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Photo Credit: © Anne-Marie Sorvin | 2019

Botchford’s Army THE GAME DAY – Canucks @ Red Wings

THE INTRO

The Canucks will look to close out their road trip on a high note. Vancouver takes on the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit and can finish their trip taking six of eight possible points. They haven’t hit the 10-game mark but they’re getting results that haven’t been seen in Vancouver in many years.

Transitioning to a winning culture seems odd, considering winning has been the last thing anyone has cheered for in the last few seasons. The Red Wings will be sour after getting worked over in Vancouver a week ago. Elias Pettersson still hasn’t taken over yet and he’s playing at a point-per-game pace. Just imagine the possibilities.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN -120 / DET +100) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SN360 / SN650 / 5:30 PM

LINEUPS

Adam Gaudette isn’t getting back in the lineup, there just isn’t room. Brandon Sutter has played surprisingly well as has Jay Beagle, so what does Travis Green do? Play the winning hand, I guess?

The Bo Horvat line has Jake Virtanen as a winger for now and Jake needs to embrace that ten-fold. Micheal Ferland could easily strike the iron hot and take the spot. It’s a new world.

Jacob Markstrom is coming off a massive 3-2 win in New York and it’s unlikely he sits tonight. The guy is a beast!

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

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

Rating: 75.8#25 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 77.8#19 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 76.4#17 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.66#13 FL1
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 72.6#67 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 75.0#42 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 70.9#87 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.84#23 FL2
Micheal Ferland
MICHEAL FERLAND

Rating: 71.9#77 LW

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 72.5#92 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 71.6#72 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.99#18 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.6#127 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 68.6#182 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 70.0#159 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.38#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 76.8#9 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.6#41 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.19#13 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 74.3#35 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 72.9#54 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.59#18 DL2
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 72.6#80 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 73.1#48 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.89#14 DL3

 

Jonathan Ericsson is day-to-day and might even play tonight. Ericsson hasn’t played yet this season but it sounds like he’s close. Adam Erne is also day-to-day (UBI) but could also be available to play tonight. Dennis Cholowski didn’t practice Monday but again… he… might… play.

Jonathan Bernier will be the likely starter for Detroit.

Red Wings lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tyler Bertuzzi
TYLER BERTUZZI

Rating: 75.6#26 LW

Dylan Larkin
DYLAN LARKIN

Rating: 78.4#16 C

Anthony Mantha
ANTHONY MANTHA

Rating: 78.0#7 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.32#8 FL1
Luke Glendening
LUKE GLENDENING

Rating: 69.7#126 LW

Valtteri Filppula
VALTTERI FILPPULA

Rating: 71.1#135 C

Andreas Athanasiou
ANDREAS ATHANASIOU

Rating: 74.1#55 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 71.62#31 FL2
Taro Hirose
TARO HIROSE

Rating: 72.4#70 LW

Frans Nielsen
FRANS NIELSEN

Rating: 70.2#157 C

Adam Erne
ADAM ERNE

Rating: 70.1#121 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.87#28 FL3
Darren Helm
DARREN HELM

Rating: 71.7#116 LW

Jacob De La Rose
JACOB DE LA ROSE

Rating: 69.8#164 C

Justin Abdelkader
JUSTIN ABDELKADER

Rating: 70.0#122 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.49#25 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Dan DeKeyser
DAN DEKEYSER

Rating: 73.1#63 LD

Filip Hronek
FILIP HRONEK

Rating: 72.5#59 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.82#27 DL1
Patrik Nemeth
PATRIK NEMETH

Rating: 71.1#105 LD

Mike Green
MIKE GREEN

Rating: 72.4#62 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.78#29 DL2
Madison Bowey
MADISON BOWEY

Rating: 69.0#124 LD

Trevor Daley
TREVOR DALEY

Rating: 69.6#121 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 69.29#31 DL3

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • This has been a great start to the Canucks season and it feels like just one season ago they started their campaign 5-3. They did. It didn’t go as planned as the season carried through. What has been dramatically different this season is the emergence of a well-rounded defense and goaltending that looks like it’s in mid-season form. Road wins are going to be very important this season and tonight is a chance to jump on a team that hasn’t won in four-straight games.
  • As much as the Canucks have been scoring on their opponents this season, they haven’t been allowing that many goals. Vancouver is tied with the Bruins for third in the league with 2.13 GA/GP. The Canucks aren’t even in the top-10 for shots-against. The Rangers game would seem contrary to these stats but this team is slowly outshooting its problems.
  • Further to this, the Canucks are just outside spitting distance of the league-leaders in CF%. Vancouver’s 51.08 rating is 0.87 away from 10th overall. There are a handful of unlikely surprises on this Canucks squad but it does stem back to a defense that has kept the puck away from the defensive zone.
  • After a 5-1 drubbing by Vancouver in the two team’s last meeting, Detroit will have to have an answer for the Canucks. That being said, the Canucks are playing with a ton of confidence right now and they may not know they shouldn’t be as good as they are. Remember, Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser have yet to hit their “stride” yet. The Canucks are actually going to be better than they’ve played and that has to get fans excited. Heck, I’m excited just typing this.
  • Thatcher Demko and Jacob Markstrom are making the Canucks a legitimate challenger this season. Their SV% are both in the top half of the league as are their GAA. What is a nice change is that they haven’t faced the most shots in the NHL nor do they have the most saves. There are so many little things that make up a successful team and with the depth the Canucks currently have, injuries may steer clear this season. That’s yet to be determined but “everything in moderation” should be the new slogan for the Canucks. Well, except for winning.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

This is good right?

MY 94 CENTS

Unfortunately, I have bought into the Canucks dynamic start! That means I believe they will win tonight but I also believe it won’t be easy. The Canucks stormed out to a commanding 3-0 lead last game but they also proved that they need to press for an entire game, not just 20 minutes.

I’m still waiting for a Quinn Hughes five-point game and I believe he’s close. Micheal Ferland is due for a big game too! This is my prediction.

AND ONE MORE THING…