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Canucks Army Game Day 80 – Canucks Vs. Sharks (Home Finale Edition)

THE INTRO

It’s the final home game of the 2018/19 season for your Vancouver Canucks. It had its ups and downs but overall the team is in the same place. The 50/50 will be in the 100s of thousands, Quinn Hughes will score his first to end the year and so will Elias Pettersson. The Sharks are in town and they always give the Canucks fits; tonight shouldn’t be any different.

Knowing the Canucks, though, expect the unexpected.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN +130 / SJS -150) courtesy of OddsShark

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 7:00 PM

LINEUPS

Jake Virtanen skated on his own on Monday and is day-to-day. Tyler Motte is most likely done for the year.  Based on practice, Teves, Pouliot, Sautner, and Goldobin will all be scratches.

The Canucks would be smart to put Thatcher Demko in tonight, get Jacob Markstrom his 60th start next game and then follow up with one more for Demko to end the season.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 74.2#45 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 78.0#29 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 72.3#76 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.82#28 FL1
Sven Baertschi
SVEN BAERTSCHI

Rating: 73.5#53 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 77.8#31 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 81.1#5 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.43#3 FL2
Ryan Spooner
RYAN SPOONER

Rating: 70.9#141 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 70.0#164 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 73.9#47 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.60#21 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 70.4#114 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.9#192 C

Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 70.9#142 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.74#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 77.6#11 LD

Alex Biega
ALEX BIEGA

Rating: 71.7#74 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.64#16 DL1
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 71.0#107 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 73.7#41 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.37#24 DL2
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES
Luke Schenn
LUKE SCHENN

Rating: 68.9#101 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 68.86#30 DL3

 

Will Erik Karlsson return to the Sharks for tonight’s game? Maybe. He was hoping to get game action before the playoffs started and a game against the Canucks would be a cake walk. Radim Simek had season-ending ACL and MCL surgery. Ouch! Also, Joe Pavelski has a mysterious injury and won’t play tonight.

Pick your poison: Martin Jones or Aaron Dell to start. They both have stellar records against the Canucks so there isn’t a choice that’s incorrect. My pick is Aaron Dell. Rest Jones for the playoffs.

Sharks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Timo Meier
TIMO MEIER

Rating: 77.9#21 LW

Logan Couture
LOGAN COUTURE

Rating: 80.7#16 C

Gustav Nyquist
GUSTAV NYQUIST

Rating: 74.7#40 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.76#15 FL1
Evander Kane
EVANDER KANE

Rating: 77.7#22 LW

Tomas Hertl
TOMAS HERTL

Rating: 79.1#24 C

Lukas Radil
LUKAS RADIL

Rating: 72.7#64 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.52#9 FL2
Marcus Sorensen
MARCUS SORENSEN

Rating: 73.5#52 LW

Joe Thornton
JOE THORNTON

Rating: 75.3#50 C

Kevin Labanc
KEVIN LABANC

Rating: 74.7#41 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 74.51#3 FL3
Melker Karlsson
MELKER KARLSSON

Rating: 71.1#99 LW

Barclay Goodrow
BARCLAY GOODROW

Rating: 71.5#94 C

Joonas Donskoi
JOONAS DONSKOI

Rating: 73.7#48 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.11#5 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC

Rating: 75.8#23 LD

Brent Burns
BRENT BURNS

Rating: 83.4#2 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 79.61#2 DL1
Brenden Dillon
BRENDEN DILLON

Rating: 72.3#75 LD

Justin Braun
JUSTIN BRAUN

Rating: 71.8#70 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.07#25 DL2
Joakim Ryan
JOAKIM RYAN

Rating: 71.5#94 LD

Tim Heed
TIM HEED

Rating: 75.8#26 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.64#3 DL3

YOUR INFORMATIONAL NEEDS FOR TONIGHT’S GAME

  • Luke Schenn is 18 hits away from being tied for 8th on the team this season. He has three games to go and will undoubtedly make it. His sample size is small but he has a 4.7 Hits/GP ratio. Schenn isn’t all about the hits, though, he’s more than a one-dimensional battering ram. Luke Schenn gives Quinn Hughes freedom to roam which Erik Gudbranson would not have allowed (and you thought I was done with him). Schenn is going to lock down a new deal in Vancouver and it’s quite the story.
  • Do you hate seeing guys like Tanner Pearson and Markus Granlund in the shootout? You do, it was a leading question. See how I didn’t ask if you liked the shootout? This isn’t that kind of deal. If the Canucks get to the shootout again this season, as soon as tonight possibly, Markus Granlund (37.5%), Josh Leivo/Elias Pettersson (33.3%), Tanner Pearson/Brock Boeser (25.0%) are the leading shooters for the Canucks in the bonus round this season. Not a lot of flash, aside from Pettersson, but they connect. Believe or not, Granlund has won the shootout twice this season. GRANLUND!
  • The Sharks have held this current group of Canucks off the scoresheet for the most part and if you had to put your money on someone it would be the future Captain, Bo Horvat. Bo has six goals in 21 games, the sole leader of the current Canucks. Markus Granlund has three in 13 games and Brock Boeser has three goals in eight games. It gets pretty grim after that.
  • Vancouver’s power-play has seen some new looks but it’s still the same old thing. Since the beginning of the 2016/17 season, Bo Horvat has been the hero 20 times with the man-advantage. Brock Boeser is right behind him with 18 goals and if he didn’t have to sit for the first two games last season or have to wait to get on the power-play in the first place, he may very well lead that category. What the Canucks need is a new approach next season. They had a few games to start where the puck moved freely and quickly and it resulted in goals. That needs to happen again.
  • Jay Beagle is about to finish a season he will have wished had a different story. The injuries didn’t help but his Corsi doesn’t help either. Of the 762 players that have played at least 200 minutes at 5v5 this season, his 40.18 CF% is 12th-worst in the NHL. He’s on a shutdown line so his stats won’t look pretty to begin with but that’s pretty bad. The Canucks need a healthy Beagle next season because he’s costing them more than just dollars.

MY 94 CENTS

Thankfully this isn’t the last Canucks game of the season. As much as this team destroys my patience and belief in a better reality on the ice, I will miss this group. There will be big changes this offseason and there’s a remote chance Alex Edler isn’t a Canuck anymore. A very remote chance, but still.

Tonight’s game won’t exactly mimic the one played a year ago when the Sedins called it a career but it will have some fireworks, don’t you worry.

I predict a win as well as the goals from the heroes above.

THE TWITTER TAKE

This has ZERO to do with the Canucks but when you look at that team, a team that has two 100-point players, that misses the playoffs and will still have a chance at being worse than the Canucks, you have to wonder: “Are the Canucks really that bad?” Yes they are, but not as bad as the Oilers.

  • Goon

    The fact that the Oilers can miss the playoffs with career years from McDavid (115 pts, could hit 120), Draisitl (102 points, could hit 50 goals) and Nugent-Hopkins (65 points, would be the Canucks’ leading scorer) is shocking and if Katz doesn’t completely clean house this off-season, he’s out of his mind.

    I often see people saying that the Oilers show that tanking for high picks doesn’t work. That’s not the problem with the Oilers. The problem with the Oilers is they’ve never had a management group that’s been able to identify and attract useful supplementary NHL players, and to surround that amazing high-end talent with even a league-average supporting cast.

      • ClassOF2011

        Only a trolling idiot who has NEVER played the game would slobber out utter nonsense like this. Like Locust? Checkkkkkkkkk.

        Chicago, Pittsburgh, Toronto have all properly tanked and are laughing at you… as are we. Edmonton never tanked because they have just been THAT bad.

        Off you go Locust the four year whiner, sulking and furious.

        • Kootenaydude

          Toronto, Edmonton and Buffalo are all tankers and they haven’t really done anything. The odds have changed against teams that tank, but you knew that.

          • ClassOF2011

            “all that matters is the playoffs” – Bud Poile

            So, how is that workin out for ya Dud?

            You mad bro? Let’s talk about it… what the hell has happened – FOUR years we can never have back man, with zero playoffs under epic fail Benning? Dud…. dud………..?

          • MattyT's Mom

            HEY. I saw a story about building the front office. Matty would like a job working the front office. Or even something in the BACK END. He’s got LOTS of experience there!

      • DogBreath

        At risk of grossly over-simplifying, Edmonton’s extended period of losing points to incompetent leadership more than an intentional tank.Their inability to shake their losing ways over the past decade (esp recently) generally isn’t about lack of top end talent, but diverse leadership that knows about creating a winning culture in this era. They lost that culture of winning (read entitlement in younger past players) many years ago and haven’t been able to rediscover it. It’s a reminder to us Canuck fans that it’s not simply about assembling high end talent, but supporting that talent with the right people to lead and grow the talent.

  • Kanuckhotep

    Until the fans in Edmonton decide to stay away from the arena and not buy 10 dollar beers and 15 dollar hamburgers or whatever the hell it is their ownership will never have any interest in improving the on ice product which is a cash cow for them. It ain’t LA or New York or even Vancouver or Toronto where there are other things to do. In Edmonton what else do they have but their NHL team? A cow town. It certainly doesn’t help having the best player on the planet in McDavid on your team and not being interested in what this phenom can do. It’s a mess but it makes money and because it’s a business after all that’s all that matters to Katz.

  • canuckfan

    The problem with Edmonton is they just don’t have the right mix of players outside of the top 3 stars. The top two have eaten up a lot of the salary cap and then they have Lukic’s contract. After their last playoff series most thought holly crap they are going to be cup challengers for the next decade. Canucks played them to start the season and kicked them to the curb and they have not been the same since. They keep making changes to GM’s, coaches, and players mostly goalies. Too bad such a great player lost on a crappy team could it be his personality is he the problem, maybe not the leader they thought he was. Being the best player on the team doesn’t always make a good captain. Seems since he was given the “C” and signed the big contract the team has not been able to get anywhere.