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Canucks Army Game Day 78 – Canucks Vs. Kings (Hughes News Edition)


The games are coming to a close but the NHL demands each team plays an 82-game schedule. So here we are. Tonight, the rival Los Angeles Kings make their way to Rogers Arena to take on the struggling Vancouver Canucks. On any other night, this game wouldn’t register on the scale of activity but there is news that a newly-signed defenseman coming off a foot injury will suit up tonight.

It’s not huge news, but it is Hughes news. Brock Boeser had an impressive debut, Elias Pettersson did as well, but Canucks fans have yet to have a stud defenseman debut to such fanfare; Luca Sbisa doesn’t quite count.

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The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN -140/LAK +120) courtesy of OddsShark


SNP / SN 650 / 7:00 PM

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Somehow, both Ben Hutton and Quinn Hughes could both play tonight. Hutton who has been out since the beginning of March after blocking a shot against Vegas may finally be back. The other guy, Hughes, is an up and coming defenseman who played his college hockey with Michigan. He was the 7th overall pick of the Canucks a year ago. The early reports are that he could help the Canucks right away.

Hope he’s good.

They won’t all be bad games. Jacob Markstrom will be the probable starter even though he was picked apart by the Ducks a few nights ago.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson

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Rating: 73.9#46 LW

Bo Horvat

Rating: 77.3#33 C

Loui Eriksson

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Rating: 72.3#71 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.51#27 FL1
Josh Leivo

Rating: 73.0#61 LW

Elias Pettersson

Rating: 78.1#29 C

Brock Boeser

Rating: 81.3#4 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.46#8 FL2
Sven Baertschi

Rating: 73.7#49 LW

Adam Gaudette

Rating: 70.2#160 C

Markus Granlund

Rating: 70.8#91 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.60#21 FL3
Tim Schaller

Rating: 70.9#107 LW

Jay Beagle

Rating: 67.8#191 C

Jake Virtanen

Rating: 71.0#90 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.90#28 FL4
Alexander Edler

Rating: 76.8#20 LD

Troy Stecher

Rating: 73.0#49 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.91#18 DL1
Ashton Sautner

Rating: 72.7#68 LD

Luke Schenn

Rating: 68.4#99 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 70.57#29 DL2
Josh Teves
Alex Biega

Rating: 71.7#74 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.74#14 DL3


Ilya Kovalchuk won’t be in the lineup. He doesn’t get along with Willie Desjardins, no way? Drew Doughty hasn’t run his mouth on any current Canucks this week so it’s unlikely he has a vendetta for anyone The usual suspects (Brown, Iafallo, Toffoli, Lewis) are all ready to inflict the next round of pain against Vancouver.

Another team at the bottom that is still easily capable of dismantling the Canucks. It’s sad really.

Jonathan Quick should see the start tonight. He loves him some Canucks.

Kings lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Alex Iafallo

Rating: 71.8#91 LW

Anze Kopitar

Rating: 78.5#26 C

Dustin Brown

Rating: 76.5#29 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.57#23 FL1
Carl Grundstrom

Rating: 73.9#47 LW

Adrian Kempe

Rating: 71.1#86 C

Tyler Toffoli

Rating: 74.3#46 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.09#25 FL2
Kyle Clifford

Rating: 71.0#106 LW

Jeff Carter

Rating: 73.2#81 C

Trevor Lewis

Rating: 70.7#146 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.66#19 FL3
Austin Wagner

Rating: 71.4#101 LW

Jonny Brodzinski

Rating: 70.6#150 C

Kurtis MacDermid

Rating: 69.3#120 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.41#20 FL4
Derek Forbort

Rating: 70.8#108 LD

Drew Doughty

Rating: 77.2#20 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.99#23 DL1
Alec Martinez

Rating: 73.3#57 LD

Matt Roy
DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.25#19 DL2
Sean Walker

Rating: 72.7#66 LD

Dion Phaneuf

Rating: 70.5#89 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.61#15 DL3



  • The Canucks have played the win-sandwich game with the Kings this season. They won the first meeting, dropped the next, and followed up their third game with a win (win sandwich, obviously). Two of the three games went to OT or a shootout with the S/O game ending in a Canucks victory. Both wins in Los Angeles provided power-play goals and near perfection on the PK. Of all the teams this season, the Canucks might be looking forward to this one the most.
  • In their first meeting of the season, the Canucks had a power-play goal, a shorthanded goal, and an empty netter. It doesn’t sound like the same team but it happened. With the addition of Hughes, a few of those events could happen again tonight.
  • Former LA King, Luke Schenn, will be loaded up to unleash some big “hitz” this evening but he needs to know the Kings haven’t sat back in the last week and a half either. Both the Canucks and Kings are tied with 36 hits since last Monday. Most of those have come from Schenn in the last two games and it should be expected he won’t let up tonight. He’s paired with Hughes which will give Quinn a bit more time to be creative knowing Schenn can be the physical presence.
  • Dustin Brown (not a Canuck) has seven goals since the beginning of March. Elias Pettersson has but one. We live in a world where Dustin Brown is still contributing despite his age. Remember when he was almost a Canuc… nevermind.
  • Alex Edler is in some in good company this season. Of the 127 players to score an OT goal this season, he’s one of 21 players (only five defensemen) to score two and also has one of the top-30 SH% overall for defensemen with 7.8%. Edler has had a pretty impressive season even though he’s barely been on the ice. He’s had some impressive games against the Kings too.


If both Hughes and Hutton play, the Canucks win this. Less responsibility is placed on filling roles and more emphasis on actual gameplay. Markstrom will need to tidy up his play and his forwards will need to score a few more goals. Don’t expect Hughes to blow up this game but it’s a home game so anything he does will be amplified.

Luke Schenn has a chance to lock down a contract from here on out. Not saying that’s a good thing.


Imagine THIS is the reason the Canucks add another seven-game road trip that year.

  • Goon

    Glad to see Hughes making his debut tonight, but I’d encourage everyone to temper their expectations. He’s still just 19, this is his first game of professional hockey, and he’s coming off of a foot injury. He might not set the world on fire. I’ve got a lot of hope that he’s going to be an impact defenseman in the NHL for years to come, but he might not be one right out of the gate, and that’s okay.

  • Puck Viking

    Why even bother playing Hutton? Edler should get pulled for Hughes. Again why is Sven going to play? How they don’t think they need to get looks at all these kids is ridiculous. The defense should be:

    Hughes Stetcher
    Sautner Schenn
    Teves Biega

    Get extended looks at Schenn and Biega to see who gets a spot next season. Play Hughes with a quality dman that he could be paired with next season and see if Teves or Sautner have anything for the team moving forward.

    This team makes no sense with anything they do.

    • Goon

      I agree with you about Sven, but as far as the defence goes, playing a bunch of rookies and replacement-level guys isn’t going to tell you much, because they’re just going to get their teeth kicked in. Your lineup has one top-four defenceman in it in Stetcher. Hughes has never played a professional game, Sautner is an AHL defenceman, Teves was just signed out of college, Schenn and Biega are #7’s.

      So you throw this group of guys out there and then go “wow they sure look bad”. That’s not really helpful or informative.

    • Killer Marmot

      It’s a poor idea to throw Hughes into the deep end like that. Let him play 10 to 15 minutes at the bottom pairing for his first few games. He’s never played at this level before. Hughes could get injured trying to do too much too soon.

      • canuckfan

        Also Demko will play in net the lineup posted looked like what was used the last game didn’t match the article either so must have made a mistake when posted the lineup

  • I would like to see a powerplay that has Hughes QB’ing on point, Boeser and Pettersson shooting from the slot, Horvat QB’ing below the red line, and Gaudette in front to create screens and bang in garbage goals.

  • Locust

    How did all the writers here get such a douchey style? It is like perpetual grade nine angst. Very juvenile which totally fits into the trollfest that is CA. Vanessa and Cory are/were the only ones that didnt do that.
    Hughes will be fun to watch but I agree with Goon, no expectations, hope he just goes out and enjoys the experience.

    • MattyT

      Meet Locust everyone… he’s been trashing the writers and the site with the same tired WHINE for FOUR YEARS straight now… no, seriously… he has –

      4 years ago

      TRASH IT! 12
      CHEERS 2
      “12 troll comments out of 23 total – so far. This site has become a total joke.”

      Unbelievable isn’t it. I mean wtf, FOUR YEARS of the same pathetic whine?! 😉

    • Gino's 3rd Cousin

      While I can see your point with certain writers here, I think Always94 keeps it pretty upbeat. It would be impossible to stay 100% positive writing all these pre-games, especially at this point in the season.

  • Jim "Dumpster Fire" Benning

    Sweet! Markstrom gets the start again. The team really needs to see what they have with this Jacob guy. He’s only 29 after all. Keep playing him Travis. We all need to figure out if this guy is a real goalie or not. Thumbs up to developing the 29 year old kids.

  • Fred-65

    Just a thought … Hughes suffered his injury while playing for U of Mich. He did in fact play the following game but has been laid up since that time here in Vcr. Here’s the question we keep wondering why the Vcr roster suffers so many and prolonged injuries each season …. could it be the medical staff in Vcr are super cautious ? I’m not giving an opinion just wondering if these things are related ??

    • Jim "Dumpster Fire" Benning

      If that were true, how would it explain Baertschi playing the past 2 games after missing like 60% of the season with concussion issues? How about Hutton playing tonight? Makes no sense to play these games with only a few games remaining.

      • NeverWas

        Guys, sven makes total sense to play… hes trying to test his melon to see if he can even play anymore. Canucks and Sven wanna know if he is permanently disabled and should retire or if he can rally.

        You cant test these things in practice… you need the intensity of a game and see how he reacts. That way both parties (canucks and sven) can make an informed decision regarding next year.

    • ClassOF2011

      More like super incompetent Fred – the evidence is overwhelming just how bad the Canucks medical ‘experts’ are.

      As for Hughes, this is just another pathetic smokescreen to hype up the dumb and ignorant – the reality is the Canucks are one point away from mathematical playoff elimination … but roll up suckers, Quinn Hughes is lacin’ ’em up in a nothing game between two bottomfeeders. BFD.

      Francesco laughing all the way to the bank. Benning laughing because he still has a job. Pathetic.

    • DJ_44

      Super cautious? He played the following game because it (as it turned out) was the last game of his college career, with him being the teams leader in an elimination game. They also dressed seven d-men and Hughes was used sparingly. So ya, he played, but he probably would not have if not for the importance of the game. Hughes coming to Vancouver, they only wanted him playing a maximum of nine games ….. had a deep bruise ….. put him in a boot an let it heal.

  • Bud Poile

    I have looked forward to this game since Hughes was drafted.
    I expect Canucks fans to fill Roger’s tonight for Hughes.
    Pettersson lit up Canucks nation in his first ten games.
    I hope this young man does well tonight.

  • Locust

    The troll just figured out he can up and down vote multiple times using each of his identities…..now trash it and cheers are sh*tstained as well.
    What’s left? The ads….?