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Canucks Army Game Day 51 – Canucks Vs. Hurricanes (Rookie Showdown Edition)

THE INTRO

It’s the final game before the All-Star Game for your Vancouver Canucks. They welcome the visiting Carolina Hurricanes and their own rookie phenom Andrei Svechnikov and potential trade target Micheal Ferland. The Canucks are coming off a few impressive victories, winners of three of their last four.

Jake Virtanen is likely a healthy scratch while Nikolay Goldobin will return to the lineup in a switch of pace. The playoff talk is heating up regardless of which side you sit on so sit back, enjoy the EP40 show, and dig in for a nice long week off.

Let’s Do This!™

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 7:30 PM (NOTE THE START TIME)

LINEUPS

Read into it what you will but Jake Virtanen will be in the press box tonight while Nikolay Goldobin will suit up for the first time in a while. Tim Schaller was the other likely scratch.

Will Thatcher Demko get a start against the Hurricanes? It would be great to see one more start before the All-Star break.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 73.4#45 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 79.4#20 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 81.4#6 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.09#12 FL1
Sven Baertschi
SVEN BAERTSCHI

Rating: 74.5#38 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 75.8#45 C

Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 71.9#75 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.07#18 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 70.6#99 LW

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 71.1#137 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 70.8#92 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.81#26 FL3
Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 72.2#70 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 68.0#190 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 69.2#113 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.79#24 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 75.5#20 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.7#68 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.57#23 DL1
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 71.1#93 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 72.9#45 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.97#22 DL2
Derrick Pouliot
DERRICK POULIOT

Rating: 70.8#96 LD

Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 68.0#103 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 69.37#28 DL3

 

Jordan Staal is on IR with an upper-body injury. Clark Bishop may get a shot tonight but other than that, the Hurricanes aren’t getting scorched with injuries. Should be a best on best overall. (Yes, I’m aware of what I said.)

Petr Mrazek may get the start.

Hurricanes lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Nino Niederreiter
NINO NIEDERREITER

Rating: 74.3#41 LW

Sebastian Aho
SEBASTIAN AHO

Rating: 81.8#6 C

Justin Williams
JUSTIN WILLIAMS

Rating: 75.4#34 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.14#17 FL1
Micheal Ferland
MICHEAL FERLAND

Rating: 75.5#32 LW

Lucas Wallmark
LUCAS WALLMARK

Rating: 71.5#120 C

Teuvo Teravainen
TEUVO TERAVAINEN

Rating: 76.8#21 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.59#15 FL2
Andrei Svechnikov
ANDREI SVECHNIKOV

Rating: 71.9#76 LW

Jordan Martinook
JORDAN MARTINOOK

Rating: 70.1#163 C

Brock McGinn
BROCK MCGINN

Rating: 71.5#85 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.19#22 FL3
Warren Foegele
WARREN FOEGELE

Rating: 72.3#68 LW

Greg McKegg
GREG MCKEGG

Rating: 69.5#174 C

Saku Maenalanen
SAKU MAENALANEN

Rating: 73.7#48 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.87#4 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Jaccob Slavin
JACCOB SLAVIN

Rating: 76.2#17 LD

Dougie Hamilton
DOUGIE HAMILTON

Rating: 77.6#16 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.92#8 DL1
Brett Pesce
BRETT PESCE

Rating: 73.9#33 LD

Justin Faulk
JUSTIN FAULK

Rating: 76.0#25 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.93#4 DL2
Calvin de Haan
CALVIN DE HAAN

Rating: 73.9#34 LD

Trevor van Riemsdyk
TREVOR VAN RIEMSDYK

Rating: 72.9#46 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.40#7 DL3

YOUR INFORMATIONAL NEEDS FOR TONIGHT’S GAME

  • Straight goods – Pettersson has 5G and 1A in his last five games played. The hat-trick game is in there against Ottawa and upon return last game, he was immediately a difference maker. There have been a handful of Canucks that have had big games against the Hurricanes, might this be one of them for Petey?
  • Jake Virtanen is the odd man out and will be scratched this evening. His play as of late has been good but Travis Green wants results. To be fair, we all want results but if he’s willing to sit Jake for Goldy, that’s a big move. These wake-up calls have worked in the past but it’s tough to say if tonight’s will pan out. Then again, Goldobin is the fourth leading scorer on the team.
  • Brock Boeser is one goal away from 50 in his young career. His shot has improved as of late and he’s found a bit of that scoring touch again. He has one career assist against Carolina so he’ll need to flip the script to get that marker.
  • Back to Virtanen, he has one assist (last game) in 12 games. He has one goal in his last 17. The guy needs to produce. He has been given the opportunity to do so and doesn’t have much to show for it. The Canucks lineup craves production and for someone that had a sample of success, the aftermath was skating 200 feet without a result. Getting scratched before a week and a half break will also give him some time to think while at the same time elevate Goldobin to a position where he needs to give his coach something to remember in that time.
  • The box score may not show it but Antoine Roussel has been a monster addition to this Canucks squad in 2019. His agitator style is so reminiscent of Alex Burrows with a slightly more physical edge. His point production is well-received and he seems to be pushing all the right buttons. Roussel’s 19 points are more noticeable than Loui Eriksson’s 20. Think about that.

MY 94 CENTS

Sporting similar records and recent runs, the Canucks could hand the Hurricanes their second consecutive loss while matching one of their season high three-game win streaks. Vancouver is rested and the lineup has been altered to give Goldobin the chance to step up. All things being equal, this feels like a game the Canucks can win.

Pettersson might even do it by himself.

THE TWITTER TAKE

  • Off topic…Chia fired, what a mess. Hot tip for your next job if you get one: When you take over and advanced stage rebuild with most of the core pieces in place, don’t trade away those core pieces for nothing. It would be like us hiring a new GM and the first thing he does is trade Horvat and Boeser away for next to no return at all.

    • Trade away a few draft picks in Vancouver and people go crazy. Like driving when it snows in the Lower Mainland.

      That being said, I’ve been following the articles and comments at Oilersnation for a while now. Fans are still pissed that there isn’t a legit house-cleaning and that the old boys club that still persist are going to continue to screw things up.

    • You think the Oilers were at advanced stage of rebuild when Chiarelli took over? They had a few pieces but were mostly a mess. Chiarelli literally won the lottery with McDavid but then surrounded him with nothing AND frittered away some of the best assets (players and picks) that they had. Chiarelli was an absolute disaster but I don’t think he inherited a team ready to take off…

      • When you have pieces like Hall, Eberle, Nuge, Draisatl, Nurse aaaand McDavid, yes that’s an advanced stage of a rebuild. Chia did not win the lottery with McDavid, the lottery had already been won at the time that he was hired.

        • I get some of the reasons for the culture change that Chiarelli wanted with Oilers, as clearly the team needed to move on from the “old Oilers country club”. The problem wasn’t trading Hall and Eberle; the issue was what they got in return. They should have gotten a Duchesne type of return for Hall. Eberle should have been traded for a defensive d-man. Lucic trade is terrible in hindsight, but that was made after some guy almost broker McDavid’s neck. That said, drafting has been horrible, recent moves including picking up guy who injured McDavid, goalie signing are akin to a poker player going on tilt after a bad beat. All I know is that I will give up hockey if they win the draft lottery.

          • First, they didn’t trade for Lucic.

            Second, they got far more effective revenge than Lucic could have ever managed on the guy who took McDavid down…. They put him on the Oilers roster.

        • “When you have pieces like Hall, Eberle, Nuge, Draisatl, Nurse aaaand McDavid, yes that’s an advanced stage of a rebuild…”

          It’s hardly a rebuild when you can’t draft players through Rounds 2 to 7 and you bleed value on every trade like a hemophiliac stuck in an iron maiden. It’s more like…wallowing in perpetual inferiority.

      • Take the Oilers of today, add Barzal, Hall and Eberle, and cap space, (Russell, Sekera, Lucic among others) and tell me they aren’t at least a playoff team, if not a cup contender.

    • Lots of odd side notes coming out of Edmonton like; Three former GMs in the organization. Was Chiarelli not asking for input, ignoring input or were they all thinking `give him more rope`.

      In the 12 months of calendar year 2018 Milan Lucic scored two goals – TWO.

      Keith Gretzky as interim – is this compounding an error? I was thinking Brian Burke could clean up that mess before next season.

      Google `Ference Edmonton` for some insight.

        • I was thinking BB would go out and re-acquire Phil Kessel who would score 50 goals set up by McD, drive the media crazy by ignoring them and lead to an endless debate among Oiler fans about whether Flyin Phil has a sense of humour. No one deflects better than Burkie.

  • Markstrom in goal.
    Lines & D pairs to start are:

    Baertschi-Pettersson-Boeser
    Leivo-Horvat-Granlund
    Roussel-Sutter-Virtanen
    Eriksson-Beagle-Motte
    Extra: Goldobin, Schaller

    Edler-Tanev
    Hutton-Stecher
    Pouliot-Gudbranson
    Extra: Biega

    • Well, I’m always in favour of playing Goldy since I feel it’s important to give him ample opportunity for him to potentially blossom, but that’s a lineup that would be tough to play against. I’ve been hoping to see Baer on that line.

  • As we go further down the stretch each game gets more and more pivotal with tonight’s match up against a not-too-shabby ‘Canes team all the more so. It’d be very gratifying to come out with the 2 pts for the All Star break and be more ensconced in the play off hunt. Yeah, it’s boring to hope for the post season for some but I’m not on the Team Tank train because there’s no guarantee we’d get Hughes anyways. At least we’re not Deadmonton.

  • WTF… I come here to read about the Vancouver v Carolina game and the thread is hijacked by this ongoing bizarre obsession by commenters with the Oilers!

    Why is that, is it to make yourselves feel better about the sorry state of the Canucks shepherded by Chia’s hapless understudy Benning this past FIVE wasted seasons. Is it because they have won five cups to our ZERO. Having McDavid now and the Wayner then?.. regardless, take it to the Oilers board, this is CANUCKS ARMY FFS.

    Now, back to business.. Ferland would be a killer acquisiton for the club to both put up points and babysit weakling Petey… and also watch out for NINO NIEDERREITER, another excellent player and former Canuck killer who Benning should have been in for… the Wild were mugged off but JB couldn’t even get through the tradesmans entrance on that one which sucks because these are the type of acquisitions that get you playoff hockey folks… you remember those… don’t you?