without him? We may be about to find out.

    Edler has not played for the last three games. We have been “finding out” since the first period in Vegas.

      • Kootenaydude

        It’s a pretty soft line that’s for sure. They need someone to get into the dirty areas on that line. Those three are all perimeter players. Maybe it’s because of the injuries. I would rather see Pettersson, Goldy and Eriksson on one line and Horvat, Boeser and Granlund on another line. Perhaps with the injuries the Horvat line is now the shutdown line.

      • Braindead Benning

        Mac man is ripping it up it Utica and seems determined to start pushing the Canucks he may be the next call up when the next ( injury) occurs which seems inevitable

  • Braindead Benning

    Nice to see the stinky Gaunce man get the winning goal tonight and Markstrom starting to look like he is determined to prove he is ready to take over the #1 spot. I am liking the look of this team when the top players don’t factor into the outcome of the game and the unsung heroes factor into the outcome.of the game