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Canucks Army Game Day 30 – Canucks Vs. Wild (Contain Your Excitement Edition)

THE INTRO

Containing your excitement for a Canucks/Wild game is hard to do at any point in the season but when the Wild are on a three-game losing streak and the Canucks are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games, you know frustration has to boil over and someone has to step their game up. Jim Benning had a busy day yesterday making a trade for TOR Josh Leivo and he could have an immediate impact by getting a shot in the top-6.

Somewhere Jake Virtanen is not pleased.

Let’s Do This!™

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 7:00 PM

 

LINEUPS

Almost all signs point to Jay Beagle returning to the Canucks lineup tonight. Vancouver will have to make a roster move to allow Beagle to play and Adam Gaudette makes the most sense as he can get more top line minutes in Utica. Sven Baertschi is still out with a concussion.

The LA Kings claimed Brendan Leipsic off waivers but fear not, Jim Benning traded for Josh Leivo yesterday and he should make his Canucks debut this evening.

Jacob Markstrom should factor into tonight’s game and with Jay Beagle back in the lineup there will be one more person to hopefully keep the puck away from Markstrom and that alone is a reason to be optimistic.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Sam Gagner
SAM GAGNER

Rating: 71.5#125 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 76.1#38 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.1#88 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 72.83#31 FL1
Nikolay Goldobin
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 71.0#91 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 76.0#39 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 82.0#3 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.21#6 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 70.3#109 LW

Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 70.8#144 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 71.5#82 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.84#25 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.3#130 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 71.8#117 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 68.9#112 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.70#28 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 74.7#27 LD

Alex Biega
ALEX BIEGA

Rating: 70.9#88 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.80#23 DL1
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 70.1#113 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.8#61 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.00#27 DL2
Michael Del Zotto
MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO

Rating: 72.0#72 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 70.7#91 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.38#19 DL3

 

The Wild are the picture of health as far as their lineup is concerned. Their record on the other hand, well, the Canucks aren’t jealous.

Devan Dubnyk is the expected starter. We’ve been wrong before… many times.

Wild lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Parise
ZACH PARISE

Rating: 76.0#28 LW

Mikko Koivu
MIKKO KOIVU

Rating: 75.2#48 C

Nino Niederreiter
NINO NIEDERREITER

Rating: 74.1#39 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.11#24 FL1
Jason Zucker
JASON ZUCKER

Rating: 77.7#21 LW

Eric Staal
ERIC STAAL

Rating: 81.9#10 C

Mikael Granlund
MIKAEL GRANLUND

Rating: 79.4#25 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 79.63#2 FL2
Jordan Greenway
JORDAN GREENWAY

Rating: 72.2#84 LW

Joel Eriksson Ek
JOEL ERIKSSON EK

Rating: 70.8#148 C

Charlie Coyle
CHARLIE COYLE

Rating: 71.7#122 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.55#19 FL3
Marcus Foligno
MARCUS FOLIGNO

Rating: 69.7#121 LW

Eric Fehr
ERIC FEHR

Rating: 70.3#99 C

J.T. Brown
J.T. BROWN

Rating: 68.0#116 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.33#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ryan Suter
RYAN SUTER

Rating: 79.4#5 LD

Jared Spurgeon
JARED SPURGEON

Rating: 77.8#16 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 78.56#3 DL1
Jonas Brodin
JONAS BRODIN

Rating: 74.4#32 LD

Mathew Dumba
MATHEW DUMBA

Rating: 79.1#14 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 76.73#2 DL2
Nick Seeler
NICK SEELER

Rating: 72.1#68 LD

Greg Pateryn
GREG PATERYN

Rating: 71.7#64 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.89#14 DL3

 

INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • It’s been repeated again and again: the Canucks power play is atrocious. Vancouver is 1/14 with the man-advantage in their last five games. They’re predictable, to say the least. I make a suggestion below but c’mon Travis, change it up. You have two of the best shooters in the league and the puck isn’t even making it all the way to the goalie.
  • The Canucks last four games have alternated with a single goal then multiple-goal efforts. Last game against Dallas, Vancouver managed just one while the game against Vegas had three goals-for, and alternating single and multi-goal games against the Kings. Tonight would be a multi-goal game and just when you think you have the Canucks figured out, they throw you a curveball. Adding Beagle back into the lineup will allow for more balanced ice-time for players like Bo Horvat and Elias Pettersson up the middle.
  • There is no sign of relief for Bo Horvat’s ice time. Last game was his fourth-highest ice time of the season at just over 24 minutes. Travis Green would be wise to allow his top point producer to breathe for longer than a shift at a time. Bo is their future and is their future captain. He needs to be in the lineup for these things to happen and if Green skates him to exhaustion, losing Bo to a serious injury will force the Canucks further back in their rebuild.
  • Jacob Markstrom has one win in his last nine games. Four of those nine, he allowed four or more goals. He’s been one of the whipping boys as of late but there has been next to no goal scoring to give him some breathing room. The Canucks need Markstrom to be their number one because they really don’t have one. Thatcher Demko isn’t quite ready yet, so unless Markstrom is #teamtank, he’ll have to apply what he’s learned from goalie coach Ian Clark a little more often.
  • Brock Boeser may have only played four games in November but he made the most of them: He finished first in S/GP with 5.67, third in G/GP with 1.33 and second overall in P/GP with 2.00. It wasn’t Brocktober or NovemBoeser but it could be the start of DecemBrock. All bad names aside, Boeser has returned to the lineup in peak shape and there is no reason to believer he can’t have a monster month ahead.

MY 94 CENTS

Oh, you think the Canucks can pull this off? The Wild haven’t changed their formula in practically forever so a trap-like game could be upon us. Elias Pettersson needs a comeback game as does Brock Boeser and I wouldn’t be surprised if at least one of those two makes it happen. The Canucks need to get that power-play going though, it’s horrendous! They also need to give their goalies some run support. The frustration that builds when they continue to get chances is too much sometimes.

Start with moving the pieces around and maybe move Pettersson to the top of the diamond, keep Boeser in his spot, Gagner at net front and give Jake Virtanen some love. Honestly, put Bo on that piece and run a 5 FWD unit. Pettersson can backcheck he’s terrific as is Bo.

TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT!

THE FINAL WORD

Bo Horvat will not be given a gift this year for Christmas. I hear stitched “C” letters aren’t that expensive.

  • Are you being sarcastic about the Wild’s record? They’re five points up on the Canucks with three games in hand, and are in a playoff spot. Why wouldn’t the Canucks want that record?

  • Chalister Court Canuck

    Here, I’ll post the repetitive, cliche-ridden horses**t to usurp backed up bob the village idiot pre-game troll for y’all…

    “Need the goalie to stop some shots, need the forwards to score some goals, we need to work hard down low and tighten up at the back.This is a winnable game. I can’t wait, hockey is back. Go nucks go.”

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz laughable isn’t it.

  • This must be the winnable game of December everyone is talking about.

    1 – 8 – 1 in our last 10. That’s a November to forget, although Canucks were in most games. Lucky bounce here and there and things could be different, but here we are.

    Hope Sven Baertschi recovers soon.

    Welcome to the West coast Josh Leivo.

    Go Nucks Go!

  • josevancouver

    “Jacob Markstrom should factor into tonight’s game” – Why the HELL should Markstrom play tonight. Anders Nilsson played great against Dallas and was easily one of the best players for the Canucks.

    “The Canucks need Markstrom to be their number one because they really don’t have one. Thatcher Demko isn’t quite ready yet, so unless Markstrom is #teamtank, he’ll have to apply what he’s learned from goalie coach Ian Clark a little more often.” – Why do the Canucks need Markstrom to be their number one? Why can’t Nilsson play more??

    Here is the issue I have: Green plays Markstrom despite Markstrom being awful this season. Nilsson played great last game and had some great games earlier in this season. He sits. Markstrom plays despite being awful this season (did I not already mention this?). Then – Nilsson plays another game two weeks later and is cold and doesn’t play well – and Green craps all over him. What do you think will happen when you don’t get to play enough and the other goalie has played awful this season (did I not mention that??).

    • Ty Webb

      Losing sucks and it’s frustrating to see Nilsson sitting when he is clearly the better option but the Canucks desperately need Markstrom to find some consistency as they have no other solutions in net at this point and unfortunately that means giving him more starts.

      • Beer Can Boyd

        I agree that based on the Dallas game, Nilsson deserves the start tonight over Markstromm, but for the most part, I think Green should go with the “win and you’re in” philosophy. Meritocracy, remember that from pre-season?

        • Ty Webb

          With the current 1a/1b goalie situation and neither goalie showing any ability to be consistently good for long stretches I think win and you’re in would be a sound approach but as long as the Canucks brass continue to view Markstrom as “the starter” he is going to be given a long leash to figure it out.

    • DJ_44

      Nilsson is starting tonight. The lineup is not as it is presented. Gagner has been sent down to the AHL, Goldobin out, Beagle in, Leivo in; Gudbranson is a game time decision.

  • wojohowitz

    I have to agree with the tone of the article. Green is starting to look like Willie in that he doesn`t know how to shake the team up so he keeps doing what doesn`t work. How about Biega plays once a week or a big body in front of the net on the power play like Virtanen or Schaller or Gaudette or no Granlund on special teams or let somebody besides Horvat take faceoffs. Willie was notorious for not adjusting during the game. A 1-8-1 stretch screams for a shake up.

      • wojohowitz

        Gagner looked okay so maybe they were showcasing him and hoping someone like LA will pick up his contract. I`m curious about Leivo – maybe some PP time or a top six role. Are they really helping Gaudette by keeping him around with minimal minutes or is a deal in the works with Gaudette as a key player to be moved?

        • DJ_44

          I agree they should play him more or send him to Utica. He has looked solid. As for Gags …. meh. It is what it is.

          I suspect that it was Leipsic that was on his way to TO if he cleared. He didn’t so Carcone was moved instead.