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Photo Credit: © Ed Mulholland | 2019

Canucks Army THE GAME DAY – Canucks @ Devils

THE INTRO

Losing isn’t fun but if you’ve watched the Canucks since forever, you’re well aware of this already. Today, the Canucks will take on the New Jersey Devils in yet another matinee game against the team that beat them one month ago. It’s the second-ever meeting between brothers Jack and Quinn Hughes in the NHL so Canucks fans will be looking for Quinn to be the one that gets the goal that matters today.

Vancouver has lost three-straight ice hockey games which feels ultra weird after the run they went on. If we look back to previous seasons, this is just how the season goes for the boys in blue and green… and white.

It’s also Hockey Fights Cancer day for the Canucks so Vancouver will don their purple-themed warm-up jerseys prior to puck drop.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odd’s for today’s game are: (VAN -170/ NJD +150) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 1:00 PM

LINEUPS

Adam Gaudette was the odd man out (bad move) instead of Loui Eriksson but that could change today. Expect to see Travis Green keep Sven Baertschi with Bo Horvat and Jake Virtanen for at least another game or so. The Lotto Line will need another spark and if they can score even one goal they’ll eclipse their last meeting against New Jersey.

Quinn Hughes will face his younger brother Jack at the Rog so maybe the turn tables on this one?

Jacob Markstrom will look to avenge his loss against the Blackhawks when he starts today.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Sven Baertschi
SVEN BAERTSCHI
Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 77.1#23 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.8#77 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.28#28 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 76.3#16 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 79.1#10 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 76.4#13 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.27#3 FL2
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 72.4#70 LW

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 71.7#116 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 72.3#64 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.15#10 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 71.7#83 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 69.8#169 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 70.8#93 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.77#23 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 77.6#5 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.9#33 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.75#8 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 74.3#29 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 72.1#69 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.20#19 DL2
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 73.1#56 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 73.3#44 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.24#11 DL3

 

Connor Carrick broke his pinky and he’ll be out until December. The Devils were shutout against Edmonton a few nights ago despite having “good players” to win the hockey games. Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier, Jack Hughes, and P.K. Subban couldn’t beat the Oilers. Maybe there’s hope for the Canucks boys?

Mackenzie Blackwood should be the starter today.

Devils lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Taylor Hall
TAYLOR HALL

Rating: 79.9#4 LW

Nico Hischier
NICO HISCHIER

Rating: 73.1#78 C

Kyle Palmieri
KYLE PALMIERI

Rating: 73.7#41 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.54#16 FL1
Jesper Boqvist
JESPER BOQVIST

Rating: 73.4#66 LW

Jack Hughes
JACK HUGHES

Rating: 74.5#50 C

Jesper Bratt
JESPER BRATT

Rating: 71.1#107 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.01#24 FL2
Blake Coleman
BLAKE COLEMAN

Rating: 72.9#84 LW

Pavel Zacha
PAVEL ZACHA

Rating: 72.6#95 C

Nikita Gusev
NIKITA GUSEV

Rating: 73.6#49 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.03#6 FL3
Miles Wood
MILES WOOD

Rating: 71.9#80 LW

Travis Zajac
TRAVIS ZAJAC

Rating: 72.2#108 C

Wayne Simmonds
WAYNE SIMMONDS

Rating: 70.4#102 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.46#15 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Damon Severson
DAMON SEVERSON

Rating: 71.8#81 LD

P.K. Subban
P.K. SUBBAN

Rating: 76.5#13 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.15#19 DL1
Andy Greene
ANDY GREENE

Rating: 71.5#93 LD

Sami Vatanen
SAMI VATANEN

Rating: 72.9#61 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.19#27 DL2
Mirco Mueller
MIRCO MUELLER

Rating: 70.4#113 LD

Will Butcher
WILL BUTCHER

Rating: 71.5#94 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.97#26 DL3

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • One season ago on this day, the Canucks lost their first of eight, count ’em EIGHT straight games which also was their first losing streak of longer than two games. Vancouver is currently in the midst of their first three-game losing streak of the season so hopefully, they don’t match that dreadful run of a season ago.
  • Vancouver is not on the good side of the ledger against a number of NHL teams during their (r)ebuilding years. The Canucks currently have a 10-game losing streak against the Devils dating back to 2015. Yet another reason the Canucks need to get this thing turned around sooner than later. You still on #TeamPlayoffs ?
  • Elias Pettersson is slightly ahead of his pace from a season ago. Last year, Elias had 10 goals and 7 assists going into Nov 10; he’s at 6 goals and 15 assists currently. He also had only played 12 games at that point due to the injury he sustained against Florida. Safe to say Elias Pettersson will not slump this season.
  • New Jersey doesn’t have a single forward in the top-50 in scoring while the Canucks boast three players in the top-20 and four in the top-50. With all of the Devils’ moves, it’s hard to believe they haven’t made a splash. Jake Virtanen would be fourth in team scoring if he played for NJD. It makes you think.
  • Jacob Markstrom has managed to keep rebounds to a minimum this season. He has a 4.33% rebounds per save rating, which is 21st in the league for goalies playing five games minimum. Thatcher Demko is one position ahead of Markstrom at 4.18%. Mackenzie Blackwood is second in the NHL with 1.52%. Vancouver will have to make their shots count today because there won’t be much reflecting off of Blackwood’s pads.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

This was a few days ago but man, this speaks volumes about Tanev

MY 94 CENTS

I just can’t see the Canucks losing four-straight games. They’ve shown they are resilient and have played a few stinkers. The schedule never works in Vancouver’s favour but it’s a home game so they should be able to draw off the crowd. A #TeamLikeThat has more to show than they have the last couple of games and a convincing win today will restore the faith in the bandwagoners. As for the hardcore fans, just show that the last week was a blip on the radar.

AND ANOTHER THING…

College is working out well for the Canucks