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Canucks Army Game Day 37 – Canucks Vs. Lightning (The Test Edition)

THE INTRO

Godzilla meets Mothra, T-Rex meets Indominus, the Vancouver Canucks meet the Tampa Bay Lightning. Two teams on a collision course to greatness. Vancouver has brought everything to the table lately and their record is starting to mirror that. Tampa lost their last game in OT to the Jets but their current run has them atop the NHL standings.

The last time these two faced off, the Canucks stunned the Lightning after hanging on until the third period before some timely goals from Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson put them over the top. The Canucks have been playing some inspiring hockey as of late and tonight’s game will be their biggest test they’ve faced so far.

Let’s Do This!™

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 7:00 PM

LINEUPS

Expect the usual suspects (Michael Del Zotto, Alex Biega, Tim Schaller) to be in the press box while Brandon Sutter and Sven Baertschi have yet to return.

It hasn’t been a landslide call but Jacob Markstrom should be the defacto #1 going forward but Anders Nilsson will get the start tonight after beating the Lightning 4-1 earlier this year.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 71.4#87 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 76.1#43 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 71.9#74 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.16#31 FL1
Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 73.3#53 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 78.3#31 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 82.7#2 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 78.09#3 FL2
Nikolay Goldobin
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 70.7#97 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 71.4#129 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.5#85 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.19#20 FL3
Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 70.5#108 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.5#185 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 68.9#115 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.96#29 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 74.3#32 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.3#70 RD

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

Rating: 71.0#99 LD

Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 69.2#93 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 70.10#29 DL2
Derrick Pouliot
DERRICK POULIOT

Rating: 70.3#114 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.7#59 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.97#18 DL3

 

Mathieu Joseph is the only one that’s questionable for tonight’s game. Tampa is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games so there won’t be much to change if at all.

Andrei Vaselevskiy should be the starter for the Lightning tonight.

Lightning lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Ondrej Palat
ONDREJ PALAT

Rating: 76.1#27 LW

Steven Stamkos
STEVEN STAMKOS

Rating: 82.5#8 C

Yanni Gourde
YANNI GOURDE

Rating: 75.8#30 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.15#14 FL1
Tyler Johnson
TYLER JOHNSON

Rating: 74.9#50 LW

Brayden Point
BRAYDEN POINT

Rating: 83.1#7 C

Nikita Kucherov
NIKITA KUCHEROV

Rating: 86.1#1 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 81.38#1 FL2
Alex Killorn
ALEX KILLORN

Rating: 74.4#58 LW

Anthony Cirelli
ANTHONY CIRELLI

Rating: 76.2#40 C

J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 74.9#51 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 75.15#2 FL3
Adam Erne
ADAM ERNE

Rating: 69.9#118 LW

Cedric Paquette
CEDRIC PAQUETTE

Rating: 69.9#163 C

Ryan Callahan
RYAN CALLAHAN

Rating: 71.3#87 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.37#14 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Victor Hedman
VICTOR HEDMAN

Rating: 80.4#4 LD

Dan Girardi
DAN GIRARDI

Rating: 72.4#43 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.39#8 DL1
Ryan McDonagh
RYAN MCDONAGH

Rating: 77.0#12 LD

Anton Stralman
ANTON STRALMAN

Rating: 75.0#28 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 75.97#3 DL2
Braydon Coburn
BRAYDON COBURN

Rating: 72.3#70 LD

Mikhail Sergachev
MIKHAIL SERGACHEV

Rating: 74.2#35 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.26#3 DL3

 

YOUR INFORMATIONAL NEEDS FOR TONIGHT’S GAME

  • No one wants to hear this but the Canucks are only three points out of the playoffs going into this game. They’re also right in the middle of the league’s standings which means Jack Hughes is a pipe dream as of now. Are the Canucks too early to the party or are they kinda good? All in all, it’s a good story so far.
  • Tonight marks the 18th time these teams have faced each other in Vancouver with the Canucks holding a 10-5-2 record over the Lightning. Considering they only play each other twice a season and for a while just once in total, that’s a pretty good record. Vancouver has averaged 3.7 goals-for at home against Tampa in that time and given up 2.4 goals-against respectively. Par for the course in Vancouver this season. Matching these numbers tonight would keep pace with their current output and would likely result in a win.
  • It’s been said everywhere but Elias Pettersson will look to match Pavel Bure’s rookie point streak of eight games. Even if he doesn’t factor into the scoring tonight, there is a good chance he gets back to this spot before the new year. His 4G / 9A in that time has Elias tied for 4th and one point back of the top point-getters Johnny Gaudreau, Mark Scheifele, and Connor McDavid. Pettersson is also tied for most GWG in that time.
  • Pettersson has been such a magnetic subject but everything he does is magical. The rookie race is quickly becoming a one-horse race but it’s how he’s doing it that is equally impressive. He’s averaging 1.17 P/GP, he has the highest SH% of any rookie playing over 10 games with 27.9%, and he’s also played four fewer games than Colin White and Rasmus Dahlin who are 2nd and 3rd in rookie scoring. Check back here to see what his next four games amount to.
  • As Dekey Pete goes so do the Canucks. His point streak has also meant great things for the Canucks stats as well. Vancouver has 28 goals in that time, one back of Tampa, and they’ve only allowed 16 goals, which is two more than the San Jose Sharks for fewest allowed in that time. Winning is contagious. Maybe don’t get that flu shot just yet, Canucks. Actually, do get it… I hear the flu is bad this year.

MY 94 CENTS

I don’t know how they do it but the Canucks have that special spark right now. It’s a shame all this winning has them essentially in the same spot they were in prior to their run. Believing they can beat the Lightning again is no small task, doing it is even harder. However, like Nickelback, with some hard work and getting big contributions from their stars, the Canucks can pull off this big test. I think we’re in for a Grammy-worthy performance.

THE FINAL WORD

This still mesmerizes! Can’t wait to see this guy lead the Canucks out.

  • It’s game day, lets get this party started.

    Lightning is sitting on 52 points. 25 – 7 – 2
    Canucks will need their A game to get this one done. Vaselevsky is one heck of a goalie, so someone has to get in front of him. If he can’t see it …

    Also, Hitchcock in Edmonton is crying to the league about clutching, holding, and obstruction on McDavid after their loss here in Van on Sunday night. Think about that for a moment. Hitch is the father of clutch and grab, Oilers record after the loss is 9 – 3 – 2, and he’s complaining about the refs. Only in Alberta.
    My second thought on this is how good were Rousell, Horvat, and Eriksson together to throw Oilers off their game. Good job guys.

  • rediiis

    I’m really looking forward to this game. TB is a top 5 team in anyone’s ranking. Surprised they didn’t give a start to Domingue. Nilsson will be tested. On a side note…this Burakovsky rumor is just that, we already have a floater in Ericsson unless the gods would allow a swap. I see nothing there.

  • Kanuckhotep

    You know why Hitchcock was crying about McDavid’s treatment? EDM has scored 98 goals and Connor has been in on 49 of them. Without him they’re nothing, plain and simple.