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Canucks Army Game Day 73 – Canucks @ Blackhawks (Striking Gold-obin Edition)

THE INTRO

Leave it to the Canucks to face another streaking team gunning for the playoffs. The Chicago Blackhawks have won five-straight while the Canucks have spun the wheel of destiny (no such wheel) and have sprinkled wins and losses like the Salt Bae guy Vancouver pulled off the win in Dallas yesterday and they’ll try and ride the scoring touch of Tim Schaller into this game.

That being said, Schaller probably won’t play in this one as there is a good chance Sven Baertschi makes it back tonight. Realistically, the Hawks aren’t going to make the spring dance with everyone around them racking up points as they do but they’ve made it interesting. Tonight’s game has a chance to be a throwback to the Canucks/Hawks games of old. We can all be so lucky if for one night only, it returns.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN +150/CHI -182) courtesy of OddsShark

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 5:30 PM

LINEUPS

Sven Baertschi and Ryan Spooner both skated yesterday and could potentially play tonight. With those editions, the red-hot Tim Schaller may be forced to sit out or maybe it’s Nikolay Goldobin that sits again if Travis Green opts to give Markus Granlund a break.

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These final games may be the most tricky to read the coaching decisions and that is why you need to check in to the ol’ CA GDT.

Thatcher Demko starts tonight in yet another challenging arena. The Madhouse on Madison will be rocking but Demko will need to be as cool as a cucumber if he wants to keep his team ahead.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 71.7#87 LW

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Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 75.9#42 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 71.4#100 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 72.98#29 FL1
Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 73.4#54 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 77.0#33 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 81.3#5 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.27#7 FL2
Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 71.1#135 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 71.4#128 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.5#95 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.35#24 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.1#129 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.5#187 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 70.6#111 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.07#31 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 76.2#20 LD

Alex Biega
ALEX BIEGA

Rating: 71.6#80 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.91#23 DL1
Guillaume Brisebois
GUILLAUME BRISEBOIS
Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 72.8#59 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.79#22 DL2
Ashton Sautner
ASHTON SAUTNER

Rating: 72.9#62 LD

Luke Schenn
LUKE SCHENN

Rating: 68.6#103 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.74#22 DL3

 

Nothing new to report on the Hawks roster. They’re winning and no one changes a winning lineup.

Corey Crawford should be the starter tonight. Chicago is still pressing to get the final wild-card spot in the West. If they make it, Crawford will lead them much like Jacob Markstrom has salvaged anything the Canucks have achieved this season.

Blackhawks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Brandon Saad
BRANDON SAAD

Rating: 74.7#35 LW

Jonathan Toews
JONATHAN TOEWS

Rating: 79.2#22 C

Dylan Sikura
DYLAN SIKURA

Rating: 73.0#64 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.66#23 FL1
Dominik Kahun
DOMINIK KAHUN

Rating: 72.8#87 LW

Artem Anisimov
ARTEM ANISIMOV

Rating: 72.1#103 C

Patrick Kane
PATRICK KANE

Rating: 83.6#2 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.16#13 FL2
Alex DeBrincat
ALEX DEBRINCAT

Rating: 80.7#8 LW

Dylan Strome
DYLAN STROME

Rating: 73.4#78 C

Brendan Perlini
BRENDAN PERLINI

Rating: 73.8#56 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 75.97#1 FL3
Chris Kunitz
CHRIS KUNITZ

Rating: 70.1#115 LW

David Kampf
DAVID KAMPF

Rating: 70.7#148 C

Marcus Kruger
MARCUS KRUGER

Rating: 70.2#157 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.33#22 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Duncan Keith
DUNCAN KEITH

Rating: 73.8#45 LD

Erik Gustafsson
ERIK GUSTAFSSON

Rating: 75.8#25 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.78#15 DL1
Gustav Forsling
GUSTAV FORSLING

Rating: 70.6#105 LD

Brent Seabrook
BRENT SEABROOK

Rating: 72.3#63 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.47#29 DL2
Slater Koekkoek
SLATER KOEKKOEK

Rating: 69.2#125 LD

Connor Murphy
CONNOR MURPHY

Rating: 71.5#81 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.36#25 DL3

 

YOUR INFORMATIONAL NEEDS FOR TONIGHT’S GAME

  • One more point to go. Elias Pettersson is now tied for first all-time as the Canucks leading rookie point producer (60 points). Pettersson is an interesting dude and it should not be out of the realm of possibility that he absolutely destroys his go-ahead tally. No doubt, he’ll be choked he didn’t get an opportunity to shoot on his penalty shot yesterday (which actually should have counted as a goal) so dropping a 100mph slapshot on Crawford will be the icing on the cake.
  • Sven Baertschi has been cleared for contact and the fact he can still play is beyond amazing. This story has become a rallying cry for an awesome human being that deserves a proper chance to live out his career. There have been many stories in the last while about concussions and former NHLer Daniel Carcillo has spearheaded a change to how the game is played. This isn’t like Manny Malhotra’s eye injury or a severed tendon ala Kevin Bieksa, Sven Baertschi has shown serious regression in head health and it was anyone’s guess if he ever got the chance to play hockey again. He’s a valuable part of the Canucks right now and carrying on where he left off when he went away will help the Canucks finish this season the right way.
  • Continuing with Baertschi, Sven left the Canucks with five goals in his last 10 games. A nice edition tonight to go along with Brock Boeser’s resurgence. Boeser is on a six-game point streak (2G/5A) and has nine points in his last 10. The “Killer B’s” line needs to come back. There are points waiting for them.
  • Jake Virtanen knows this game is for him. He’s done well in two games this season against the Blackhawks accumulating two goals and an assist. Jake had a few notable plays against Dallas and his drive to the net could be a valuable asset tonight.
  • Patrick Kane is one point away from 100. He’s feasted on the Canucks in his career and it’s a safe bet he gets at least a point tonight. He has points in 32 of his last 37 games, which have made up 62 of his 99 points. Patrick Kane is a Hall of Famer and it’s not even close.

MY 94 CENTS

I honestly believe the Canucks win this game. I have nothing to base it on whatsoever but if it means it keeps the Blackhawks out, the Canucks can play spoiler one more time.

And what the heck, Dekey Pete gets two goals.

And Baertschi scores too!

THE TWITTER TAKE

Patrick Sharp is a great guy but Adam Burish is the voice of reason now? A fully-loaded TTT tonight.



  • Goon

    Great news that Baertschi is healthy.

    Does Chicago have the most lop-sided roster in the league? Their forward group looks like a legit Stanley Cup contender – one of the best in the league. Their defence and goaltending is bottom-5 in the league. Totally bizarre.

    Also, Always90four – I think you meant “additions”, not “editions”.

  • Kootenaydude

    Is it just me or does coach Green seem like a pompous ass? He seems to always call out his players and throw them under the bus. Yet I have never see Green take any accountability when his team loses. The facts are he doesn’t know how to put together a powerplay. He blames the youth for not knowing the suttle nuances of a powerplay. Yet we all know Greens powerplay and entry of the offensive zone is crap. The team can’t hold a lead after the second period. Seems like a coaching problem to me. Team doesn’t show up first period. Worst offensive numbers in the league. Doesn’t use players strengths. Gudbranson said it best. When he has the puck in Pittsburgh. There are outlets for him to pass the puck. This doesn’t happen in Vancouver. Last night was a fine example. Canucks were stuck along the boards all night. This might stir the pot, but maybe we should go after Quenville in the off season?!

    • Goon

      Green doesn’t run the powerplay – Newell Brown does. I have tonnes of respect for what Brown did in his first couple of seasons with Vancouver, and in his first couple of seasons with Arizona, too, but it’s clear that he’s not a good fit with this group of players.

  • crofton

    Sven isn’t going to save Vancouver’s season. He should not play until next year. In fact, he should consider hanging them up and call it a career. He may be one (called or uncalled) head shot away from wanting to sit in a darkened room for the rest of his life.

    • PotKettleBlack

      Yes, you’d know all about sitting in a darkened room with your failed reffing course paperwork and ‘best of Tony Gallagher’ snark tapes playing while shouting at the HNIC coverage wouldn’t you crofton…