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Canucks Army Game Day 38 – Canucks Vs. Blues (DoPS Edition)

THE INTRO

Don’t expect fireworks two games in a row (or anything more than a minor penalty for an illegal hit) this evening as the St. Louis Blues come to Vancouver to redeem themselves after getting waxed by the Canucks just over a week ago. Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson exploded for a week’s worth of goals the last time they played the Blues.

There is a new aura that has been cast over this Canucks team after Tuesday night’s game and it might have been the test they needed to take the next step. If Vancouver can get the power-play going again and play with that kind of dedication, the Blues would be best to forfeit this one as well.

Let’s Do This!™

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 7:00 PM

LINEUPS

Sven Baertschi and Brandon Sutter will be post-Christmas additions. Troy Stecher is unlikely to play after getting drilled in the head from Danick Martel of the Lightning last game. That should mean Alex Biega draws in because Michael Del Zotto should not.

Jacob Markstrom will get his net back tonight after Anders Nilsson got his spot start against the top team in the league last game. Just a thought, maybe give your top goaltender the top teams. Good players tend to play up to their competition. I dunno, just me?

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 71.4#92 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 76.6#38 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 71.7#81 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.23#31 FL1
Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 72.9#59 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 78.3#32 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 83.8#2 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 78.33#2 FL2
Nikolay Goldobin
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 70.8#92 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 71.2#133 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.0#88 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.98#25 FL3
Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 70.4#110 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.5#189 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 68.7#113 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.88#29 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 74.8#28 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.6#65 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.17#23 DL1
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 71.0#96 LD

Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 69.1#95 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 70.06#29 DL2
Derrick Pouliot
DERRICK POULIOT

Rating: 70.4#114 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.8#56 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.13#19 DL3

 

Good news for the Blues (ironic?) as Robby Fabbri, Alex Pietrangelo, and Carl Gunnarsson all skated in Edmonton during practice and are nearing a return. They aren’t expected to play this evening, however.

Jake Allen should see the Canucks tonight. That being said, Vancouver has seen a pretty diverse goaltending selection lately. The obvious choice has gone out the door but Allen should be the guy.

Blues lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Jaden Schwartz
JADEN SCHWARTZ

Rating: 78.8#14 LW

Brayden Schenn
BRAYDEN SCHENN

Rating: 76.4#40 C

Vladimir Tarasenko
VLADIMIR TARASENKO

Rating: 78.9#14 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.02#15 FL1
Alex Steen
ALEX STEEN

Rating: 73.0#56 LW

Ryan O'Reilly
RYAN O’REILLY

Rating: 80.7#16 C

David Perron
DAVID PERRON

Rating: 72.8#61 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.51#12 FL2
Patrick Maroon
PATRICK MAROON

Rating: 72.8#60 LW

Tyler Bozak
TYLER BOZAK

Rating: 72.3#95 C

Robert Thomas
ROBERT THOMAS

Rating: 71.8#75 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.31#15 FL3
Jordan Nolan
JORDAN NOLAN

Rating: 68.2#135 LW

Ivan Barbashev
IVAN BARBASHEV

Rating: 70.4#111 C

Oskar Sundqvist
OSKAR SUNDQVIST

Rating: 70.0#101 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.53#27 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Joel Edmundson
JOEL EDMUNDSON

Rating: 71.8#79 LD

Colton Parayko
COLTON PARAYKO

Rating: 76.4#24 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.10#19 DL1
Jay Bouwmeester
JAY BOUWMEESTER

Rating: 69.0#131 LD

Robert Bortuzzo
ROBERT BORTUZZO

Rating: 71.6#64 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 70.32#28 DL2
Vince Dunn
VINCE DUNN

Rating: 74.3#31 LD

Chris Butler
CHRIS BUTLER

Rating: 72.0#51 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.18#6 DL3

 

YOUR INFORMATIONAL NEEDS FOR TONIGHT’S GAME

  • Elias Pettersson has feasted on teams currently tied or below the Canucks in the standings this season. He has combined for 6G / 8A against LAK, STL, MIN, DET, FLA, CAR. After a blip on the radar that broke up his point streak, expect Pettersson to get back to his scoring ways this evening.
  • Jacob Markstrom had a pretty easy night against the Blues back on Dec 10 allowing only a goal on 23 shots. He’ll be back in the net touting a .937 SV% average over his last five games as well as a shocking 1.80 GAA. With Markstrom’s stellar play as of late, it might beg the question “is Anders Nilsson expendable?”
  • Tyler Motte hasn’t been a world burner this season but he’s caught the eye of his coach for the checking role he brings to the team. His scoring prowess seems to come at the moment when the Canucks are about to give up a goal shorthanded. Motte’s two SHG make up 40% of his total output this season, five goals, and his CF% of 12.84 on the PK is second only to Alex Edler on the team. He’s basically the productive version of Brendan Gaunce but on the wing.
  • St. Louis is one of the top road PK teams in the NHL. They have a 86% success rate and have only given up seven power-play goals against. The Canucks need the PP to get going but this might not be the best game to ask for help.
  • If there hasn’t been a case made for planting in front of the net or working on high-danger scoring chances, let’s get it going. The top-5 Canucks who have an average shot length between 22 and 28.5 feet from the net are Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi, Tim Schaller (what?), Loui Eriksson, and Jake Virtanen. Virtanen clocks in at 28.2 feet while Horvat is shooting at 22.3 feet. Aside from Schaller, all of these players are finding success by getting in tighter to the net. It shouldn’t be a surprise.

MY 94 CENTS

The score didn’t tell the whole story last game as that was one of the Canucks most hard-fought games of the season. Vladimir Tarasenko isn’t Steven Stamkos but he does have a good shot. Pettersson and Boeser didn’t have the game they probably wanted to have against an elite team and good players get hungry after their shutout.

Expect a desperate Canucks squad tonight that has a bit more jump than normal. They’ll want to avenge their teammate Troy Stecher but at the same time build a few points up in the win column.

Boeser had a hat-trick in his last game against STL so he might want to set up Pettersson for a few this game.

THE FINAL WORD

Makes sense, I guess?

    • El Cid

      Brutal? I am shocked Khaira is still walking after the initial blatant cross-check from Dunn. I hope Khaira appeals the suspension so he can be in the lineup for game against the Nuk’s……..and do it again. JJ was simply defending himself and gets 2 games?

  • Canucks are sitting one game under .500 and played 37 games. Pretty much need a mini win streak of 3 to 5 games to get back into the playoff picture and hope that others in our division struggle. If there is a push to make the post season, it needs to happen now.

    I haven’t heard any news on Stech. Hope he’s ok.

    Blues looked good against the Oilers a couple of days ago, expect a hard fought game.

    Go Nucks G0!

  • Kanuckhotep

    Let’s not take STL, or any other team in this league, ever lightly. There are no totally bad clubs in the NHL and anyone can beat you on any given night. This isn’t the bogus 70s/80s expansion era where elite clubs routinely bee-yotch slapped weak teams into submission. But Green has done a good job IMO preparing the boys for contests so far this season and hopefully it continues tonight. Light ‘em Canucks.