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Canucks Army Game Day 79 – Canucks Vs. Stars (Just Eliminated Edition)

THE INTRO

Well, it’s official: the Vancouver Canucks won’t be playing for the Stanley Cup this season. Shocking, we know. Thankfully, Quinn Hughes did enough in his NHL debut to excite the fans to show up for another game and see what he can do next. The Stars are rolling with a three-game win streak in tow and if they knock off the Canucks tonight, they lock their golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s Choc… no wait, the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Cherish these moments because it’s looking more and more likely the Canucks will be making waves to improve this team as soon as possible. Call it a hunch.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

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

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

CBC / SN 650 / 7:00 pm

LINEUPS

Quinn Hughes made quite the impact in his debut and will once again be flanked by Luke Schenn. Guillaume Brisebois’ season is likely finished with the Canucks and Derrick Pouliot’s days as a Canuck are also in jeopardy. It appears Tanner Pearson and Loui Eriksson will finish the season with Bo Horvat and if there was one more olive branch to extend, Nikolay Goldobin might get a shot to replace Ryan Spooner.

Thatcher Demko could use the starts but Jacob Markstrom needs to hit 60 games to give his contract negotiations a boost. With the postseason now unreachable, Demko should see half of the remaining starts.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 74.2#44 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 77.7#30 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 72.3#77 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.73#27 FL1
Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 73.9#49 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 77.8#29 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 80.9#5 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.55#5 FL2
Ryan Spooner
RYAN SPOONER

Rating: 70.9#134 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 70.0#157 C

Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 70.7#100 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.55#29 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 71.2#105 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.8#185 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.4#89 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.15#23 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 77.3#12 LD

Alex Biega
ALEX BIEGA

Rating: 71.4#75 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.36#19 DL1
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 71.1#102 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 73.7#39 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.44#23 DL2
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES
Luke Schenn
LUKE SCHENN

Rating: 68.5#102 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 68.49#30 DL3

Tyler Pitlick had wrist surgery and may be ready for playoffs if the Stars are there. I feel like I’ve said this before. Mats Zuccarello underwent surgery to repair a broken arm. Again, he may be ready for the playoffs in just over a week’s time.

Ben Bishop is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and did not play on Thursday night. Anton Khubodin will be the probable starter but Bishop could back him up.

Stars lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Mattias Janmark
MATTIAS JANMARK

Rating: 70.5#149 LW

Tyler Seguin
TYLER SEGUIN

Rating: 82.3#11 C

Alexander Radulov
ALEXANDER RADULOV

Rating: 79.8#8 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.54#17 FL1
Jamie Benn
JAMIE BENN

Rating: 78.7#14 LW

Roope Hintz
ROOPE HINTZ

Rating: 72.8#86 C

Jason Dickinson
JASON DICKINSON

Rating: 70.2#112 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.91#22 FL2
Andrew Cogliano
ANDREW COGLIANO

Rating: 71.2#104 LW

Radek Faksa
RADEK FAKSA

Rating: 73.0#79 C

Blake Comeau
BLAKE COMEAU

Rating: 70.4#118 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.56#21 FL3
Valeri Nichushkin
VALERI NICHUSHKIN

Rating: 72.0#81 LW

Joel L'Esperance
JOEL L’ESPERANCE

Rating: 72.8#84 C

Brett Ritchie
BRETT RITCHIE

Rating: 70.3#110 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.72#7 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Esa Lindell
ESA LINDELL

Rating: 75.6#24 LD

John Klingberg
JOHN KLINGBERG

Rating: 82.6#4 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 79.12#4 DL1
Miro Heiskanen
MIRO HEISKANEN

Rating: 76.7#1 LD

Roman Polak
ROMAN POLAK

Rating: 71.0#83 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.83#14 DL2
Taylor Fedun
TAYLOR FEDUN

Rating: 72.5#75 LD

Ben Lovejoy
BEN LOVEJOY

Rating: 70.6#90 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.57#14 DL3

 

YOUR (QU)INFORMATIONAL NEEDS FOR TONIGHT’S GAME

  • Brock Boeser has goals in three of his last five games and five in his last 10. Brock is four goals back of 30 which eluded him one season ago before going down to injury. Boeser is one point away from equalling his rookie year of 55 points and the way his game has been going, tonight seems like he’ll get that out of the way.
  • It feels like an eternity has passed since Elias Pettersson’s last goal. His reverse-hits, dangles, and assists have sufficed but missing out on Pettersson goals is not a fun feeling. Elias had 10 goals in his first 10 games, has gone through a few injury scares, and is currently struggling through a stretch of two goals in 20 games. His talent will eventually bump this thing but for now, we wait.
  • Even though he’s only played one game, if Quinn Hughes keeps his pace up, and plays approximately 600 NHL games, he’ll have 600 points. Unbelievable! Only five Canucks have achieved such a mark, two of them are even related.
  • Whether it happens this season or at the beginning of next year, Bo Horvat has dug tooth and nail to earn the Captaincy. He’s eclipsed his career-high of 52 points with 59, currently. He leads the Canucks by a wide margin in iHDCF with 69 and has Boeser beat for iSCF with 152 to 117. It still seems weird that we thought a 9th overall pick wasn’t enough for Cory Schneider.
  • Luke Schenn has been a monster since joining the Canucks. It isn’t that often that a veteran works out for the Canucks but in one game, one game alone, he may have cemented himself on this team for at least one more season. Through 14 games with VAN, Schenn has 62 hits, good for 12th on the team. He’s averaging 4.5 hits at 5v5 and if he keeps up his pace he’ll be 9th on the team with only 18 games played. He’s the Dan Hamhuis to Hughes’ Bieksa. Imagine the possibilities! Obviously not the same talent levels but a defensively sound defender allowing the run and gun kid to do his thing.

MY 94 CENTS

Quinn Hughes has changed my outlook for the Canucks. He’s given Luke Schenn a contract that none of us saw coming. Of course, he’ll have to keep protecting Hughes but they look pretty good together. The pipe dream of playoffs is closed so we just enjoy what’s left. Travis Green needs to employ a fast, puck-moving power play as his first gift to Hughes much like what we saw with the Kings a few nights ago.

There is hope for this team but Jim Benning needs to pull the trigger on a couple more moves before this thing can get off the ground.

THE TWITTER TAKE

*cues up Weezer* Say it ain’t sooooo OOOO oooo oh!

  • ClassOF2011

    Who cares… we are out of the playoffs again… Trevor KNEW.

    I want you armchair laughers to THINK about these comments alllll summer long..

    “The bottom line is our goal is win games and to be competitive to make the playoffs. That’s what we’re here for.” Jim Benning Feb 14th 2018

    “I like our defence now and I like our centre ice. I can’t wait until the season starts.” – Benning

    “This is year 2 and by our 4th (2017-18) or 5th (2018-19) I hope and expect that we are right there with the elite teams in the league” – Benning

    How can any true Canucks fan be backing this epic failure!! #firebenning #liar

  • copey

    Hughes is not Bieksa in any way. That’s a silly comparison. He might be a Paul Reinhart, and that would be dandy. But Reinhart was much bigger (205 lb by the end.) Hughes should not be dishing out hits or receiving them. And he should never, ever fight. Bieksa was a heavyweight champ, remember? I only wish he would have pummelled Ferland in the playoffs, but I guess he was playing hurt.

    Hughes also got turnstiled once really badly in the first game, but Demko bailed him out. Let’s temper the expectations, just slightly, especially on the playing defence part, ok?

    Also, this notion that Demko isn’t somehow ready is ridiculous. He was excellent last game, and would have won in regulation but for one error, and even then he made the first save with his toe and it’s the D’s fault for not boxing the scorer off the puck.

  • wojohowitz

    They got lucky last year when they finished 6-1-2 and still picked Hughes. This year I expect one more win and a 3-6 run to end the season but they will still pick 7th or 8th and I`m only seeing 4 impact players including Byram and Cozens. Maybe they finally move up on the ping pong balls.

    • Puck Viking

      Turcotte or Byram is who I want if picking 3rd or higher.

      All of Dach, Pod, Zegras, Boldy, Cozens and Krebs will all be top 6 forwards. As to what order they fall in who knows but we will get another good player. Cozens scares me the most, he could be another Virtanen but almost looks like Pierre Luc Dubois.

  • Holly Wood

    I appreciate your comment re Luke Schenn. I had written him off when he arrived and felt he was done as a nhl defencemen. Always liked physical play from the d men and know it contributes to success in the long run. Don’t know if there is a roster spot for him next year but right now he brings something virtually every night. A little backbone goes a long way.

    • canuckfan

      Luke Schenn I believe should be resigned by the Canucks, but not for any large sums of money or term Perhaps build in some bonuses so that he always has something to play for. In Utica if he doesn’t make the NHL he can be an example for the prospects of how hard they need to work hype won’t help you make the big league it is about working hard and supporting the team.

  • Beer Can Boyd

    so, Huttons WAR data is not up to snuff, so we should trade him while his value is high? Uh… possibly the other teams might also have access to this data? Not sure who Harman Dayal is, or what his qualifications for being a hockey writer are, but that is one of the stupidest, most poorly thought out tweets i’ve ever seen. I’ll never give my money to the Athletic, because they employ that cretin Botchford, but I’m guessing Dayal has based an entire article around trading Hutton.

  • Kanuckhotep

    Is the defence largely set for next year? Schenn is a keeper and I see no problem with Quinn Hughes fitting in. Stecher and Hutton, Edler and Tanev and the Bulldog makes seven. Juolevi may finally fit in and have several young Ds waiting in the wings. Unless it’s Karlsson (highly doubtful) Benning should not throw obscene amounts of coin at Tyler Myers or anyone else. I could be dead wrong on this but it would be a waist of money. how about getting someone who can play with Petey and Vrock instead?