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Canucks Army THE GAME DAY – Canucks @ Stars

THE INTRO

It’s Benn Bowl II. Jordie Benn travels back to Dallas to take on his brother Jamie. They were once teammates but tonight that doesn’t matter. The Canucks have found a way to gut out extra points and players like Adam Gaudette are making it possible. The goaltending will need to be better tonight and the Stars aren’t going to be pushovers. Dallas is 8-1-1 in their last 10 and have won three straight. No biggy!

Dallas doesn’t have Tim Schaller, though and they definitely don’t have Quinn Hughes. But they’re 8-1-1 so it probably isn’t a big deal for them.

No Schaller, though.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN +125/ DAL -145) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 5:30 PM

LINEUPS

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Antoine Roussel is cleared for contact and could be back in the lineup sooner than later. Jay Beagle will be back in the lineup so Bo Horvat won’t have to play every second shift, thanks, Jay! Brandon Sutter could start practicing on the road trip and even Micheal Ferland is skating. A completely healthy Canucks squad? Amazing!

Jacob Markstrom should be the starter tonight. He got the night off on Saturday so he should be amped for the start.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 73.1#67 LW

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Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 75.4#37 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.0#75 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.48#27 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 75.1#33 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 78.7#13 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 76.4#12 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.73#4 FL2
Sven Baertschi
SVEN BAERTSCHI

Rating: 72.7#72 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 70.8#144 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 71.6#100 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.72#20 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.9#135 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 68.8#177 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 70.0#109 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.59#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 76.8#6 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.2#52 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.00#16 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 74.5#31 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 72.4#67 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.48#19 DL2
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 73.0#67 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 74.0#31 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.49#4 DL3

 

Dallas is still nursing a lot of injuries so they’ll be icing essentially the same lineup from a week ago.

Ben Bishop will start tonight. He’s fresh and hasn’t faced the Canucks this season.

Stars lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Alexander Radulov
ALEXANDER RADULOV

Rating: 76.8#21 LW

Justin Dowling
JUSTIN DOWLING

Rating: 72.0#105 C

Corey Perry
COREY PERRY

Rating: 71.3#89 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.35#28 FL1
Jamie Benn
JAMIE BENN

Rating: 74.2#40 LW

Jason Dickinson
JASON DICKINSON

Rating: 71.0#135 C

Tyler Seguin
TYLER SEGUIN

Rating: 78.9#5 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.71#11 FL2
Andrew Cogliano
ANDREW COGLIANO

Rating: 69.8#162 LW

Radek Faksa
RADEK FAKSA

Rating: 72.6#92 C

Blake Comeau
BLAKE COMEAU

Rating: 70.0#110 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.82#28 FL3
Denis Gurianov
DENIS GURIANOV

Rating: 74.3#39 LW

Joe Pavelski
JOE PAVELSKI

Rating: 77.8#22 C

Nicholas Caamano
NICHOLAS CAAMANO
FL4 Rating
Rating: 76.04#1 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Jamie Oleksiak
JAMIE OLEKSIAK

Rating: 72.4#83 LD

Miro Heiskanen
MIRO HEISKANEN

Rating: 78.0#1 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.23#14 DL1
Esa Lindell
ESA LINDELL

Rating: 75.6#16 LD

Andrej Sekera
ANDREJ SEKERA

Rating: 71.6#101 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.61#18 DL2
Joel Hanley
JOEL HANLEY

Rating: 72.6#75 LD

Taylor Fedun
TAYLOR FEDUN

Rating: 73.3#48 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.92#11 DL3

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • Jordie Benn had an assist against the Stars last week in Vancouver but scoring a goal against his former team would be much sweeter. His brother Jamie would be excited to score a goal as well. Jamie just scored his first goal in 16 games. The guy won the Art Ross and he’s scoring at the same clip as Loui Eriksson. There’s a joke there somewhere.
  • Both teams are vying for a playoff spot early on and a win would put the victorious club three points back of first in the West. All the points matter and for the Canucks, some of the hardest ones will be earned this month.
  • Brock Boeser has seen some increased ice time lately and he’s been somewhat quiet on the score sheet but two goals and two assists aren’t exactly terrible numbers. Five of Boeser’s last 10 games have had him over 20 minutes in ice time. It’s a trend on the Canucks right now and it’s going to bite one of their stars hard if they push them too far.
  • Adam Gaudette hasn’t just earned an NHL roster spot, he’s one of the top performers in November. Gaudette’s three power-play goals are just behind Connor McDavid for the NHL lead with five. If Travis Green subscribes to the French Press setup, he might get a few more.
  • Loui Eriksson hasn’t registered 10 shots total this season. Total. I had a soft spot for him but that’s a roster spot. Time’s up Loui!

#CANUCKSTWITTER

MY 94 CENTS

The Canucks are right in the thick of things and they’re about to take another step. Getting Jay Beagle back is bigger than just the penalty kill. It’s less ice time for Horvat and Pettersson and Gaudette. It means there is another defensive forward in the lineup that can do a lot of the things Alex Edler can do.

Canucks win this one and it might even be messy.

AND ANOTHER THING…

It’s impressive but I always wonder “Maybe the goalie just sucks?”