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Photo Credit: © Winslow Townson | 2016

Canucks Army THE GAME DAY – Canucks Vs. Senators

THE INTRO

The Canucks have had their fair share of emotional moments, many at GM Place/Rogers Arena. Tonight, they honour and enshrine Alex Burrows as one of the greatest Canucks of all-time. Before the first face-off, we’ll all reminisce the slaying of the dragon, the arrow, breaking the streak, and an OT goal you won’t miss twice (because many of us did the first time).

Alexandre Burrows is beyond deserving of the Ring of Honour designation for everything he did on the ice and just as much off of it. He fought tooth and nail to get out of the ECHL, found his way to the Manitoba Moose and eventually got a shot with the Vancouver Canucks and as you know, the rest is history.

Tonight is one of those nights where the game itself plays second fiddle. Set your PVR’s and VCR’s, it’s going to be great.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN -170/ OTT +150) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 7:00 PM

LINEUPS

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Micheal Ferland is still on IR, Jalen Chatfield has been recalled, and Antoine Roussel should start after also being recalled. There will be some game-time decisions for press box selections.

With the news of Jacob Markstrom going home for his father’s funeral, Thatcher Demko will have the net tonight. Mikey DiPietro will back him up after getting recalled yesterday.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

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

Rating: 74.9#29 LW

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Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 78.6#15 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 75.9#15 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.47#13 FL1
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 74.3#41 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 75.7#34 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 70.5#105 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.49#22 FL2
Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 72.1#82 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 70.5#163 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.7#82 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.44#24 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 68.9#137 LW

Tyler Graovac
TYLER GRAOVAC

Rating: 73.0#91 C

Zack MacEwen
ZACK MACEWEN
FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.92#22 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 75.6#17 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 72.6#56 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.14#20 DL1
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 71.5#102 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.7#86 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.57#29 DL2
Oscar Fantenberg
OSCAR FANTENBERG

Rating: 71.9#86 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 72.1#76 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.00#20 D

 

There are no pressing issues for the Senators, as far as lineups go, so expect to see the lineup below. That being said, the Senators have the second-longest current losing streak in the league at four games (Detroit is currently at eight, yikers!)

The former Canuck Anders Nilsson may get the nod which would be cool and also fitting because former players seem to do well in Vancouver.

Senators lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Nick Paul
NICK PAUL

Rating: 71.3#97 LW

Jean-Gabriel Pageau
JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU

Rating: 74.4#54 C

Colin White
COLIN WHITE

Rating: 70.8#158 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 72.18#31 FL1
Brady Tkachuk
BRADY TKACHUK

Rating: 75.7#23 LW

Chris Tierney
CHRIS TIERNEY

Rating: 71.3#142 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 70.4#109 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.46#29 FL2
Vladislav Namestnikov
VLADISLAV NAMESTNIKOV

Rating: 72.3#109 LW

Artem Anisimov
ARTEM ANISIMOV

Rating: 71.3#141 C

Anthony Duclair
ANTHONY DUCLAIR

Rating: 73.7#51 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.43#10 FL3
Filip Chlapik
FILIP CHLAPIK

Rating: 71.3#99 LW

J.C. Beaudin
J.C. BEAUDIN
Tyler Ennis
TYLER ENNIS

Rating: 72.1#76 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.70#14 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Thomas Chabot
THOMAS CHABOT

Rating: 74.9#27 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 72.3#66 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.59#25 DL1
Mark Borowiecki
MARK BOROWIECKI

Rating: 70.7#114 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 71.5#89 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.08#31 DL2
Erik Brannstrom
ERIK BRANNSTROM

Rating: 72.8#68 LD

Dylan DeMelo
DYLAN DEMELO

Rating: 71.4#90 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.07#18 DL3

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • A tale of two seasons: the Senators have the fourth-fewest goals scored with 69, while the Canucks have 89 goals (20 more than Ottawa) and they are eighth in goals-for. Nice. Both teams have allowed 83 goals which aren’t as nice but that isn’t what sells tickets.
  • Alex Burrows only played two games against the Canucks after being traded to Ottawa but when he was a Canuck he had 5G / 3A in 16 career GP and had one SHG which was a beauty.
  • Time for another episode of “Quinn Hughes is a BEAST!” He just recorded another assist last game and now has 23 points. He’s one point back of Bo Horvat, two back of Brock Boeser and just eight back of 10th overall… ALL PLAYERS… in the league. Cale Makar is great, sure, but he doesn’t play for the Canucks so we don’t care. It’s possible we didn’t hype Pettersson this much. OK, we did. Quick note: Pettersson had 32 points at this point last season. Maybe Quinn Hughes isn’t that good. The verdict is out still.
  • Thatcher Demko currently has a 1.000 SV% a 0.00 GAA against the Senators, truly remarkable. He has also never played the Ottawa Senators. Expect those statistics to be altered by the end of the game, hopefully not too much, though.
  • Tim Schaller is going to score tonight.

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No, YOU’RE crying!

MY 94 CENTS

Let’s try this again: tonight is Alex Burrows ROH night and there is NO WAY, absolutely NO WAY the Canucks lose this one. The Canucks lost a tight one against the Oilers on Sunday and almost made it a game at the end. Vancouver is going to be fully charged after the pre-game ceremony and if we see Roussel which it looks like is possible, expect him to factor in on at least one goal.

Many will remember the Heritage Classic in 2013 between the storied rivals and Vancouver will try to put that game behind them with a win tonight. Hopefully, this game doesn’t suck as much as that one did.

AND ANOTHER THING…