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Canucks Army Game Day 33 – Canucks @ Blue Jackets (Silencing The Cannon Edition)

THE INTRO

The Canucks carry on their road trip into THE Columbus, Ohio to take on John Tortorella’s Blue Jackets. They’re cranky after losing a forgetful game to the Capitals and the Canucks are riding a mini-wave of momentum with a chipper two-game win streak. Add to that, Vancouver hasn’t lost to the Blue Jackets in almost two years to the date and we have ourselves a statement game.

Elias Pettersson was just awarded the NHL’s first start of the week, again, and it feels like there isn’t much he can’t do right now. He brought Tort’s Murphy bed from Vancouver on the road trip because all of Pettersson’s shots are going to be sleeping in CBJ’s net tonight. SNAP!

Let’s Do This!™

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 4:00 PM

LINEUPS

Sven Baertschi skated yesterday in a non-contact jersey which is great news. There is no rush for him to return but adding his talent is an opportunity for the Canucks to put another contributing forward in the lineup and make Tim Schaller sit. It still baffles the mind why Jim Benning thought he would be a good addition.

Loui Eriksson has done more. There, it’s been said.

Jacob Markstrom should be the starter tonight. He’s been pretty darn good in the last few games.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Nikolay Goldobin
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 70.5#115 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 76.4#39 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.5#86 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 72.81#31 FL1
Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 73.0#57 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 76.0#42 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 80.8#6 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.59#5 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 71.2#100 LW

Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 70.6#152 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 71.4#94 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.06#24 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 70.2#118 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.4#185 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 69.2#111 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.94#31 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 74.6#30 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 70.3#86 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.46#26 DL1
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 70.6#105 LD

Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 69.0#102 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 69.79#29 DL2
Derrick Pouliot
DERRICK POULIOT

Rating: 69.8#116 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.2#71 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.50#24 DL3

 

Columbus is as healthy as a horse (did I use that one yet?) but considering they were hot trash last game, expect to see some lineup tweaks for today’s game. #hottrash.

Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin both have 31 points on the season, one ahead of a certain Canucks rookie. Pierre-Luc Dubois has also had a great start to his season centering one of the better lines in hockey. Again, don’t sleep on this Blue Jackets team, the Canucks have won two in a row but CBJ is right in the thick of it in the East.

Sergei Bobrovsky should get the start tonight because they can’t afford to put in a backup right now.

Blue Jackets lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Artemi Panarin
ARTEMI PANARIN

Rating: 80.8#8 LW

Pierre-Luc Dubois
PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS

Rating: 77.6#33 C

Cam Atkinson
CAM ATKINSON

Rating: 81.7#3 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 80.05#9 FL1
Nick Foligno
NICK FOLIGNO

Rating: 72.8#61 LW

Boone Jenner
BOONE JENNER

Rating: 73.5#67 C

Josh Anderson
JOSH ANDERSON

Rating: 74.9#35 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.74#13 FL2
Brandon Dubinsky
BRANDON DUBINSKY

Rating: 70.2#156 LW

Alexander Wennberg
ALEXANDER WENNBERG

Rating: 71.9#113 C

Anthony Duclair
ANTHONY DUCLAIR

Rating: 71.1#93 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.07#23 FL3
Markus Hannikainen
MARKUS HANNIKAINEN

Rating: 71.4#95 LW

Riley Nash
RILEY NASH

Rating: 71.9#114 C

Oliver Bjorkstrand
OLIVER BJORKSTRAND

Rating: 71.6#81 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.63#6 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ryan Murray
RYAN MURRAY

Rating: 72.9#51 LD

Seth Jones
SETH JONES

Rating: 79.8#10 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.38#9 DL1
Zach Werenski
ZACH WERENSKI

Rating: 75.5#23 LD

Scott Harrington
SCOTT HARRINGTON

Rating: 69.5#95 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.53#20 DL2
David Savard
DAVID SAVARD

Rating: 72.4#50 LD

Markus Nutivaara
MARKUS NUTIVAARA

Rating: 72.4#48 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.43#8 DL3

 

BRAND NEW INFORMATION FOR THIS GAME

  • Elias Pettersson is getting it done. You can tweet his name if you’re a Vancouver sports media member and instantly get 500 likes.

  • Pettersson is currently 11 points ahead of Colin White of the Senators and to be perfectly honest, the Sens aren’t high on the list of must-see hockey so the casual fan probably doesn’t even know who he is. Rasmus Dahlin is 16 points behind Pettersson while Brady Tkachuk is slightly closer with 14 points behind the Calder favourite. What does EP40 do for his next act? He’s running out of rabbits but knowing him, he’s been cloning them for weeks.
  • Travis Green needs to give Nikolay Goldobin a lot more props than he has lately. Goldobin leads all active-roster Canucks forwards with a 5.4 RelCF% rating. He even has Pettersson beat by almost a mark and a half. How this man is in Green’s doghouse is ridiculous. He deserves way more credit than he’s been given. Maybe he needs a “back pat”.
  • It isn’t the power play and it’s not the PK but Troy Stecher’s presence at 5v5 is helping goals go in the net. He’s the top Canucks defender with a RelGF% of 21.41. Hopefully, the coaching staff starts to utilize him more as the set piece to get Pettersson/Boeser in motion.
  • It doesn’t get talked about a ton but Tyler Motte has been a great addition to the Canucks. His addition to both the PK and as a valuable checking forward is turning heads, or one person’s anyway. On the PK, Motte is eating power plays alive. He leads the Canucks (and the entire NHL) with five individual penalties drawn while killing a penalty, he leads all Canucks in iCF on the PK with six, and of the seven penalty killers having played more than 50 minutes shorthanded, he leads them all as well with an iCF/60 of 4.71. He’s doing the little things which are turning into big things as the season carries on. Don’t expect Motte to be healthy scratched for a while.

MY 94 CENTS

Here’s what I’m thinking: the Canucks have won two-straight games, it’s contagious, people love it. The Blue Jackets lost a stinker against the Capitals and they’re upset. On the surface, it looks like the Canucks could pull off an upset with a distracted CBJ team but realistically Columbus just needs to focus and the Canucks might have to play catchup the whole night.

Elias Pettersson is having himself a week to remember… again and Brock Boeser is on the cusp of his next breakout; I can’t see the Canucks making an example of the Blue Jackets and even though CBJ have gone 5-5 in their last 10 while the Canucks have gone 3-6-1, these two teams aren’t all that close.

Expect the Canucks to work hard and force a one-goal game. They might even win.

THE FINAL WORD

OK, this came out before my first coffee yesterday but imagine this becomes a thing and they score so many points it ends up being about who does the best “good job bud”? I’m all for this idea.