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Canucks Army Game Day 45 – Canucks @ Leafs (Boesermania Edition Part 2)

THE INTRO

It’s Saturday night.  East coast meets West coast in a battle to end all battles (until March at least) for Canadian hockey supremacy. The Vancouver Canucks raid Toronto to take on the infamous Leafs led by Auston Matthews and John Tavares. Vancouver has been shutout in two of their last three games but has gone 9-6-0-1 in their last 16. Toronto is sporting an 8-4-0-2 record in that time.

There will be no Elias Pettersson in this marquee event but the man before him, Brock Boeser, will be suited up and you better believe it’s time to unleash the Flow once again.

Let’s Do This!™

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

CBC / SN 650 / 4:00 PM (It’s the main Hockey Night in Canada game, you know exactly when it’s at)

LINEUPS

Elias Pettersson has been ruled out of this game as a precaution and there is still no word on the MRI from Friday. Brandon Sutter is now back in the lineup as is Sven Baertschi so the Canucks are just about back to normal. Expect Nikolay Goldobin to slot back in for Pettersson.

Thatcher Demko has been officially recalled which puts the wheels in motion to eventually lead this team out of the tunnel. It’s coming.

Jacob Markstrom will most likely start against the Leafs.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Sven Baertschi
SVEN BAERTSCHI

Rating: 74.8#31 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 79.6#19 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 83.2#3 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 79.21#10 FL1
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 72.0#74 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 75.8#44 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 70.9#93 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.87#22 FL2
Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 70.4#104 LW

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 71.3#137 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.3#85 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.01#23 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.6#120 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.7#194 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 69.0#119 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.79#31 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 76.0#20 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 72.1#55 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.03#21 DL1
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 70.8#100 LD

Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 69.2#103 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 70.00#30 DL2
Michael Del Zotto
MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO

Rating: 71.6#77 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 72.1#54 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.89#13 DL3

 

Zach Hyman is still out with an ankle injury, Tyler Ennis has a broken ankle, Garret Sparks is out with a concussion and Frederik Anderson was placed on IR with a groin injury. The Leafs still have a potent lineup that can beat you any which way so despite the injuries they should be just fine.

Michael Hutchinson will start for the Leafs this evening as noted yesterday from Mike Babcock.

Leafs lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 70.3#107 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 83.0#8 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 80.5#7 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.93#13 FL1
Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 74.7#32 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 85.2#6 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 74.8#39 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 78.26#2 FL2
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 72.6#63 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 77.2#35 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 73.7#50 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 74.49#4 FL3
Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 71.5#87 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 69.9#169 C

Trevor Moore
TREVOR MOORE

Rating: 73.7#48 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.70#7 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 80.8#3 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 72.4#48 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.60#10 DL1
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 77.4#10 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 70.9#84 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.11#11 DL2
Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 73.7#41 LD

Igor Ozhiganov
IGOR OZHIGANOV

Rating: 71.6#66 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.65#6 DL3

 

YOUR INFORMATIONAL NEEDS FOR TONIGHT’S GAME

  • The Canucks are currently 13th in goals-for with 127. A season ago at the 44 game mark, they were at 116. If you remove Elias Pettersson from the equation, they’re actually behind that pace. Vancouver needs to find goals from other sources because after EP and Brock Boeser it gets really, really thin. Does Travis have a game plan for the goals about to come?
  • Since the beginning of the 2016 season, the only Canucks left that have scored against the Leafs are Sven Baertschi, Alex Edler, Markus Granlund, and Brock Boeser. Each of them has a single goal to speak of. They’ll need a few of those guys to step up if they want to have a chance at winning today.
  • Bo Horvat doesn’t seem like the obvious choice for most shots on the Canucks but he’s 25 up on Boeser, 17 ahead of Jake Virtanen and there should be a comment for Pettersson but he doesn’t have a ton of shots and still scores a quarter of the time, actually. Please, Bo, convert a few more of your many shots, your team relies on them.
  • Toronto has a five-game win streak at home against the Canucks dating back to February 2014. The Canucks last win in Toronto was actually 2012 when the Canucks won 5-3. The lockout that followed didn’t allow Vancouver to play the Leafs the next season. The Canucks are due for a big win in the Centre of the Universe.
  • Tonight’s game also marks the 150th meeting between these two teams. Some might call it a milestone. It might not be a Mats Sundin homecoming kind of game but there will be fireworks by the final whistle. Take it to the bank.

MY 94 CENTS

On paper, this one is pretty much over. The Leafs have a juggernaut lineup but if the Canucks can keep them at bay, they might have a shot. Vancouver has been tested already against some of the NHL’s elite and hung around. The goals haven’t been flowing lately so they’ll need to keep them out of the net as much as possible. This one will be a tighter score but I believe the Canucks are due for some magic.

THE FINAL WORD

Could be one of those “not a lot of goals” games.

  • Beer Can Boyd

    All signs point to the Canucks getting waxed tonight. 3rd game in 4 nights, last game of a 6 game road trip, star player hurt, playing the mighty Leaves….. which of course means that they will probably win 2-1.

  • “Vancouver needs to find goals from other sources”

    I thought about that as soon as Pettersson got pulled from the game. When a team has a super star player, I think it’s easy to rely on that player to produce and wait for him to do something. Think of Connor McDavid and the Oilers, often called a one man show.
    Well, we don’t want that here. Our guys have to step up and find a way to get it done.

  • Killer Marmot

    I don’t know what the Leafs are going to do for a backup goalie. Maybe Hutchinson will get injured early on and they’ll put Kadri in. That would be awesome.

  • Kanuckhotep

    Toronto still is not good enough to challenge TB or WASH in the east and probably not Sidney and pals either. They have some of the best forwards in the NHL but IMO pretenders not contenders.Their window will be closing quicker than you think and may be better than the Canucks right now. Just so long as Benning doesn’t go goofball with cap coin and stupid signings our window could be open later but much longer.