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Canucks Army Game Day 16 – Canucks @ Red Wings (Getting Healthier Edition)

THE INTRO

The Canucks haven’t played in what feels like forever and tonight they get back to their fairy tale season as they enter Little Caesar’s Arena to take on the Detroit Red Wings. Who would have thought the Canucks would be the ones riding the hot streak? Vancouver is four points back of first overall in the NHL and it feels like they’ve been there before.

Everyone is still talking about the breakout game Elias Pettersson had against the Avalanche and the cameras will be paying a lot more attention to him going forward, so will his opponents. Both teams are in the midst of rebuilds so who plans on putting it back together first this evening?

Let’s Do This!™

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 4:30 PM

LINEUPS

Chris Tanev is a game-time decision and Brock Boeser won’t be playing tonight.

Jacob Markstrom will once again start in net for Vancouver.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.8#114 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 76.0#45 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 79.8#8 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.21#24 FL1
Nikolay Goldobin
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 70.1#101 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 75.2#49 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 71.2#87 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.16#30 FL2
Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 71.5#86 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 72.7#100 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.8#75 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.98#14 FL3
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 71.0#96 LW

Brendan Gaunce
BRENDAN GAUNCE

Rating: 71.5#131 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 68.4#116 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.29#22 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 70.4#108 LD

Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 68.9#101 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 69.62#31 DL1
Derrick Pouliot
DERRICK POULIOT

Rating: 70.4#106 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.7#67 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.07#28 DL2
Michael Del Zotto
MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO

Rating: 71.9#78 LD

Alex Biega
ALEX BIEGA

Rating: 71.1#82 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.48#23 DL3

Thomas Vanek is out for 2-4 weeks with a lower-body injury and he won’t get to face his old team this time, Evgeny Svechnikov is out for a few months after knee surgery, Andreas Athanasiou is day-to-day, and finally, Jonathan Ericsson is questionable as well.

Jimmy Howard should start for the Wings.

Red Wings lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Darren Helm
DARREN HELM

Rating: 70.6#154 LW

Dylan Larkin
DYLAN LARKIN

Rating: 77.9#30 C

Anthony Mantha
ANTHONY MANTHA

Rating: 74.0#42 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.14#31 FL1
Gustav Nyquist
GUSTAV NYQUIST

Rating: 73.7#64 LW

Frans Nielsen
FRANS NIELSEN

Rating: 72.0#117 C

Michael Rasmussen
MICHAEL RASMUSSEN

Rating: 73.0#89 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.91#27 FL2
Tyler Bertuzzi
TYLER BERTUZZI

Rating: 72.0#78 LW

Jacob De La Rose
JACOB DE LA ROSE

Rating: 67.9#194 C

Luke Glendening
LUKE GLENDENING

Rating: 69.7#103 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 69.90#31 FL3
Justin Abdelkader
JUSTIN ABDELKADER

Rating: 69.7#117 LW

Wade Megan
WADE MEGAN

Rating: 73.6#66 C

Martin Frk
MARTIN FRK

Rating: 70.2#99 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.16#13 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Trevor Daley
TREVOR DALEY

Rating: 70.5#105 LD

Mike Green
MIKE GREEN

Rating: 73.7#37 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.11#27 DL1
Dan DeKeyser
DAN DEKEYSER

Rating: 70.5#104 LD

Nick Jensen
NICK JENSEN

Rating: 71.0#86 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 70.74#29 DL2
Niklas Kronwall
NIKLAS KRONWALL

Rating: 71.4#88 LD

Dennis Cholowski
DENNIS CHOLOWSKI

Rating: 73.2#41 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.32#9 DL3

 

THE INFORMATION YOU NEED AND DEFINITELY SOME YOU DON’T

  • Elias Pettersson has done some things lately, he’s done some excellent things: October Rookie of the Month, NHL 2nd star of the week, and he’s now pushing for some trophy called the Rocket Richard. He’s a hat-trick away from being tied for the league-lead in goals with 12. It’s entirely possible knowing what we now know about him. The real question should be “if he takes the lead, does he give it up?”
  • Chris Tanev should slot back into the lineup this evening thankfully for the Canucks and their chances of being “sustainable”. Tanev is the most reliable guy on the team and when he’s in the lineup, fewer chances are taken on his watch. His TOI/GP is third in the NHL at 4:15. Considering the Canucks take a fair amount of penalties, it’s a good thing he’s back.
  • Derrick Pouliot has been known to mess up a power play or two and everyone yells and screams when he does but believe it or not, Elias Pettersson has one more giveaway (4) on the power play than Pouliot (3). Comes with the territory when Pettersson pretty much runs the thing. Next time, think about what Pouliot is going through, he doesn’t want to let the super-rookie down.
  • IF and it’s a big if, the Canucks pull off a victory tonight, they’ll have a four-game win streak going on. Vancouver has matched their three-game streak from earlier last month but they haven’t won four in a row since Dec 28/16 – Jan 6/17 when they won six games in a row. That team didn’t have Pettersson, though.
  • Detroit is averaging just over 2.5 goals per game and the way the Canucks are scoring right now, three goals are very doable. The Red Wings might show some frustration this evening. Canucks fans know that feeling all too well.

MY 94 CENTS

What Canucks team will we see tonight? The resilient one that went 12 rounds with Colorado or the one they could barely hang with Calgary in? If this new look Canucks team is indeed living through Elias Pettersson then tonight could yet again be a game worth tuning in for. I don’t know how this team could top that game on Friday but I’m invested enough that I’d like to see them try.

That being said, Detroit has never been an easy team to beat.

THE FINAL WORD

C’man, this is funny. Also, I could go for a pizza before the game

  • bmg01

    “The real question should be “if he takes the lead, does he give it up?”

    Believe me, I am a huge fan of Elias Pettersson and I think he is already a shoo-in for Calder, but I think this might be going to far. I can’t see him scoring over 40 goals this season and I don’t think he should be expected to do so.

  • “Detroit has never been an easy team to beat”
    Yeah, that’s true, but if there was ever a time, it is now.

    Travis Green must be pulling his hair out. Every game the line juggling continues due to injuries. On one hand, how do players build chemistry, on the other, it keeps opponents guessing. If there’s a positive, that would be it.
    I look forward to healthy and complete roster.

  • Kanuckhotep

    Perhaps one may be getting caught up in the so-called Petey Hype and the thought of actually making the play offs but who can blamed for this given his outstanding play so far? He lifts up the whole team and is a difference maker and game breaker, not to mention a hilite package reel performer, only 9 games in!! On 650 yesterday they discussed Green running a very tough practise in preparation for this road trip. This is good news because coaches can’t have friends and be buddy-buddy with their players and Travis doesn’t want his line up to be complacent nor lose focus or momentum. The Canucks this year are like Vegas was last year, a team with something to prove. EP#40 can make the long road ahead more pleasant IMO.

  • apr

    As fun as last game was, I was pretty chocked that Boeser took another stupid unnecessary hit. Where was push back? Schaller-Guddy-Roussell? If Erickson is going to be useless and put up nothing but zeroes, I would certainly entertain a Lucic trade (if possible). At least Lucic would chase the guy around. As Gino said when asked about the Matheson hit, he would pummel Matheson and make a complete example out of him. We have two top shelf rookies who have been compared to the likes of Datsyuk and Hull to even crazier comparisons to Gretzky and Bossy. They need to be protected so we can see more 5 and 4 point games from our stars.

    • Ser Jaime Lannister

      It looks like Gaunce has gotten slower somehow… and he was responsible for two goals against. I like moving Granlund to that checking line i think hes better suited than Gaunce, who should remain in the AHL.

    • Defenceman Factory

      If you click on the link for Dailyfaceoff right above the line-up you will see a different line-up than what was posted. Seems the game day articles come out before Dailyfaceoff does their updates. It would be useful for the author to make a note of the last time the line-up was updated.

      The revised line-up has Virtanen on a line with Horvat and Schaller. Granlund is centering the 3rd line, Gaudette the 4th. Leipsec is on the right with Pettersson and Goldy.

  • Chalister Court Canuck

    Well I for one am hoping Detroit burns us and Green gets fired – and I will tell you why… the ‘hawks have just fired coach Q and I would love to have him in Vancouver,wouldn’t you? Bet the LA Kings are absolutely gutted they already hired Willie D!

      • Chalister Court Canuck

        Are you serious!? Because this is Coach Q, the 2nd winningest coach in NHL history and a 3 time Stanley Cup winner. Green is nobody in comparison. When a coaching legend like Q comes along you have to get him right away or lose him to someone else.

        The Kings brought in Sutter during a season and went on to promptly win two cups! How could any sane Canucks fan not want this guy! Coach Q please Aquaman.

  • Hockey Bunker

    But if they got Larkin would they have drafted Pettersson? I think not. No one is 100% at the draft table. What ifs are for losing teams. Winners always look forward not back.