Canucks Army THE GAME DAY – Canucks Vs. Flyers (HNiC)

THE INTRO

It’s tough to follow up a thrashing like the Canucks gave Los Angeles a few nights ago but they’ll definitely try tonight. Vancouver takes on Philadelphia on Hockey Night in Canada this evening in what should be a fast-paced affair. The Flyers start their Western Canadian road trip against the Canucks and finish against the Oilers on Wednesday.

For the Canucks, they’ll look to improve on a power play that hasn’t exactly set the world on fire yet. Going 1/12 in three games, they’ll need results soon to keep the current unit intact. With Captain Bo Horvat now official, the Canucks can focus on playing for the W. Should be fun tonight, it always is against Philadelphia.

Let’s Do This!™

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

CBC / SN650 / 7:00 PM

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

Here are the odds for tonight’s game brought to you by Oddsshark.com: (VAN -120 / PHI +100)

LINEUPS

When you thump a team 8-2, you don’t change anything. Loui Eriksson remains in the press box for tonight’s game and everyone gets to keep their spot in the lineup for at least another night. J.T. Miller seems to have made quick friends on the top line while Micheal Ferland has already taken on more of an “energy” role.

Jacob Markstrom was otherworldly against the Kings and he’ll get another start.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 73.3#60 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 75.7#30 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 75.4#21 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.81#25 FL1
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 73.4#54 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 75.4#34 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 71.3#83 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.37#20 FL2
Micheal Ferland
MICHEAL FERLAND

Rating: 72.3#77 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 69.1#181 C

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 70.6#156 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.67#29 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 70.3#120 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 68.8#186 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 70.5#94 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.84#28 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 76.5#11 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.7#39 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.10#14 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 73.9#43 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.8#82 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.89#25 DL2
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 73.2#63 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 72.7#59 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.96#12 DL3

 

Former Kelowna Rocket Carsen Twarnyski is up with the Flyers and although he only has two shots through two games, the Canucks may get a taste of what they’ll see in the future from the young star. Nolan Patrick is still out with concussion symptoms and is deemed week-to-week.

Carter Hart will get the nod this evening. Expect him to have a Vezina-nominated performance. Those Dub goalies, I’m tellin’ ya.

Flyers lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Claude Giroux
CLAUDE GIROUX

Rating: 77.4#16 LW

Kevin Hayes
KEVIN HAYES

Rating: 74.9#44 C

Jakub Voracek
JAKUB VORACEK

Rating: 74.4#31 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.55#20 FL1
Oskar Lindblom
OSKAR LINDBLOM

Rating: 72.8#71 LW

Sean Couturier
SEAN COUTURIER

Rating: 78.4#14 C

Travis Konecny
TRAVIS KONECNY

Rating: 74.7#47 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.28#6 FL2
James van Riemsdyk
JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK

Rating: 75.5#29 LW

Scott Laughton
SCOTT LAUGHTON

Rating: 70.7#153 C

Carsen Twarnyski
CARSEN TWARNYSKI
FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.09#6 FL3
Connor Bunnaman
CONNOR BUNNAMAN

Rating: 73.7#45 LW

Michael Raffl
MICHAEL RAFFL

Rating: 70.2#121 C

Tyler Pitlick
TYLER PITLICK

Rating: 69.9#102 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.25#14 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ivan Provorov
IVAN PROVOROV

Rating: 72.8#71 LD

Justin Braun
JUSTIN BRAUN

Rating: 70.8#102 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 71.78#31 DL1
Travis Sanheim
TRAVIS SANHEIM

Rating: 73.5#56 LD

Matt Niskanen
MATT NISKANEN

Rating: 73.0#56 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.23#22 DL2
Robert Hagg
ROBERT HAGG

Rating: 69.9#120 LD

Shayne Gostisbehere
SHAYNE GOSTISBEHERE

Rating: 73.1#66 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.48#25 DL3

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • J.T. Miller is your clubhouse leader after three games this season with five points. Quinn Hughes, Tanner Pearson, and Brandon Sutter all sit second with three points. Exactly how you drew it up.
  • Alex Edler is already averaging over 25 minutes a game through three games this season. He’ll be relied upon heavily still but that number needs to drop if this team wants to be fresh come April. It’s been proven Edler can’t handle a full season with ice-time like that.
  • Number 57 for the Canucks is tied for 15th in CF% with 60. Tyler Myers has logged just a smidgen over 50 minutes through three games so far but he’s ahead in the shot war. Not saying, just saying.
  • Jacob Markstrom has been a hero so far. All the stories have been about Bo, or Petey, or Boeser, or heck even Sutter but Markstrom has low-key dominated and has kept the Canucks relevant at the beginning of the season instead of when they’re clawing back later in the season. Is it the lack of ears on his mask, just more confidence in himself, or is the threat of Thatcher Demko challenging him in a contract year all the motivation he needs?
  • What will Quinn Hughes do this evening? Will he dazzle? Will he score? Will there be a shift that we won’t be able to forget for a long time? He brings so many questions with him and yet the only answer he has given us and all we’ve needed is this – “Yes”.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

And so the Bo love affair begins… (he ain’t wrong)

This jacket… not so sessy

MY 94 CENTS

Carter Hart is kind of a good goalie. He was tough to beat in Junior and he’s proven the NHL is but a toy to play with. Count on a few five-alarm saves tonight but also count on Brock Boeser finding his shot and putting at least one, no, two goals past Hart. Very excited to see Twarnyski play as he was a delight to watch in Kelowna. Can always use a guy like that.

AND THERE’S THIS…

What could possibly go wrong?