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Canucks Army THE GAME DAY – Canucks @ Blues

THE INTRO

One team is coming off a meeting with a man who has made some very questionable decisions with his personnel, the other made a trip to the White House on Tuesday.

Tonight, the Canucks take on the Blues in St. Louis. Vancouver has been on quite the little run since their home-opener and they’ve scored enough goals to silence even some of the harshest critics. The Blues weren’t a fluke last season and the Canucks will need a dedicated 60-minute game tonight to make this interesting.

If Thatcher Demko has his way, this game will be low-scoring. Jordan Binnington’s already proven he can keep pucks out.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN +160 / STL -180) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SN1 / SN650 / 5:00 PM

LINEUPS

Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser have benefited from being on “The Incubator Line” and tonight they’ll get to show off against the 2019 Calder Trophy runner-up. He’s good, he won Stanley’s Cup.

Micheal Ferland needs to get his hockey together. He hasn’t been more than a courteous door-opener for the first few games this season and yes, we know he got sick and it may take some time for him to get back to normal. Loui Eriksson, suffice it to say, is becoming an option that doesn’t seem terrible. Yup, we’re already there.

Is Adam Gaudette back in? His hockey abilities are aligning more with the Canucks than he of the Ferland variety.

Thatcher Demko will get yet another start as Jacob Markstrom is away from the team until the weekend.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

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

Rating: 74.5#38 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 76.3#29 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 76.0#18 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.59#22 FL1
Micheal Ferland
MICHEAL FERLAND

Rating: 72.3#75 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 75.1#41 C

Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 73.3#49 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.55#15 FL2
Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 72.0#85 LW

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 72.2#103 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 70.8#87 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.67#20 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.8#134 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 68.7#180 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 69.4#172 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.29#31 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 76.5#9 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.8#36 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.15#13 DL1
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 72.3#82 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 72.7#61 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.50#27 DL2
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 74.6#30 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 72.8#60 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.66#6 DL3

Robert Bortuzzo was the extra man in practice so he probably just watches his team get dismantled tonight. The Blues lost a close one to the Islanders a few nights ago and will want to hold court on home ice. This Blues team is pretty talented so the Canucks will have to keep the mistakes to a minimum to have a chance.

Jordan Binnington should be the goalie on record this evening.

Blues lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Jaden Schwartz
JADEN SCHWARTZ

Rating: 76.2#21 LW

Brayden Schenn
BRAYDEN SCHENN

Rating: 74.9#43 C

Vladimir Tarasenko
VLADIMIR TARASENKO

Rating: 78.9#5 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.68#15 FL1
Sammy Blais
SAMMY BLAIS

Rating: 72.7#69 LW

Ryan O'Reilly
RYAN O’REILLY

Rating: 77.3#20 C

David Perron
DAVID PERRON

Rating: 75.9#23 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.32#7 FL2
Robby Fabbri
ROBBY FABBRI

Rating: 70.1#126 LW

Tyler Bozak
TYLER BOZAK

Rating: 73.0#84 C

Alex Steen
ALEX STEEN

Rating: 71.3#104 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.48#24 FL3
MacKenzie MacEachern
MACKENZIE MACEACHERN

Rating: 71.3#102 LW

Ivan Barbashev
IVAN BARBASHEV

Rating: 71.4#130 C

Oskar Sundqvist
OSKAR SUNDQVIST

Rating: 71.9#112 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.57#11 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Carl Gunnarsson
CARL GUNNARSSON

Rating: 73.0#70 LD

Alex Pietrangelo
ALEX PIETRANGELO

Rating: 78.6#5 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.76#11 DL1
Jay Bouwmeester
JAY BOUWMEESTER

Rating: 73.2#59 LD

Colton Parayko
COLTON PARAYKO

Rating: 76.3#18 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.72#10 DL2
Vince Dunn
VINCE DUNN

Rating: 75.3#20 LD

Justin Faulk
JUSTIN FAULK

Rating: 76.6#15 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 75.94#1 DL3

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • Alex Edler’s ice time hasn’t diminished but he’s hung around the league-leaders on defense for points and he’s one goal off the league-lead. The addition of Tyler Myers, Jordie Benn, and Quinn Hughes have helped balance the team’s defense corps and Edler isn’t being relied upon to have all the answers, yet, he does.
  • Going into tonight’s game, the Blues have given up more goals to centers (8) than any other position. Left-wingers come in a close second with (7). Might it be another big night for Pettersson and Miller? Micheal Ferland could use some love, he’s due.
  • St. Louis has also given up nine multi-point games: one three-pointer and eight two-point outings. The Eastern Conference has done well against the Blues so now it’s time for the West to get in on the fun.
  • The Canucks haven’t played the most games yet but they have allowed the fourth-fewest goals (11) to start the season. It would take a windfall of goals-against to get even remotely close to the the top-10 allowed (22).
  • Bo Horvat has one assist through five games. This is not a statistic we’re used to. This needs to change.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

Start paying attention to this name:

As everyone knows, the Canucks usually only have one of three things going for them ever: Scoring, defense, goaltending. This makes me think:

MY 94 CENTS

It’s an early start so I’m not sure how the Canucks will adjust but they’ve been playing solid team-first hockey in their three victories. The defense is taking care of business and Thatcher Demko was chomping at the bit to prove his worth as a number one. The Canucks tend to play up to their competition so tonight should be a fun one.

A Boeser goal would be nice. A noticeable Ferland shift would be too!

AND ANOTHER THING…

NHL forward does well in AHL