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Canucks Army Game Day 57 – Canucks Vs. Sharks (Gudbranson’s New Red Jacket Edition)

THE INTRO

It’s Lunar New Year at Rogers Arena tonight and after that, the Canucks will host the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks have won five straight and the Canucks are looking to put together a win streak of their own. It’s a quick stopover in Vancouver before the Canucks head to California for a mini road trip.

Elias Pettersson reached the 50 point mark on Saturday and he’ll try and get his linemate Brock Boeser to the 20 goal plateau this evening. Bo Horvat is also chasing 20 and after an impressive outing on the weekend and finally getting the monkey off his back, Bo might get there as well.

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LINEUPS

Zack MacEwen has been called up from Utica. He has 42 points this season and could be a breath of fresh air for Travis Green. Zack is coming off of a four-point outing before getting called up. There is no guarantee he plays tonight but Markus Granlund or Loui Eriksson would be great players to sub out.

If he does play, give him the Horvat line spot. Put scorers with scorers.

Jacob Markstrom will look to pick up where he left off on Saturday with yet another consecutive start. Markstrom has been lights out since December and as much as Pettersson has been the shining light for this team if Markstrom isn’t nearly perfect, the Canucks are playing for Jack Hughes.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 71.4#91 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 76.1#46 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 74.0#42 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.83#29 FL1
Nikolay Goldobin
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 70.6#100 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 78.9#28 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 82.2#4 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.23#4 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 72.5#70 LW

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 71.5#132 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.2#74 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.06#19 FL3
Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 71.1#100 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.6#190 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 69.5#114 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.40#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.7#71 LD

Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 68.7#105 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 70.23#31 DL1
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 72.1#72 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 73.5#41 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.81#20 DL2
Derrick Pouliot
DERRICK POULIOT

Rating: 70.5#103 LD

Alex Biega
ALEX BIEGA

Rating: 71.2#83 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.85#23 DL3

 

Erik Karlsson has missed the Sharks last seven games but could be a game-time decision tonight. He’s got a lower-body issue.

Aaron Dell is usually San Jose’s go-to against the Canucks. Why you ask? He’s 5-0 with a .946 SV% and a 1.59 GAA… for starters. Add to that two shutouts, he’s a lock if there ever was one.

Sharks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Timo Meier
TIMO MEIER

Rating: 77.4#21 LW

Logan Couture
LOGAN COUTURE

Rating: 80.1#23 C

Joe Pavelski
JOE PAVELSKI

Rating: 80.9#8 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 79.46#12 FL1
Evander Kane
EVANDER KANE

Rating: 78.8#13 LW

Tomas Hertl
TOMAS HERTL

Rating: 79.5#24 C

Joonas Donskoi
JOONAS DONSKOI

Rating: 73.8#51 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.36#2 FL2
Marcus Sorensen
MARCUS SORENSEN

Rating: 72.3#74 LW

Joe Thornton
JOE THORNTON

Rating: 74.5#58 C

Kevin Labanc
KEVIN LABANC

Rating: 73.2#61 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.32#4 FL3
Barclay Goodrow
BARCLAY GOODROW

Rating: 70.6#107 LW

Dylan Gambrell
DYLAN GAMBRELL

Rating: 73.0#85 C

Melker Karlsson
MELKER KARLSSON

Rating: 70.1#103 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.23#11 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Radim Simek
RADIM SIMEK

Rating: 73.1#56 LD

Brent Burns
BRENT BURNS

Rating: 84.6#2 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 78.84#5 DL1
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC

Rating: 74.4#32 LD

Tim Heed
TIM HEED

Rating: 74.9#29 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.63#8 DL2
Brenden Dillon
BRENDEN DILLON

Rating: 72.9#60 LD

Justin Braun
JUSTIN BRAUN

Rating: 72.0#64 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.46#9 DL3

 

YOUR INFORMATION NEEDS FOR TONIGHT’S GAME

  • Aaron Dell (no relation to the movie) isn’t the only Shark goaltender that has destroyed the Canucks in his last six starts; Martin Jones is 5-0-1 in that time sharing five wins with Connor Helebuyck, Jake Allen, Cam Talbot (actually), and his battery-mate Dell. Carey Price is the only goaltender to claim six victories against the Canucks in his last six starts. I predict a Canucks win below. Refer back to this stat if I’m horribly wrong.
  • Kevin LaBanc scored a hat-trick against the Oilers on the weekend. The last Canuck named Kevin to score a hat-trick was no one. No one named Kevin has ever scored a hat-trick but Ryan Kesler scored three in 2010-11. Kevin Bieksa has never scored a hat-trick for Vancouver but he had a Gordie Howe hat-trick against the Sharks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final in 2011. He would later score an iconic stanchion goal to send the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Final a few games later.
  • Jake Virtanen is at 12 goals on the season. He’ll need a rush to end the year if he wants to hit 20. There are options for Travis Green to increase Virtanen’s goal totals but Brandon Sutter isn’t even remotely close on that list. Virtanen has 2G / 2A in nine career games against the Sharks.
  • Brock Boeser has points in eight of his last ten games, five goals and five assists in that time if anyone is curious. Boeser looked like he was snake bitten much like Bo Horvat has been but the points just keep on coming. Pettersson and Boeser have been on fire lately and if given a bit of space, it will happen again tonight.
  • Josh Leivo is getting praise this week after a couple of big games but before the goal in Chicago, Leivo had 1G in 13 games. Players get hot streaks going and right now, this is one the Canucks need to harness and emulate. San Jose will be a tough team to get results against. Let’s see what he can do.

MY 94 CENTS

San Jose is the next team to carry a win streak into a game against the Canucks. Chicago succeeded in their attempt and the Sharks are well positioned to do the same. IF, MacEwen gets into the game tonight, I give the Canucks the edge. I also think the power play is beyond due to explode. There’s no way Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser can’t single handedly turn around this sad sack unit.

I’m feeling good things about this game. I shouldn’t be.

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