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Canucks Army Game Day 59 – Canucks @ Kings (I Choo-choo choose you edition)

THE INTRO

Not to make things any worse than they already are but the Los Angeles Kings haven’t played since Monday while the Canucks are coming off a “full effort” against the Ducks last night in a predictable defeat. Vancouver takes on LA tonight on Valentine’s Day of all days. These two teams don’t exactly think fondly of each other and the Canucks will be playing with a chip on their shoulder after failing to score even one single goal on what can be argued as the worst team in the NHL, the Ducks.

Jacob Markstrom will be called upon once more to backstop the Canucks but even he has to wonder why players like Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser can’t even score on the cellar dwellers of the NHL? Vancouver’s PP has been the absolute pits for quite some time and there is no signs of improvement.

While everyone is celebrating a day of love, there isn’t much to love about the Canucks lately.

Let’s Do This!™

*PLEASE NOTE: It is unlikely that there will be a post-game report for tonight’s game – Ryan Biech*

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 7:30 PM

LINEUPS

Chris Tanev will be evaluated today after leaving the game last night. If we know Tanev, he’s hurt and out for at least three games. Nikolay Goldobin has to get back into the lineup. Markus Granlund or Loui Eriksson would be a smart choice, heck, if Eriksson gets scratched there would be fodder for weeks.

Jacob Markstrom will probably start again this evening. Expect the expected.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 72.8#69 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 76.3#46 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.1#76 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.74#30 FL1
Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 73.9#44 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 79.1#27 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 82.3#5 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 78.42#1 FL2
Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 71.4#92 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 71.7#127 C

Zack MacEwen
ZACK MACEWEN
FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.50#24 FL3
Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 71.0#104 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.5#194 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 69.4#116 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.28#31 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 72.0#65 LD

Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 69.1#102 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 70.56#31 DL1
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 72.0#72 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 73.2#46 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.56#22 DL2
Derrick Pouliot
DERRICK POULIOT

Rating: 70.8#100 LD

Alex Biega
ALEX BIEGA

Rating: 70.9#88 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.84#25 DL3

 

Trevor Lewis is back in the lineup after being out for a significant amount of time with a foot injury. Jeff Carter may slot back in tonight after being out for a week with a lower-body injury. Former Canuck Brendan Leipsic is in the lineup tonight.

Jonathan Quick is the suggested starter.

Kings lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Alex Iafallo
ALEX IAFALLO

Rating: 71.9#124 LW

Anze Kopitar
ANZE KOPITAR

Rating: 79.9#23 C

Dustin Brown
DUSTIN BROWN

Rating: 76.6#27 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.15#23 FL1
Brendan Leipsic
BRENDAN LEIPSIC

Rating: 71.1#102 LW

Mike Amadio
MIKE AMADIO

Rating: 70.6#157 C

Tyler Toffoli
TYLER TOFFOLI

Rating: 76.1#34 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.61#29 FL2
Carl Hagelin
CARL HAGELIN

Rating: 72.2#80 LW

Adrian Kempe
ADRIAN KEMPE

Rating: 72.2#117 C

Ilya Kovalchuk
ILYA KOVALCHUK

Rating: 74.3#46 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.90#11 FL3
Kyle Clifford
KYLE CLIFFORD

Rating: 71.2#96 LW

Trevor Lewis
TREVOR LEWIS

Rating: 71.2#141 C

Austin Wagner
AUSTIN WAGNER

Rating: 72.4#72 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.61#12 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Derek Forbort
DEREK FORBORT

Rating: 71.1#92 LD

Drew Doughty
DREW DOUGHTY

Rating: 78.6#15 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.86#18 DL1
Alec Martinez
ALEC MARTINEZ

Rating: 73.7#42 LD

Oscar Fantenberg
OSCAR FANTENBERG

Rating: 71.6#79 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.62#21 DL2
Dion Phaneuf
DION PHANEUF

Rating: 70.9#98 LD

Sean Walker
SEAN WALKER

Rating: 72.3#57 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.60#19 DL3

 

YOUR INFORMATIONAL NEEDS FOR TONIGHT’S GAME

  • Vancouver is 4-5-1 in their last 10 games. They’ve put up some stinkers in that time and a few close ones. I’m not sure if anyone has dropped some important knowledge on the Canucks that making the playoffs means you have to win. Points come with said wins and they don’t have nearly enough of those points. Time is running out.
  • The Kings took the last meeting against the Canucks in Vancouver with a 2-1 OT victory. Sam Gagner was a Canuck back then, good times. Markus Granlund got the Canucks to OT but it wasn’t enough. Vancouver took the previous meeting and some would call this the rubber match. Bouncing back would be nice to see.
  • Zack MacEwen has been a breath of fresh air. He’s clearly as capable as Tim Schaller and even Granlund, and that isn’t saying a whole lot but it’s an improvement. Injuries came at the right time for Zack and he could ride out the season if things continue at this pace. He had flashes of brilliance and as he adds NHL games to his resume he’ll only get better. That can’t necessarily be said for the previously mentioned players.
  • Loui Eriksson has two goals in his last 20 games. That’s actually over-producing for Loui but in all seriousness, this can’t continue. Please, for the love of Pettersson, scratch Eriksson. Nikolay Goldobin is an upgrade and it’s not close. Losing with Goldy is a lot more tolerable than forgetting Eriksson was even in the game.
  • Jake Virtanen is now in the company of a few of his peers with one goal in his last 20 games as well. Virtanen started strong but has fizzled out in recent months, then again, most of the team has. Jake has made his presence known but the things that Bo Horvat has done at the net front could help Jake get on the score board again. He’s not able to make much happen on the outside so getting back to the dirty areas may help him buck the trend.

MY 94 CENTS

Jack Hughes is possible again.

THE TWITTER TAKE

Last night’s comment from Guddy. Not scoring a single goal against the Ducks was bad, if they do the same thing tonight it’s going to get ugly.

  • Crofton’s comment about Virtanen was spot on the money. As a #6 pick overall he should be doing alot more, we probably have a 3-4th liner at best, but luckily he must look amazing oiled up after a shower.

  • Let me remind you once again Always 90 Four, if Goldobin is not playing in a top six role there is not a place for him in the lineup. Surely you can see he can’t play in a bottom 6 role. Who would he replace in a top six role? Boeser, Leivo, Virtanen, or Roussel? I like the look of the third line with Gaudette, Zack and either Eriksson or Granlund to insulate them a bit with some defensive awareness. Goldie on the fourth with Beagle is never going to happen.

  • Wow… what a lame intro!! Cant score against cellar dwellers, worst team, blahs, blahs… Vancouver was supposed to be where the ducks are and vice versa… ducks are a solid veteran group still and Vancouver crushed them last night in every way/metric available… other than goals. How many posts did they hit? How many shots? How many shot attempts?!?! They dominated but couldnt bday a hot goalie (or his posts) they should of won that one but what are you going to do… its hockey.

    Same effort tonight most likely ends up with a win.

    Almost happy there wont be write up if it’s just going to be mindless rants and negativity.

    Oh and thanks for some advance stats or analytics on this pre game… way rather prefer some bias text and no substance then some actual facts or numbers (oh wait, you did have the recent 10 game record… big deep dive)

    Go canucks!!

    • The Canucks have also won more than their fair share of games when they were thoroughly outplayed by the opposition. For most teams, this evens out over a season.

      “Vancouver was supposed to be where the Ducks were”. Vancouver and the Ducks are separated by two wins.

      Why do you expect mindless cheer-leading?

    • Yeah, this pre-game has got me riled up to watch it! lol. If the author has had a bad day, or got no sleep, maybe it’s just a one-off. But if this kind of bitterness is in every part of life or article, maybe it’s time to stand back and ask what is that a symptom of? Do I need to cut some unnecessary stress out of my life? Do I need to talk with someone. counselling maybe? A good friend? Life creeps up on us all from time to time, and there is no shame in asking for a little help or a friendly ear to help sort things out or discover whats eating you up so much.

    • You realize they are separated by 4 points. So saying they should switch places is meaningless both teams are not good. Difference being we have a horrible defense and they have horrible forwards.

  • Another game already. I’m just getting over the Canucks amazing powerplay from last night. Wait for it……. drop pass. Come on Green your powerplay SUCKS!! Do something about it or bench yourself!!

    • Time to see if we can bring up Dahlen to get him some NHL experience so he will know what he will need to do over the summer and keep him hungry wanting more. Cole Lind should also get a couple games for the same reasons. We can still chase a spot and inserting some new young prospects could give the boost of energy.

      • Dahlen maybe, once the Canucks are eliminated, but Lind has done nothing as of yet in the AHL to warrant NHL minutes. Sorry if you are related to him, but its true. Which is fine, he’s only 20 years old. His time will come.

  • I would be interested in seeing a Stecher-Pettersson-MacEwen-Horvat-Boeser PP unit. Stecher and Pettersson on point, MacEwen our net front presence and Horvat/Boeser roving by the circles.

  • Adam Gaudette had a great game tonight mostly because he was up with the big club earlier in the year for around 30 games or so. If he had not have been I doubt he’d have had the great outing that he did against LA this evening. And keep Zac Mac in the line up for as long as possible so he gains the same kind of experience AG#88 has. No one seems to be pushing him around too much.