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Canucks Army Game Day 17 – Canucks @ Bruins (Finish The Job Edition)

THE INTRO

It’s unusual to have the Canucks/Bruins season series over so soon but tonight the second leg of the home and home will take place, this time in Boston. Since the last time these two teams met, there has been a surge of hype surrounding the Canucks most prized possession, Elias Pettersson. The Bruins will be the latest team to be exposed to the young phenom.

There is a lot of talent to go around on the Bruins squad and Travis Green will have to have his “A” game ready if he wants his club to have a shot at winning again.

Let’s Do This!™

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 4:00 PM

 

LINEUPS

Jalen Chatfield has been reassigned to Utica now that Chris Tanev is healthy*. Brock Boeser is still day-to-day with the groin issue but anything is possible.

Jacob Markstrom has been a changed man in net and a lot of that is in thanks to Ian Clark. With the snipers in Boston’s lineup, Markstrom will need yet another big start to keep the Canucks in it.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.6#121 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 75.5#46 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.6#83 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 72.21#31 FL1
Nikolay Goldobin
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 70.8#101 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 76.4#41 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 71.3#93 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.83#25 FL2
Darren Archibald
DARREN ARCHIBALD

Rating: 71.0#96 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 72.5#101 C

Brendan Leipsic
BRENDAN LEIPSIC

Rating: 70.9#100 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.46#23 FL3
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 71.3#87 LW

Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 71.6#126 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 68.4#122 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.44#22 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 70.1#114 LD

Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 69.0#98 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 69.58#31 DL1
Derrick Pouliot
DERRICK POULIOT

Rating: 71.1#95 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.0#80 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.05#28 DL2
Michael Del Zotto
MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO

Rating: 71.6#84 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.8#64 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.71#26 DL3

 

Urho Vaakanainen is still in concussion protocol and out for this game. Kevan Miller will also be out of the game with a broken hand.

Jaroslav Halak will get the chance to avenge his loss from October 20th against the Canucks. He starts tonight.

Bruins lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Brad Marchand
BRAD MARCHAND

Rating: 83.5#4 LW

Patrice Bergeron
PATRICE BERGERON

Rating: 85.2#5 C

David Pastrnak
DAVID PASTRNAK

Rating: 85.0#2 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 84.59#1 FL1
Joakim Nordstrom
JOAKIM NORDSTROM

Rating: 68.9#127 LW

David Krejci
DAVID KREJCI

Rating: 74.7#53 C

Jake DeBrusk
JAKE DEBRUSK

Rating: 75.3#31 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.98#23 FL2
Danton Heinen
DANTON HEINEN

Rating: 73.0#58 LW

David Backes
DAVID BACKES

Rating: 71.3#134 C

Anders Bjork
ANDERS BJORK

Rating: 71.4#87 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.93#16 FL3
Chris Wagner
CHRIS WAGNER

Rating: 68.3#132 LW

Sean Kuraly
SEAN KURALY

Rating: 69.3#178 C

Noel Acciari
NOEL ACCIARI

Rating: 68.4#186 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.63#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Zdeno Chara
ZDENO CHARA

Rating: 75.6#22 LD

Brandon Carlo
BRANDON CARLO

Rating: 71.7#65 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.67#23 DL1
Torey Krug
TOREY KRUG

Rating: 80.7#3 LD

John Moore
JOHN MOORE

Rating: 71.6#85 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 76.15#6 DL2
Matt Grzelcyk
MATT GRZELCYK

Rating: 72.7#57 LD

Steve Kampfer
STEVE KAMPFER

Rating: 70.8#88 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.73#25 DL3

 

INFORMATION YOU DEFINITELY NEED AND SOME YOU DON’T

  • Jaroslav Halak is having a renaissance of sorts. Halak currently leads the NHL in SV% (.952) and GAA(1.45) after eight starts. Even when he was with Montreal he wasn’t achieving these kinds of numbers. The Canucks have their work cut out for them yet again tonight. Last time, it was a chore getting the goals they did against him.
  • Until he’s not a story, he is going to be a big story every night. Elias Pettersson is part of an elite group right now. His 1.60 P/GP is second in the NHL but he’s doing it in stride with the NHL’s greats: Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon, Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Evgeni Malkin, etc. Everyone is so excited about the how he’s matching NHL records and this and that but breaking it down to the basics on a night by night basis, Pettersson really is that good. Stating the obvious and the ridiculous thing is he hasn’t even begun to scratch the surface of his potential.
  • What Cody Hodgson started the season after 2011, Bo Horvat will continue going into tonight. Bo has 4G / 3A in 9GP against the Bruins which is quite impressive considering the Bruins don’t necessarily give up a lot to the Canucks. That being said, tonight could be a Jake Virtanen kind of night.
  • Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron have been equally dominant against the Canucks in the same time Bo has been in the league. Since 2014/15, both B’s have nine points with Marchand leading the way with six goals and Bergeron with seven assists. Vancouver cannot sleep on this Bruins team tonight or it could be Pittsburgh 2.0.
  • Even though the Canucks lost a chance to earn their first four-game win streak in a long time, they do have a chance to continue their current win streak against the Bruins to three games if they reign victorious today. Every little bit helps.

MY 94 CENTS

I don’t know what to think anymore about the Canucks. Sure, they’re winning and Pettersson is scoring but they’re also giving up boatloads of shots, allowing the first goal more times than not, and the PK has been tested way too much. BUT, it’s Boston and I’d like nothing else but an absolute blowout in the Canucks favour.

The crazy thing is, it’s possible.

THE FINAL WORD

Amazing this has gone on this long. When I worked in the business, we would have had these ASAP! Adidas is a different story, I guess?

  • Kanuckhotep

    You’re probably looking at the toughest match up on this current road trip vs the Bruins tonight. The zebras usually makes one cringe when the Canucks play an Old Six club but hopefully it won’t be the case this evening. The VC are due to get the lion’s share of PP time in a game instead of the usual other way around. Secondary scoring would really help the cause, the mark of a truly competitive team.

  • Me

    “Pettersson really is that good. Stating the obvious and the ridiculous thing is he hasn’t even begun to scratch the surface of his potential.”

    That’s just silly.

    If his whole career, EP40 plays at the same level he has for the last 10 games he’ll go down as one of the greatest players ever. If that’s not even scratching the surface of his potential, then his ceiling must be Neo-level. EP raises his hand and stops pucks from the opposite end of the arena, sends them toward the opposing goal at supersonic speed while the rest of his team lounges. Canucks win every game by 100-0 margins. Stanley Cups for everyone!

    I’m all for being psyched about him, but the hyperbole is getting out of hand. You guys went from “We’ll never win!” to “Elias Petterson is a golden god who strides among mere mortals.” in the space of a season.

    • Always90Four doesn’t really represent the editorial consensus of the CanucksArmy staff. He’s always been more of a cheerleader than an analyst. That’s not a criticism of him at all, it’s just who he is.

      That being said, 100% agree – that was a ridiculous statement.

    • El Kabong

      What do we really know, lets ask Brian Burke.
      Burke on if #Canucks should add to get better, “1 kid is changing this and that’s Pettersson. This team has a chance to win most nights. This isn’t a fluky start. I watch Pettersson and I don’t know if there is a bar or limit.”

    • Bud Poile

      Benning and especially Green are having a hard time understanding it.
      Bieksa and Dorsett aren’t:

      Bieksa on Matheson hit: “There should have at the very least been a threat. I used to threaten guys all the time, ‘I’ll take an instigator on you, I don’t care. I’ll pay the fine, and I’m going to break your nose. You’re going to have a broken nose by the end of the game.’ ”

      Dorsett on Matheson incident ” I definitely would have probably confronted him, nothing against the guys who didn’t. If I didn’t see it, I would probably do it next game, just ask him kindly, wouldn’t go cheap shot him but make sure he knew that it was unacceptable.”

      Rick Dhaliwal‏ @DhaliwalSports

  • Hack-smack-whack

    Enjoy your pregames 94 but come on, temper the hype a little please. Yes, EP is going to be great and I’m as excited as the next fan, but history tells us he’s shooting an unsustainable rate. Yes, he’ll get better and stronger, but goaltenders will eventually get better reads and start cheating on him, and defenders are going to be draped all over him, especially as we go down the stretch and playoffs approach.
    He’s had a fantastic start and been able to hit his spots for a nice stretch. I just hope he can stay healthy; there’s a lot of games that are really going to mean something to the opposition second half of the year.

  • Kootenaydude

    Last game we got a solid 20 minutes out of the Canucks. Unfortunately the game was over 60 minutes long. Hopefully we see some effort. That last game sucked. I was having Willie D flashbacks.

  • detox

    Sorry, but I’m still liking the EP40 hype. It wouldn’t surprise me if the kid started levitating to evade checks. 😉
    It is just so awesome that the kid is a Canuck. So focused and determined. His play makes Canuck games must watch tv again. I’m enjoying the season.

    • Hack-smack-whack

      Agree completely and I wouldn’t bet against him. But we also know games are played differently against the stars of the league, especially down the stretch. Concerns about his durability in this league are appropriate. At least until he reaches 185 or more.

      • kermit

        The marketing of the game is getting to be driven more and more by its star players. Much like basketball. Elias is appearing in a lot nightly highlights. The league probably knows they’ve got a good thing happening here and officials will start to give him the star treatment if he continues to dazzle.