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Canucks Army Game Day 19 – Canucks @ Rangers (Tale of Two Rebuilds Edition)

THE INTRO

Last season, the New York Rangers published a letter to its fans stating they were going into a rebuild. They sold off assets to help this rebuild take place and were up front about the process. The Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup eight years ago and have tried to figure out how to stay competitive ever since. Vancouver has admitted to “retooling on the fly”  or whatever that is supposed to mean so they could sell the idea of staying in the playoff hunt whilst rebuilding.

Eight years.

Tonight, a new Canucks team brings its recently found exciting brand of hockey to the mecca of sports entertainment, Madison Square Garden. Elias Pettersson has never played in this building but with the NHL offices in the Big Apple, the League will get a first-hand look at its next star.

If the Canucks can manage to not blow any leads tonight, they can continue on their Cinderella-like start.

Let’s Do This!™

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 4:00 PM

 

LINEUPS

Brock Boeser is the latest addition to the IR as he is back in Vancouver recovering from his groin issue. There are no updates on Brandon Sutter, Alex Edler, Jay Beagle, Sven Baertschi, or Anders Nilsson. The scary thing to look at is Baertschi, he’s been out almost three weeks with the concussion and there is no end in sight.

Jacob Markstrom will be called upon once again to backstop the Canucks to victory.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.6#121 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 76.6#40 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 73.0#58 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.06#30 FL1
Nikolay Goldobin
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 71.8#85 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 76.4#42 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.0#79 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.41#25 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 72.3#75 LW

Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 72.2#112 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 68.4#123 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.94#25 FL3
Darren Archibald
DARREN ARCHIBALD

Rating: 70.7#101 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 72.3#110 C

Brendan Leipsic
BRENDAN LEIPSIC

Rating: 71.3#92 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.45#12 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Derrick Pouliot
DERRICK POULIOT

Rating: 71.0#94 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 70.9#79 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 70.99#30 DL1
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 71.2#90 LD

Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 70.2#92 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 70.71#28 DL2
Michael Del Zotto
MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO

Rating: 71.9#75 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.9#60 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.93#19 DL3

 

Mats Zuccarello is day-to-day with a groin strain and is likely to miss tonight’s matchup. He should see if it’s an abductor muscle, I hear those are going around right now.  Pavel Buchnvich has a broken thumb and will be out 4-6 weeks.

Henrik Lundqvist should be the starter for tonight’s game.

Rangers lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Vladislav Namestnikov
VLADISLAV NAMESTNIKOV

Rating: 71.5#89 LW

Mika Zibanejad
MIKA ZIBANEJAD

Rating: 77.6#33 C

Pavel Buchnevich
PAVEL BUCHNEVICH

Rating: 71.6#88 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.57#29 FL1
Chris Kreider
CHRIS KREIDER

Rating: 76.3#26 LW

Kevin Hayes
KEVIN HAYES

Rating: 74.8#54 C

Ryan Spooner
RYAN SPOONER

Rating: 71.2#92 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.08#16 FL2
Jimmy Vesey
JIMMY VESEY

Rating: 72.2#79 LW

Brett Howden
BRETT HOWDEN

Rating: 73.9#65 C

Jesper Fast
JESPER FAST

Rating: 70.7#103 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.27#15 FL3
Cody McLeod
CODY MCLEOD

Rating: 65.6#138 LW

Lias Andersson
LIAS ANDERSSON

Rating: 72.1#114 C

Filip Chytil
FILIP CHYTIL

Rating: 70.8#100 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.51#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Brady Skjei
BRADY SKJEI

Rating: 72.5#60 LD

Anthony DeAngelo
ANTHONY DEANGELO

Rating: 72.1#57 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.28#26 DL1
Marc Staal
MARC STAAL

Rating: 69.2#124 LD

Neal Pionk
NEAL PIONK

Rating: 71.5#69 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 70.35#30 DL2
Fredrik Claesson
FREDRIK CLAESSON

Rating: 70.2#111 LD

Kevin Shattenkirk
KEVIN SHATTENKIRK

Rating: 75.0#29 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.57#11 DL3

THE INFORMATION YOU NEED AND DEFINITELY SOME YOU DON’T

  • It’s going to take awhile for the Canucks to get the stats back in their favour against the Rangers since the 2013/14 season began. The Canucks have almost been outscored by NYR 2-1 in that time with a 27-40 GF/GA ratio. Admittedly, many of those Canucks teams didn’t have much to brag about so taking the season series this year with even one high-scoring affair could tilt the axis back in the Canucks direction.
  • Last season, the Canucks lost both games to the Rangers after 60 minutes, once in OT and the other in a shootout. Loui Eriksson and Jake Virtanen both scored when the Canucks made the trip to MSG and Jacob Markstrom went the distance but couldn’t outlast Henrik Lundqvist. With Loui and Jake’s recent run of success, an encore would be a welcome addition to the game.
  • Jake Virtanen is creating a cult following this season and he’s doing it without having to be on the ice all that much. His nine points are tied for fifth on the team while he sits 19th in TOI/GP with 13:45. Jake has played in all 18 games thus far, and he’s ahead of six players of which only two, Antoine Roussel and Adam Gaudette have played at least 12 games. When Jake plays, he’s a difference maker. Pettersson is getting all the attention but Virtanen might start forcing himself into the spotlight.
  • Elias Pettersson might be human afterall. He has been held pointless in three games this season with his most recent effort in Buffalo, being included in that stat. The game in Buffalo saw Pettersson play his highest minutes yet as a Canuck, but fear not Canucks fans; half of Pettersson’s goals have come on the road so far which means he’s likely to light the lamp again.
  • Cody Mcleod is third in the NHL with 32 PIM in 11 games played. He’s in the lineup as of now so the Canucks almost bank that they’ll see at least one powerplay courtesy of Cody. Antoine Roussel will probably see a few minutes against him and our pest will have to be more disciplined than theirs if the Canucks want to stay ahead on the scoreboard.

MY 94 CENTS

They did it again. I finally bought into the hype this season, I drank the Kool-Aid and WHAM! They did it again. Vancouver had that game against Buffalo locked down and they Canucks’d it up. The Rangers have been a weird opponent for the Canucks: before the rebuild the Canucks were great, after it 3-4-0-3 including a shootout loss.

I’m getting back on the horse tonight and predicting the Canucks make good after their collapse a few days ago.

THE FINAL WORD

  • detox

    “Vancouver had that game against Buffalo locked down and they Canucks’d it up” but were you not entertained?

    Good prediction. win or lose, loving the way the team is playing. great tempo and scoring chances.

  • Kanuckhotep

    It would seem Vancouver has a tougher time against so called rebuilding teams as what took place with Detroit and Buffalo and the NY Rangers are pretty much in that same boat. These younger teams are pretty hard to play against surprisingly and just look at the standings to see where more veteran teams are headed. Still the Canucks continue to compete hard and I’m sure Green won’t let his squad take the NYR lightly. Time to light ‘me up, Goldy.

  • Rusty bucket

    “Mats Zuccarello is day-to-day with a groin strain and is likely to miss tonight’s matchup. He should see if it’s an abductor muscle, I hear those are going around right now.”

    I think you meant ADDuctor muscles. In reality, a groin strain is synonymous with an adductor muscles strain. The adductor muscles are a group of several muscles, most commonly injured are the adductor longus, gracilis, and adductor magnus, but the others include pectineus and adductor brevis. There’s some anatomy for yah!

  • TD

    I don’t understand the start to this article which seemed to indicate the Canucks have been rebuilding/retooling for 8 years since the run to the cup. First, it has only been 7 seasons since the 2011 Stanley Cup. They weren’t rebuilding in 2011-12, they were the President Trophy recipients with a league leading 111 points. In 2012-13, they were the top seed in the old North West Division. 2013-14 was the year they missed the playoffs before bouncing back in 2014-15. They were not rebuilding the first couple years as they were winning regular season banners, but should have started after the they missed the playoffs. The retooling and making the playoffs in 2014-15 delayed the inevitable. It may have been an longer rebuild/retool than it should have been. but I’m not sure where 8 years comes from or how being the Presidents Trophy winners means you were rebuilding/retooling.