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Canucks Army Game Day 33 – Canucks @ Predators (Str3king Edition)

THE INTRO

Vancouver heads to Music City to take on the Nashville Predators in the sequel of the home and home Thursday series this month. The Canucks are surging on a three-game win streak while Nashville is coming off of a win as well. The bounces are starting to go Vancouver’s way and everyone that knows hockey knows that puck luck evens itself out.

If Jacob Markstrom (possibly Anders Nilsson) can manage to stop the first shot of the game, the Canucks have a chance to make something happen. Travis Green is getting contributions from his entire lineup and the team game is starting to pay off. It’s not out of the question that the Canucks challenge for a win this evening.

Let’s Do This!™

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 5:00 PM

LINEUPS

Sven Baertschi is close. It doesn’t sound like game action for him quite yet but he’s close and that is great to hear. The top two lines have carried the Canucks on the scoresheet in the last few games but the bottom-six has made an impact as well. Tyler Motte is leading the rush in the energy department and his presence has been noticed.

Michael Del Zotto most likely is healthy-scratched again and it begs the question of how many more games he’ll see in a Canucks uniform?

Anders Nilsson is in net tonight. Let’s hope for the best.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Nikolay Goldobin
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 70.5#109 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 76.5#40 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.3#86 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 72.79#30 FL1
Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 72.9#54 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 77.9#33 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 82.6#2 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.81#3 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 71.3#97 LW

Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 70.1#161 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 71.3#96 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.92#26 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 70.2#116 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.3#190 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 69.4#108 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.94#29 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 74.2#35 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 70.3#88 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.25#26 DL1
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 71.0#99 LD

Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 69.3#96 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 70.16#29 DL2
Derrick Pouliot
DERRICK POULIOT

Rating: 70.4#112 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.8#57 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.07#24 DL3

 

There are no changes from last week’s matchup regarding injuries. Viktor Arvidson, P.K Subban, Kyle Turris, and Filip Forsberg are all out with injuries.

Pekka Rinne should start. He’s their guy and aside from his bad start last week, he should be ready to shut the door tonight.

Predators lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Ryan Hartman
RYAN HARTMAN

Rating: 72.8#58 LW

Ryan Johansen
RYAN JOHANSEN

Rating: 76.6#38 C

Kevin Fiala
KEVIN FIALA

Rating: 75.7#29 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.03#26 FL1
Eeli Tolvanen
EELI TOLVANEN

Rating: 73.3#49 LW

Calle Jarnkrok
CALLE JARNKROK

Rating: 73.0#82 C

Craig Smith
CRAIG SMITH

Rating: 75.7#32 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.00#15 FL2
Colton Sissons
COLTON SISSONS

Rating: 73.1#80 LW

Nick Bonino
NICK BONINO

Rating: 71.1#135 C

Austin Watson
AUSTIN WATSON

Rating: 72.1#71 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.08#13 FL3
Miikka Salomaki
MIIKKA SALOMAKI

Rating: 69.7#121 LW

Frederick Gaudreau
FREDERICK GAUDREAU

Rating: 69.7#167 C

Rocco Grimaldi
ROCCO GRIMALDI

Rating: 72.6#64 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.66#12 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Roman Josi
ROMAN JOSI

Rating: 82.0#1 LD

Ryan Ellis
RYAN ELLIS

Rating: 80.1#9 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 81.02#1 DL1
Dan Hamhuis
DAN HAMHUIS

Rating: 71.1#97 LD

Mattias Ekholm
MATTIAS EKHOLM

Rating: 76.8#14 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.94#13 DL2
Matt Irwin
MATT IRWIN

Rating: 71.8#82 LD

Yannick Weber
YANNICK WEBER

Rating: 70.8#79 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.30#21 DL3

YOUR INFORMATIONAL NEEDS FOR TONIGHT’S GAME

  • It’s low hanging fruit but Elias Pettersson has points in six of his last eight games, goals in his last three games, and multiple point games in three of his last four. He is changing the dynamic of who the Canucks are and how opponents prepare for them. It’s scary to think if a team focuses too heavily on EP40, Brock Boeser is still available to burn goalies with his laser beam of a shot.
  • Live by the sword, die by the sword. Vancouver is only three goals-for away from the top-10 in the league but as much as they have improved their scoring, they’ve also surrendered the third-most in the NHL. That ratio won’t drastically improve over the season but if they keep it relatively close to what it is right now, they could end up being a .500 team by seasons’ end. Too soon?
  • Blocked shots are still the name of the game for the Canucks, they’re tied for third in the league with 485 blocked shots but since they’ve had a healthier, more diverse lineup they’ve dropped from their perch at the top. Less blocked shots mean the puck either goes unobstructed or the shot isn’t even happening. Again, the duo of Pettersson/Boeser has moved the puck into the attacking end which saves defensemen from injury. The Canucks are due for a healthy run.
  • Loui Eriksson leads all Canucks with three goals against the Predators since the beginning of last season. Not particularly a great thing to boast but at least Elias Pettersson is a three-point game away from tying the team lead in points with five in… three fewer games.
  • Jacob Markstrom has seen a ton of pucks this season. He sits sixth in both shots against and saves. Goals against is a touchy subject but if his porous defense can keep the puck out of the zone just a little bit he can give his team a better chance to stay in the game. That being said, the demand to have Thatcher Demko in a Canucks uniform ASAP has gone down to a dull roar or even casual chit-chat. It could be a lot worse and it already has been. Nilsson starts so a break will be welcome.

MY 94 CENTS

Every part of me wants to say the Canucks can continue the streak, it does. I can’t see Nashville pooching two games in a row against the lowly Canucks. There is a possibility the Canucks keep pace with them but they’re going into #Smashville and that crowd is tough to silence. Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser have been all-world lately so the W will “flow” through them.

I want a win but it won’t be overly disappointing if they don’t.

THE FINAL WORD

 

  • “Everyone that knows hockey knows that puck luck evens itself out”

    I don’t think so. You have to be good to get lucky and those who need luck the most seldom get it.

    Lady luck smiles on winners and she hates losers.

    • Oh joy, backed up bob the cliche-clown is back from sulking and trolling his hometown Oilers board after his alter ego ‘crofton’ got run off of here.

      How does it go… “this is a winnable game. We need to work hard, get some bounces, get some good goaltending and score some goals.This is a winnable game. Go ‘nucks, go bounces, hooray, hockey is back” .

      Laughable and pathetic isn’t he guys.

    • “You have to be good to get lucky”…

      If that were true, then how would you explain the Canucks win over CBJ 2 days ago? Canucks were outworked all over the ice as Markstrom was the only reason they were even “in it” in the 3rd…. Canucks had zero business getting the 2pts but luckily, the luck pendulum had swung around for the team from where it was ALL of Nov when they couldn’t get a friendly bounce to save their collective lives.

  • Goals per Game rather than Goals For is more accurate since we’ve played more games. In GPG, we’re 19th (2.94) whereas the top 10 start at 3.28. In order to make the top 10, we should have scored 12 more goals than what we currently have.

    • Precisely. I made mention of this not 2 weeks ago in another column. Total goals for/against is best suited for comparison purposes when all things are equal. With the team having played so many more games than virtually the entire league its utterly head scratching why one would use GF/GA for comparison.

  • Time for the Canucks to take advantage of a banged up team the same way everyone else did on us in November. Hopefully the Petey pageant continues this evening against a Preds team who should be more ready this time around. Is Gaudette still out?

  • Ha ha ha 4 mins left in the game and Canucks going to the PP and Shorthouse throws a not-so-subtle jab at Canucks’ coaching with “I’m just speakinh for myself…but I’d like to see Boeser and Pettersson back on the wings for one timers if you know what I mean”