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CanucksArmy Preseason Postgame: Canucks show up in Abbotsford

The Canucks were in Abbotsford tonight to sign autographs and play the Senators in their 6th preseason game, which saw locals leave happy following an offensive showcase resulting in a Canucks 6-4 win. Ownership was also reported to be in the house to take in the game and potentially view the arena, location and chat with fans about Abbotsford being home for a minor league team.

The Canucks lineup for this one featured familiar pairings in Horvat – Miller, Pettersson – Boeser, Edler – Myers, and Benn – Stecher, while Markstrom got the start. Virtanen got the start on the fourth line while Pearson got a shot with Horvat and Miller.

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The Senators sent a lineup littered with forwards who are battling to make impressions and a D corps that is close to what Ottawa will ice for the season opener. Nilsson got the start and played the full 60.

Highlights

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Game Notes

  • Powerplays in the first period looked energized and weren’t shy about shooting. Zone entries were clean and puck movement got better as the powerplays went on. It was odd seeing Horvat on the 2nd unit although he had good entries for that unit. Edler was the point man on the first unit as Hughes didn’t play, FWIW.
  • The Canucks were quickly down to five defencemen as Fantenberg was hit by Szwarz from behind and immediately went to the room and never returned. Fantenberg hadn’t been very noticeable this preseason but came out playing well in his first few shifts, registering a couple shots.
  • The first two Senator goals came off turnovers from Myers and Miller, but they weren’t the only two a bit sloppy with the puck tonight.
  • Powerplays breathed life into the Canucks in the first and a little bit in the second as well, although the Sens controlled the majority of play in the middle frame.
  • The Canucks played better in the third, but neither team really took control at 5 on 5.
  • The Canucks finished the game 4/9 on the powerplay.
  • As one of the Canucks in the lineup fighting for a spot in the lineup, Schaller was nearly invisible all night.

Top Performers

  • Miller had a great net-front presence on the powerplay and came away with two powerplay goals.
  • Pettersson wired home a one-timer from his spot on and added three assists, all on the powerplay.
  • Benn had his best preseason game, taking advantage of his breakaway. He was also responsible with the pick in his own and maintained great gaps.
  • Edler got on scoresheet three times with a goal and two assists.