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Canucks Army Game Day 20 – Canucks @ Islanders (Oh! and ’82 Edition)

THE INTRO

Erase and rewind as the Canucks move on to face the Islanders at the Barclays Center this evening. Losing a tight battle to the Rangers one night ago will still be fresh on the Canucks minds but the Islanders are waiting to complete the New York sweep of the West Coast team. Both Vancouver and New York are in the middle of losing streaks but it’s the Canucks who have seen their streak continue longer at three games to two.

It won’t be a rematch of the Calder trophy candidates from a season ago as Brock Boeser is week-to-week recovering from his groin injury. Mat Barzal, Anders Lee and Josh Bailey are all within striking distance of the scoring leaders so this won’t be a cupcake matchup. Hopefully, the Canucks will get a bit of their own puck luck that has bitten them a few times on the trip thus far. Clanging pucks off the post are getting annoying and it’s only a matter of time before they start bouncing in. Maybe tonight’s game is the one that turns it around.

Let’s Do This!™

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 4:00 PM

 

LINEUPS

 

If this is your first time checking out a game day thread and you have no idea what’s going on with the Canucks, let’s run it down for ya:

The Canucks are severely depleted in healthy talent because of the injuries to Alex Edler (knee), Brandon Sutter (shoulder), Jay Beagle (wrist), Brock Boeser (groin), Sven Baertschi (concussion), Anders Nilsson (finger), and Canucks (roster). It may have taken a hit with Elias Pettersson blocking a shot last night but hopefully, he’s ok for today.

Richard Bachman should get the start tonight after Jacob Markstrom was asked to take on a lot yesterday. Richard Bachman is a serviceable replacement so it would be wise to give Markstrom the night off. The Canucks are stubborn though, and will throw Markstrom to the wolves.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 72.3#76 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 76.6#39 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 73.0#60 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.95#29 FL1
Nikolay Goldobin
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 71.8#85 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 76.4#41 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.0#74 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.41#22 FL2
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.6#121 LW

Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 72.2#116 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 68.4#116 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.06#30 FL3
Darren Archibald
DARREN ARCHIBALD

Rating: 70.7#100 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 72.3#112 C

Brendan Leipsic
BRENDAN LEIPSIC

Rating: 71.3#92 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.45#9 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Derrick Pouliot
DERRICK POULIOT

Rating: 71.0#92 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 70.9#79 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 70.99#29 DL1
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 71.2#88 LD

Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 70.2#91 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 70.70#29 DL2
Michael Del Zotto
MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO

Rating: 71.9#74 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.9#60 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.93#15 DL3

 

Good news always starts first: Luca Sbisa will draw back into the Islanders lineup this evening for Adam Pelech. Will we see a pizza delivery in favour of the Canucks tonight? One can only hope. Matt Martin is still day-to-day with an upper-body injury. This is the first time the Canucks will face the Islanders without John Tavares but it doesn’t mean it will be any easier to try to beat them.

Thomas Greiss will get the start .

Islanders lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Anders Lee
ANDERS LEE

Rating: 77.0#21 LW

Mathew Barzal
MATHEW BARZAL

Rating: 78.5#27 C

Josh Bailey
JOSH BAILEY

Rating: 74.6#40 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.69#22 FL1
Andrew Ladd
ANDREW LADD

Rating: 72.1#80 LW

Brock Nelson
BROCK NELSON

Rating: 73.0#92 C

Jordan Eberle
JORDAN EBERLE

Rating: 75.7#29 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.60#20 FL2
Tom Kuhnhackl
TOM KUHNHACKL

Rating: 67.8#136 LW

Valtteri Filppula
VALTTERI FILPPULA

Rating: 70.7#151 C

Leo Komarov
LEO KOMAROV

Rating: 68.5#130 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 69.02#31 FL3
Anthony Beauvillier
ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER

Rating: 71.8#84 LW

Casey Cizikas
CASEY CIZIKAS

Rating: 72.5#104 C

Cal Clutterbuck
CAL CLUTTERBUCK

Rating: 68.7#113 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.99#15 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Nick Leddy
NICK LEDDY

Rating: 72.0#72 LD

Ryan Pulock
RYAN PULOCK

Rating: 69.0#97 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 70.49#31 DL1
Thomas Hickey
THOMAS HICKEY

Rating: 72.1#69 LD

Scott Mayfield
SCOTT MAYFIELD

Rating: 71.0#78 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.57#22 DL2
Adam Pelech
ADAM PELECH

Rating: 72.3#64 LD

Johnny Boychuk
JOHNNY BOYCHUK

Rating: 72.5#46 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.43#11 DL3

 

THE INFORMATION YOU NEED AND DEFINITELY SOME YOU DON’T

  • Nikolay Goldbin had a game to forget yesterday. Even though he scored, he was in the penalty box twice and the timing of his goal came as a result of taking a penalty first. Travis Green will not reward games like this so don’t expect to see Goldobin as one of the top minute munchers this evening.
  • Loui Eriksson is having some kind of November. The man known in some circles as “Little Things Loui” or “Littlethinger” has four goals this month along with three assists. Last November, Eriksson had 10 points and most of them came towards the end of the month. Is Loui just a big fan of November or is he about to change the narrative that he’s all washed up? If Eriksson continues to match his numbers from a season ago, expect a big January but not much else.
  • Elias Pettersson won Rookie of the Month honours for October but after reading that little stat pack about Loui, maybe the player of the month honours are on the horizon for both of these guys. Pettersson and Eriksson are tied with seven points this month, sure that’s currently five back of Blake Wheeler and Mark Stone, but Vancouver’s uber-rookie is getting challenged from the elder statesman. (Don’t @ me)
  • The losses of Alex Edler, Jay Beagle, and Brandon Sutter are quite noticeable on the PK. Jacob Markstrom is one of the busiest goaltenders this month and has allowed the most PPG as well in November. Even one of those players coming back changes the dynamic of the penalty kill; a goal a game lately is the difference between winning and losing, between living and dy… OK this isn’t Any Given Sunday.
  • Did you know: the Canucks have never defeated the Islanders in the playoffs? Sure, you’ll bring up 1982 but they actually lost two games in 1976 as well. It was a best of three preliminary round and even back then before the defeat in the Stanley Cup Final, the Canucks weren’t ready for what they faced.
  • The line of Pettersson, Virtanen, and Goldobin has the highest CF% of any group on the team this season that has seen at least 10 games as a line. Their 66.67% should be noted and has also produced a goal.

MY 94 CENTS

It’s more of the same for the Canucks this evening. Brock Boeser was injured against this very team last season but the jokes on them, HE’S ALREADY HURT! There are positives to take out of similar situations though, the Canucks snapped a three-game losing streak against the Islanders last year, Jake Virtanen scored, Darren Archibald did as well, and Brendan Leipsic had a big two-goal performance. I’m all for lightning striking twice and with the luck, the Canucks have had with posts and near goal experiences, the optimism train is only a town away.

There’s word it has a pitstop in Brooklyn.

THE FINAL WORD

Never in all my years would I have seen a comment like this become a reality.

  • LACANUCK

    I don’t think Guddy has been the best player on the trip, that would be Brock and then EP.
    I have been very impressed with how Guddy has performed! Is this the guy we actually traded for? I still remember when the trade went down Willie Mitchell tweeted out. “WTF?”. Seemed he thought Guddy was a keeper. Let’s see if the injuries were what held him back or if this is just a hot streak.
    Hopefully he is right settled and ready to play solid tough hockey.

  • Me

    Can we be done with Goldobin already? We made fun of Sbisa for his pizzas, but the borscht Goldy keeps serving up is killing the team. It seems like every time he’s got the puck in the offensive zone he coughs it up, especially in the Rangers game. A couple of times it nearly led to a goal, and once he utterly failed to cover for his D. I know they don’t want to risk him getting picked off waivers, but something’s got to be done to send the kid a message. He’s either got to sit or get traded, IMO. Honestly if he got picked off waivers I’d breathe a sigh of relief. I am just so sick of seeing EP40 hobbled by having such a terrible player on his wing.

    Can we start calling him Goblin, or Giveaway, he sure isn’t Gold. Perhaps The Giveaway Goblin would suit him best?

    • Jim "Dumpster Fire" Benning

      Watching Goldy on PP1 is brutal. As soon as he sets up on the halfwall, he tries to force passes cross ice which are easily picked off. He’s been doing it for the better part of 3 weeks now and just doesnt seem to learn.

  • Matty T

    Tumbleweeds from the cheerleader trolls today – love it.

    The team looked totally bagged last night, how on Earth are they going to find their legs against the surging Isles after humiliating back-to=back losses against two other lowly rebuilders who already look light years ahead in my expert opinion. The suffering is real.

  • Kanuckhotep

    For the time being Goldobin will be on this team and in the line up because of present circumstances. In terms of scoring depth who else have they got? Sure would like to NG#77 become an all round player. if he’d’ve capitalized on all those glorious set ups by Petey both guys would have many more scoring points. Whether Goldobin is still there when the Canucks finally turn the corner in this league remains to be seen. Jury is still out on this young Russian IMO.

    • “Jury is still out on this young Russian.”

      Goldy needs a big helping of good luck to finish his chances. That will come, but until that happens his mistakes get full attention. He turned 23 in October, so there’s time, but not too much time. His prime years are straight ahead.
      This is his “Golden” opportunity to shine, while injuries overwhelm this team.

    • Me

      Jury’s out?
      Nah, they came back last year with a guilty verdict. His lawyers put in a last-minute appeal, but it’s looking pretty damn shaky. He doesn’t work hard enough, think fast enough, or focus well enough to be an NHLer. They need to trade him for whatever they can get ASAP. A bag of pucks would be a step up.

      • LACANUCK

        Work is the key word. Talented guys like Goldy and Jake can skate up the ranks based on talent alone, then they hit the NHL and there is talent everywhere. You need to work at doing the little things like….

        Covering for a pinching Dman or you leave Tanev on a 3-1. He was focused on the puck not being aware of the situation. I see a little more talented Sven and Granlund here. Incomplete players that made strides to become solid NHLers. Grandy scored with the Twins, but remade himself to stick with the club. Travis Green was a scorer in Junior that changed his game to be a long time NHLer. I think Goldy will get it, since he has been more complete this season. Will he last once the Dahlins of Utica start graduating??? He has this year, then who knows.

        Hanson did jack with the Sharks so it was worth a shot at a talented flawed kid.

    • DeL

      I like him with Brock and Bo he can learn about compete and complete from these two, especially Horvat who has upped his game every year he’s been in the league

  • Kootenaydude

    Going to be a tough game fore the Canucks, but at least it isn’t a 10 AM start. Goldobin definitely going thru growing pains. Hopefully he starts to put it a little more effort.

  • Tevares leaving the Island has to be a big loss. How could that not sting, losing him for nothing. If that happened here, the fan base would freak out, but no Tevares is good news for Canucks tonight. I bet Trotz has the Isles pumped, but this is a winnable game.

    Go Nucks Go!

  • LACANUCK

    #1. Why is there no recap for an East Coast game? I will do it for CA.
    Travis started Marky for no good reason! Bachman is capable, professional and more often than not… players play for the backup.
    #2. Why on Earth did Travis start Markstrom?
    He should have given Richie the puck and challenged everyone to rally around him.
    Nope