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Canucks Army THE GAME DAY – Canucks Vs. Oilers

THE INTRO

The Vancouver Canucks are back from a road trip they’d prefer to not have to deal with again and they take on a familiar team, the Edmonton Oilers, for the second-straight night. Travis Green’s club took the Oilers to the woodshed last night in a surprising 5-2 victory thanks to Tanner Pearson, Loui Eriksson, and Jacob Markstrom.

Tonight, he’ll need just as good of an effort if not better if the Canucks are going to steal away two valuable points in the standings. The Oilers will be cranky after allowing Vancouver’s forgotten ones to own them. Don’t expect a cakewalk for the Canucks. It’s possible Antoine Roussel makes his anticipated debut as well. (He will not play tonight)

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN -125/ EDM +105) courtesy of OddsShark.com.

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 7:00 PM

LINEUPS

As mentioned above, Antoine Roussel has been called up and could make his season debut tonight (nope). That, in turn, means a bump to the press box for one of Loui Eriksson or Nikolay Goldobin or possibly Tyler Graovac. What a world we live in where you have to decide who is more valuable?

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Alex Edler left last night’s game with a back injury and may not play tonight. Could that mean Oscar Fantenberg draws in?

Thatcher Demko is the likely starter after Jacob Markstrom went the distance last night. UPDATED: Is Demko injured? Jacob Markstrom gets the whole weekend to himself and will start in consecutive games.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

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

Rating: 74.7#38 LW

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Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 74.8#47 C

Nikolay Goldobin
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 70.7#95 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.40#28 FL1
Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.4#102 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 78.6#15 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 76.0#14 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.34#11 FL2
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 72.3#80 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 70.6#160 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 72.0#89 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.65#23 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 68.9#147 LW

Tyler Graovac
TYLER GRAOVAC

Rating: 72.9#91 C

Zack MacEwen
ZACK MACEWEN
FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.88#23 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 75.5#19 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.8#83 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.63#23 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 75.4#22 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 72.1#72 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.73#14 DL2
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 71.5#102 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 72.0#76 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.74#22 DL3

 

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will not play tonight as mentioned in yesterday’s THE GAME DAY. Everyone else is accounted for in Edmonton.

Mikko Koskinen should start after Mike Smith played last night.

Oilers lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Leon Draisaitl
LEON DRAISAITL

Rating: 83.7#3 LW

Connor McDavid
CONNOR MCDAVID

Rating: 85.6#1 C

Zack Kassian
ZACK KASSIAN

Rating: 71.7#80 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 80.32#2 FL1
James Neal
JAMES NEAL

Rating: 72.6#71 LW

Sam Gagner
SAM GAGNER

Rating: 71.9#121 C

Alex Chiasson
ALEX CHIASSON

Rating: 71.6#81 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.05#29 FL2
Jujhar Khaira
JUJHAR KHAIRA

Rating: 70.5#129 LW

Riley Sheahan
RILEY SHEAHAN

Rating: 69.0#186 C

Josh Archibald
JOSH ARCHIBALD

Rating: 69.6#113 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 69.71#31 FL3
Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 70.9#120 LW

Gaetan Haas
GAETAN HAAS

Rating: 72.9#93 C

Patrick Russell
PATRICK RUSSELL

Rating: 71.9#76 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.87#8 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Darnell Nurse
DARNELL NURSE

Rating: 74.4#34 LD

Ethan Bear
ETHAN BEAR

Rating: 72.9#51 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.67#22 DL1
Oscar Klefbom
OSCAR KLEFBOM

Rating: 74.7#30 LD

Caleb Jones
CALEB JONES

Rating: 72.3#65 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.50#18 DL2
Kris Russell
KRIS RUSSELL

Rating: 71.6#97 LD

Adam Larsson
ADAM LARSSON

Rating: 70.9#92 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.22#27 DL3

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • It’s believed Antoine Roussel will start tonight which is super fitting as he looked up to Alex Burrows as a shift-disturber. There will be a lot of emotion in this game tonight and the Rooster might rest a few points on the board, or hey, the GWG. UPDATED: No Roussel until possibly Tuesday. Regardless, Edmonton won’t forget how they got worked one night ago.
  • People have been dumping on Bo Horvat to be more. They’ve always done this. Get faster, score more goals, why aren’t you the captain yet? Stuff like that. Bo has faced a ton of criticism which isn’t really even warranted but he’s shutting up the haters. In his last five games, Bo has 1G / 6A which basically means he IS driving play, he’s Captaining like a boss and he’s helping his teammates produce. Good on you, Bo!
  • Not talking about how great Quinn Hughes is is tough. So you won’t find that void here. He’s not going to catch John Carlson of the Capitals as the top defender but he’s on a run right now. Hughes is six points back of Dougie Hamilton for second-most points by a defenseman. His 20 assists are tied with Elias Pettersson on the Canucks. Do you know who else has 20 assists or more on the Canucks? NOBODY! J.T. Miller is the next closest with 15. Quinn Hughes is a special, special talent and he isn’t being hyped enough. That’s about to change.
  • Will this be the year Jake Virtanen notches 20 goals? He’s currently on pace for 21. He sits at seven goals as of today and wouldn’t he be a fitting player to honour Burrows? A Jake Virtanen hat-trick you say? Preposterous!
  • Tim Schaller hasn’t put up a point in over a month. If Tanner Pearson and Josh Leivo can do it, so can he. BOOK IT! Tim Schaller point night.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

A breakdown no one wanted to admit:

This stat could be a little skewed but I’ll run with it:

MY 94 CENTS

I had to miss last night’s game due to a work Christmas party so seeing that the Oilers were thumped by the Canucks lessers was quite a surprise. What also surprised me was that none of the Canucks big guns really factored on the score sheet. Bo Horvat had three helpers and Quinn Hughes had one as well.

AND ANOTHER THING…