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Canucks Army Game Day 42 – Canucks @ Devils (Breakfast Sammich Edition)

THE INTRO

Good morning, Canucks fans. Hopefully, you went to the nearest McDonalds to get a yummy sausage and egg McMuffin or maybe you’re having eggs benedict because who doesn’t love eggs benedict? Anyway, this one is an early start on New Year’s Eve. Thankfully, it won’t be another butt-kicking at the hands of the Flyers, that’s not until February.

Vancouver is one of the hottest teams in the league right now and if they happen to keep pace, the P-word will be sticking around for the foreseeable future. The Devils are coming off a 2-0 win over the Hurricanes and they’ll be looking to keep their two-game streak alive.

Let’s Do This!™

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LINEUPS

Still no word on Brandon Sutter quite yet but it might make more sense to wait for one more game to get in a solid practice. It’s good to see Sven Baertschi back and Troy Stecher, too! There isn’t a whole lot to discuss for lineups today because everyone is basically healthy.

Jacob Markstrom should be the guy this morning.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 71.2#91 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 76.5#40 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.0#79 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.22#31 FL1
Nikolay Goldobin
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 70.5#97 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 77.6#34 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 82.0#4 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.69#3 FL2
Sven Baertschi
SVEN BAERTSCHI

Rating: 73.6#40 LW

Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 70.6#149 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 72.9#49 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.37#12 FL3
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 72.0#73 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.8#185 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 69.1#115 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.65#22 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 75.3#23 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.8#56 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.57#21 DL1
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 70.7#102 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.9#55 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.28#24 DL2
Derrick Pouliot
DERRICK POULIOT

Rating: 70.1#115 LD

Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 68.8#99 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 69.44#30 DL3

 

Today’s game will be without reigning MVP Taylor Hall, Marcus Johansson, and of course our bud Cory Schneider. That being said, as good of a game as they played a few days ago, they could really use these guys against the Canucks today.

Mackenzie Blackwood picked up his first career shutout on Saturday against the Hurricanes and the rule is to keep a good thing going.

Devils lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Jesper Bratt
JESPER BRATT

Rating: 70.0#108 LW

Nico Hischier
NICO HISCHIER

Rating: 76.2#41 C

Kyle Palmieri
KYLE PALMIERI

Rating: 80.3#9 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.51#23 FL1
John Quenneville
JOHN QUENNEVILLE

Rating: 71.2#93 LW

Travis Zajac
TRAVIS ZAJAC

Rating: 72.3#104 C

Blake Coleman
BLAKE COLEMAN

Rating: 73.5#67 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.32#28 FL2
Miles Wood
MILES WOOD

Rating: 70.7#98 LW

Pavel Zacha
PAVEL ZACHA

Rating: 70.7#146 C

Stefan Noesen
STEFAN NOESEN

Rating: 70.5#96 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.62#28 FL3
Brian Boyle
BRIAN BOYLE

Rating: 71.7#119 LW

Brett Seney
BRETT SENEY
Drew Stafford
DREW STAFFORD

Rating: 69.2#113 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.42#14 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Andy Greene
ANDY GREENE

Rating: 71.0#95 LD

Damon Severson
DAMON SEVERSON

Rating: 71.6#64 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 71.29#29 DL1
Sami Vatanen
SAMI VATANEN

Rating: 73.2#39 LD

Steven Santini
STEVEN SANTINI

Rating: 70.4#87 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.81#21 DL2
Will Butcher
WILL BUTCHER

Rating: 75.2#25 LD

Ben Lovejoy
BEN LOVEJOY

Rating: 69.4#93 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.31#10 DL3

 

YOUR INFORMATIONAL NEEDS FOR TODAY’S GAME

  • Cory Schneider hasn’t won a game in a calendar year and won’t anytime soon but last season he won both games against the Canucks and had a shutout to boot as well. The Schneider/Horvat trade has aged terribly but there’s still hope he can rehab and return when it’s the right time.
  • In a random turn of events, the month of December has been “good” to the Canucks. They aren’t at the top of all the categories but they’re tied for the least goals allowed this month. The PK is right up there as well but they still have problems with that darned power-play and for Chiarelli’s sake, QUIT IT with that drop pass. It’s done, it’s over. It might feel like a cool slingshot move like Days of Thunder or Talladega Nights but effective teams don’t need that.
  • Elias Pettersson has held up his end of the bargain as well this month; he’s tied for the league-lead with four GWG. It also feels like he’s just getting started, like he some kind of chip on his shoulder. Elias Pettersson with a grudge? Sign me up.
  • Vancouver currently has a four-game road slump in New Jersey which isn’t actually their longest streak in the swamp. From December 5/90 – Feb 10/94. Seemed like a good year to bump a slump, and sadly continue a different. Both slumps would be nice to end. Even just the current one today. Baby steps.
  • Picking up from that other Pettersson tidbit, did you know he’s 3rd in the NHL in primary points at 5v5 with 2.92 behind Brayden Point (3.18) and Mitch Marner (3.14).

MY 94 CENTS

It’s been a while and maybe I’m hopped up on cold meds (I definitely am) but the Canucks are smoking hot right now and this feels like a game that is very winnable. Elias Pettersson is calling out Vancouver media for his lack of defensive game which is more absurd than both the Jim Lites comment and the trades Peter Chiarelli made yesterday.

Today’s game won’t be a blowout but I predict the Canucks are going to have a few impressive moments in this one to carry over to the New Year.

THE FINAL WORD

It’s not the Devils but after a crazy day in the NHL, this is bang on.

  • I’d like to see Baer play with Horvat and Jake, and Loui with Granny and Leivo…I’m assuming that’s the long term plan, but TD wants to manage Baer’s mintutes for his first few games back.

  • Canuckers are looking strong these days. Can anyone advise what the ratings beside the players specifically mean? For example, if EP is the #34 centre, is that a metric suggesting he is the 34th best centre in the league. Thx, happy NY

    • Yes, it means he’s the number 34 center in the league based on their rating system. Conner is number 1, Sid is 2, MacKinnon is 3, etc. They also rate lines, defensive pairings and power plays. I don’t know what their ratings are based on, it might be some sort of composit number like quarterback ratings.

  • It’s a hot mess over at Oiler Nation. I don’t follow the Oilers closely but that team isn’t good and the recent trades won’t help. At least for Nucks fans, the team is trending the right way and there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

  • At their half-way point the Canucks are 19-18-4 42pts. Double those numbers from here on in and it’d be 86 pts, not quite enough to get in. Can they win 22 of their last 41g, with about 10-12 OTL/SOL pts to go with it , to make the post season? As previously mentioned here you have to win exactly half your games generally to even think of making the PO. Trouble is veteran teams usually crank it up down the stretch and the VC aren’t a veteran squad. However they’ve been playing play off style hockey since coming out of the gate and looks promising. Now let’s step over the Oil spill and go Duck hunting.

    • I personally think the Canucks did a big turnaround when they played Columbus a few weeks ago. Torts plays a trap and it smothered the Canucks. The Canucks stuck to their game plan and played a sixty minute game. They were rewarded with a win for their hard work. Even if they were outplayed in many aspects of the game. I think that game taught them to believe in themselves and their system. The games the Canucks have played against powerhouses like the Lightning, Jets, Predators and Flames have shown this positive attitude. I’m very happy to be a Nucks fan these days.

  • The thing I like about this years team is that they have been beating teams they were supposed to win against. Let’s hope they keep this trend going and win this game. Go Canucks!!