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Canucks Army Game Day 76 – Canucks Vs. Blue Jackets (Murphy Bed Edition)

THE INTRO

Right back at it tonight, the Canucks host the Blue Jackets of Columbus and there are two valuable points up for grabs. Vancouver lost a close one to Calgary last night while a few other Wild Card hopefuls picked up points to further their lead over the Canucks. The Canucks are hanging on to their playoff chances but it isn’t looking good. Jacob Markstrom and Thatcher Demko have kept their team in but there need to be goals on the scoreboard.

John Tortorella’s Blue Jackets have lost four of their last six games and have given up four goals in each of their last two games. Travis Green has a Canucks team that is still hungry and could pop off for four goals themselves.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN +130/CBJ -155) courtesy of OddsShark

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 7:00 PM

LINEUPS

Sven Baertschi is still a coach’s game-time decision as he’s been cleared to play. According to the post-game with Jeff Paterson a night ago, Troy Stecher is good to go tonight after taking a puck to the face against Calgary. Ryan Spooner may be in the lineup along with Baertschi-clone Nikolay Goldobin 😉 Quinn Hughes is still a no-go but there will no doubt be a million tweets when the news is even remotely close.

Vancouver needs to shuffle it a bit in these final games.

Thatcher Demko will get the start tonight after Jacob Markstrom had his hands full against Calgary one night ago.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 72.0#88 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 76.3#42 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 70.8#101 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.04#30 FL1
Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 73.3#54 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 78.2#28 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 81.3#4 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.60#6 FL2
Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 71.2#132 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 70.5#152 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 70.9#96 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.87#25 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 70.5#121 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.9#185 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 70.2#113 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.56#31 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 76.0#22 LD

Alex Biega
ALEX BIEGA

Rating: 71.5#81 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.74#23 DL1
Guillaume Brisebois
GUILLAUME BRISEBOIS
Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 73.0#47 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.05#21 DL2
Ashton Sautner
ASHTON SAUTNER

Rating: 72.8#65 LD

Luke Schenn
LUKE SCHENN

Rating: 68.8#101 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.80#24 DL3

Ryan Murray (upper body) is still on IR and will not play this evening. Nick Foligno is still out due to personal matters. Most importantly, Sergei Bobrovsky will not suit after taking some shots over this season. Should be back soon.

Joonas Korpisalo should start this evening.

Blue Jackets lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Artemi Panarin
ARTEMI PANARIN

Rating: 80.3#11 LW

Pierre-Luc Dubois
PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS

Rating: 75.7#47 C

Cam Atkinson
CAM ATKINSON

Rating: 80.5#8 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.82#12 FL1
Ryan Dzingel
RYAN DZINGEL

Rating: 73.7#49 LW

Matt Duchene
MATT DUCHENE

Rating: 77.2#36 C

Josh Anderson
JOSH ANDERSON

Rating: 75.7#35 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.53#13 FL2
Eric Robinson
ERIC ROBINSON

Rating: 72.8#72 LW

Riley Nash
RILEY NASH

Rating: 69.5#169 C

Boone Jenner
BOONE JENNER

Rating: 74.5#45 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.28#18 FL3
Brandon Dubinsky
BRANDON DUBINSKY

Rating: 68.9#176 LW

Alexander Wennberg
ALEXANDER WENNBERG

Rating: 70.9#137 C

Oliver Bjorkstrand
OLIVER BJORKSTRAND

Rating: 72.6#66 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.81#17 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Zach Werenski
ZACH WERENSKI

Rating: 77.6#12 LD

Seth Jones
SETH JONES

Rating: 79.6#12 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 78.62#7 DL1
Markus Nutivaara
MARKUS NUTIVAARA

Rating: 71.9#84 LD

David Savard
DAVID SAVARD

Rating: 73.5#41 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.72#24 DL2
Scott Harrington
SCOTT HARRINGTON

Rating: 68.7#128 LD

Adam McQuaid
ADAM MCQUAID

Rating: 69.4#97 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 69.04#30 DL3

YOUR INFORMATIONAL NEEDS FOR TONIGHT’S GAME

  • Brock Boeser will look to extend his eight-game point streak to nine after scoring a laser beam against the Flames last night. Boeser has been on point when his linemate, Elias Pettersson, has struggled to find the back of the net. Thankfully, Boeser looks like a guy who will only get better and with a full offseason of training, he could be back to his rookie ways in a few months time.
  • Artemi Panarin will be looking for a new contract come July 1 and his season with the Blue Jackets is attracting attention. He currently has 76 points and would be a great fit on the Canucks top line next season but it will take a Brinks truck to lure him to town. He hasn’t scored in 11 games and has five assists spread out over that same period. Panarin is just under a point-per-game in his young career (309 points in 314 games) and will be one of the top targets to sign in a few months. If the Canucks are smart, they’ll play a strong game to attract him to their side. That works, right?
  • The Canucks aren’t among the league-lead in PK% or SHG but they are one of the most penalized teams in the league having gone shorthanded 234 times so far this season. Watching Vancouver’s ability to create scoring chances off broken plays by their opponent has seemed like it’s happening more and more. They’re displaying a lot of speed off the rush after teams get set up on the PP and they may score a goal or two before the season ends.
  • Vancouver and Columbus won’t be charitable on the PK today, however. The Canucks have an 85% kill rate at home while the Blue Jackets have an 84% road rate, both 4th in the league respectively. On the flip side, the power play isn’t even a starting point for either team, they’re both atrocious! This game will be won 5v5.
  • If the Canucks lose today, there’s a good chance it’s off the stick of Cam Atkinson… and shorthanded. Atkinson has eight game-winning goals, one more than Pettersson, and four shorthanded goals. Add to that, Atkinson has 38 goals on the season and you have a recipe for a winner. Good luck, Canucks!

MY 94 CENTS

Jake, Pettersson, Leivo all scored the last time the Canucks faced the Jackets in a 3-2 win. There were flashes of brilliance against Calgary last night and it might just be little changes but the Canucks can win this game tonight. Depending on the lineup changes, if any, Baertschi could add a spark as could Goldobin.

Not holding out any real hope for change but the Canucks are still playing watchable hockey which wasn’t the case a year ago.

THE TWITTER TAKE

I think he has a sedan so there are three more windows to go.

  • Kootenaydude

    Boesers goal last night wasn’t a laser beam. It was lucky. It deflected off a player and Horvat had a perfect screen on Smith. Also there’s no chance Panarin comes to Vancouver when he sees the way his Russian comrades have been handled in Vancouver. When Columbus is rolling, they play a game that just smothers the opposition. Canucks are going to have to give a whole 60 minutes to beat these guys.

  • Puck Viking

    Theres lots of good wingers around via UFA or offer sheet. Dzingel would be good and much cheaper than panarin as an example. We could get Dzingel and offer sheet Kapanen probably for the same price as Panarin.

  • Killer Marmot

    Not holding out any real hope for change but the Canucks are still playing watchable hockey which wasn’t the case a year ago.

    The Canucks finished on a hot streak last year, earning 14 points in their last 9 games.

  • Goon

    The Canucks haven’t been mathematically eliminated yet, but they’re not making the playoffs. Every reasonable person has known this since at least the beginning of March.

    • Bud Poile

      Last night’s game was # 75 on the year.The team played good enough to rival the Western Conference leaders.
      Players have competed hard into what is the end of the schedule.

      • canuckfan

        Many of the players in the lineup would not have been there if it were not for the injuries and still they competed the depth is a tad bit deeper but still a ways to go. The team is trending in the right direction don’t need to sign any free agents as there are no short cuts concentrate on resigning players and adding depth through the draft the core is starting to develop the young players are learning how to compete. I hope Edler resigns and is part of the teams next couple of runs in the playoffs. No I don’t think they will compete for a cup the next couple of years but they will make them next year and it will be another learning experience of what it takes adding some role players to support and if Hughes is the real deal the team will be fun to watch.

    • Goon

      This is a team with 32 wins and 44 losses, that lost to that Western Conference leader and then got shellacked the next game to a playoff bubble team.

      This team is not a contender, or a playoff bubble team – they’re a lottery team, for the fourth consecutive year under Benning.

  • Kanuckhotep

    I agree with the view Panarin will never sign here and Bobrovsky won’t either. Good pro players and all that but Term and Coin would be excessive and wouldn’t be wise for Benning to go there presently. Need D most and think we’re good in goal for a few years.

  • canuckfan

    Watching the game going to take some huge efforts to get back into the game to many mistakes have been costly Demko getting into the grove perhaps would want a do over on a couple, but he will need to learn the speed of the game.