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Canucks Army Game Day 65 – Canucks @ Coyotes (No Mo Playoffs Edition)

THE INTRO

Vancouver lost a heartbreaker in Colorado via the shootout one night ago and they’ll look to rebound from said loss and try and keep with the pack in the push to get Wild Card spot numero deux. Tonight, it’s the Arizona Coyotes who host the Canucks and those desert dogs are winners of four straight; it’s the hottest ticket in the NHL.

It could be a snoozer this evening, knowing the Coyotes we usually see, or it could be a nail-biter. The Canucks once again are predictably unpredictable so anything is possible.

Let’s Do This!™

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 6:00 PM

LINEUPS

There’s Elias Pettersson news below which is concerning and if that means Tim Schaller makes it back into the lineup, there are some serious problems once again with Vancouver. Tanner Pearson looked fine in his debut, nothing great and nothing bad.

Keep an eye on Petey, though.

Thatcher Demko should get the start tonight. Markstrom was incredible but he needs a rest and will be ready for Vegas on Sunday.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Ryan Spooner
RYAN SPOONER

Rating: 70.5#154 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 75.9#48 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 72.7#71 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.05#30 FL1
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 72.3#80 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 78.9#27 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 81.6#6 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.63#7 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 72.8#70 LW

Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 71.5#125 C

Nikolay Goldobin
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 70.3#105 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.54#24 FL3
Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 70.6#113 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.5#182 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 68.8#120 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.96#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 71.5#90 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 73.1#44 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.31#28 DL1
Derrick Pouliot
DERRICK POULIOT

Rating: 70.8#102 LD

Alex Biega
ALEX BIEGA

Rating: 72.1#68 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.42#25 DL2
Ashton Sautner
ASHTON SAUTNER

Rating: 73.5#47 LD

Luke Schenn
LUKE SCHENN

Rating: 68.0#100 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.74#25 DL3

Conor Garland signed a two-year extension this week and everyone in Arizona is ecstatic. That being said, there are a handful of players that aren’t ecstatic because they’re injured. Kyle Capobianco is still out for the season with the whole torn ACL deal, nothing new there, just pain. Jason Demers had the knee surgery, done for the season.

Michael Grabner is still out with an eye injury. Who am I missing still???

Darcy Kuemper should once again start for Arizona.

Coyotes lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Alex Galchenyuk
ALEX GALCHENYUK

Rating: 75.0#36 LW

Nick Cousins
NICK COUSINS

Rating: 72.0#110 C

Clayton Keller
CLAYTON KELLER

Rating: 73.3#82 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.44#29 FL1
Lawson Crouse
LAWSON CROUSE

Rating: 70.5#114 LW

Derek Stepan
DEREK STEPAN

Rating: 74.4#61 C

Josh Archibald
JOSH ARCHIBALD

Rating: 70.7#95 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 71.88#28 FL2
Mario Kempe
MARIO KEMPE

Rating: 70.5#116 LW

Brad Richardson
BRAD RICHARDSON

Rating: 71.3#134 C

Vinnie Hinostroza
VINNIE HINOSTROZA

Rating: 73.4#56 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.74#22 FL3
Richard Panik
RICHARD PANIK

Rating: 73.8#49 LW

Christian Dvorak
CHRISTIAN DVORAK

Rating: 72.3#101 C

Conor Garland
CONOR GARLAND

Rating: 74.4#42 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 73.52#1 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Oliver Ekman-Larsson
OLIVER EKMAN-LARSSON

Rating: 76.4#18 LD

Niklas Hjalmarsson
NIKLAS HJALMARSSON

Rating: 72.7#57 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.58#16 DL1
Alex Goligoski
ALEX GOLIGOSKI

Rating: 74.4#33 LD

Jakob Chychrun
JAKOB CHYCHRUN

Rating: 74.1#40 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.27#11 DL2
Ilya Lyubushkin
ILYA LYUBUSHKIN

Rating: 72.1#74 LD

Jordan Oesterle
JORDAN OESTERLE

Rating: 73.1#47 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.58#11 DL3

 

YOUR INFORMATIONAL NEEDS FOR TONIGHT’S GAME

  • Vancouver currently sits at 63 points in the West, a full five points back of 8th. A win over Arizona tonight creates a bigger logjam and they’ll need a Dallas loss to keep with the group. For the believers, the Arizona Coyotes DID make the playoffs because of a stellar shootout record in 2009/10 so if the Canucks can hold on, there’s a chance. If you don’t believe, a good defenseman is one draft pick away.
  • Don’t look now but Alex Biega is on a personal hot streak. He has a goal and four assists in his last six games which is pretty much his entire production for the season inside of a week. The “bulldog” has found success lately but how long with this heater last?
  • Josh Leivo could be a keeper in Vancouver. He’s already doubled his point production when he was in Toronto this season and his season totals in Vancouver thus far (14 points) are better than his four of his first five seasons combined in the NHL. (12). He did score 10 points in 2016/17 but the story sounds so much better when we just forget about it. Even Tim Schaller had 10 points once… twice actually.
  • Adam Gaudette needs to be in tonight’s game. He’s one of the lone bright spots against the Coyotes this season. He has two goals and an assist through three games. Antoine Roussel has three assists and quite frankly, that would be a great line to see together for this evening. When these two are on the ice together, they share a 50.00 CF% and a 57.14 GF%, not to mention that insanely high PDO. If Pettersson is out, Gaudette is in which also means his minutes should increase as well. There haven’t been too many games where it would be OK to see Pettersson miss one, but tonight would be one of those games.
  •  Will Brock Boeser get back to his scoring ways? He hasn’t lit the lamp in four games and for the only true winger on the team, he needs to get things going. Brock has been getting his shot off but it hasn’t been going in. Much like Pettersson, Brock hasn’t had the flash as of late but it just takes one. Case in point: Bo Horvat.

MY 94 CENTS

The Canucks have been eliminated from the playoff push. They’re five points back and there are just too many other teams getting the edge lately and it just doesn’t translate to a Canucks’ playoff berth. Sure, Vancouver could win tonight and score a boatload of goals but keeping the faith on a push seems misguided.

Add to that, Elias Pettersson doesn’t look like himself lately despite the handful of points (five points in five games, spread out a bit). Will Pettersson make a final surge before the season’s end or will he fade into the offseason and humbly accept his Calder trophy?

THE TWITTER TAKE

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  • It is hard for me to cheer for them to lose til there is zero chance to make it in. Still 3% so…go Nucks go. If they lose tonight it is basically zero so it will be lose for Hughes

  • Petey finished the game so can’t be that serious, I hope. He did have that collision where he looked uncomfortable leaving the ice, but looked more like a winding, I thought.

  • Pearson looked good last night, Goldy was perhaps one of the best forwards again at both ends and each shift. Markstrom was frik’in unbelievable. Sure could have used a player like Macewen in last night’s lineup, that was some high-speed old school hockey last night.