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Canucks Army THE GAME DAY – Canucks Vs. Sabres

THE INTRO

It’s 80’s night (day) at Rogers Arena and the Canucks will rock the Flying-V in warmups and then the black skate AGAIN! Christmas came early. The Canucks are healthy as a horse going into the game today with Micheal Ferland, Jay Beagle, and Brandon Sutter all likely to return. If the Sabres wore their 50th-anniversary jerseys with the gold logo it would be the ultimate threads matchup.

Will the Canucks lay down the hammer again today and put up a six-spot?

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for today’s game are: (VAN -150/ BUF +130) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 1:00 PM

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If you’re an injured Canuck, the odds are pretty, darn good you play… unless you’re Alex Edler. Word on the street is Micheal Ferland, Jay Beagle, AND Brandon Sutter are back for the Canucks. That makes things interesting for scratches. Nikolay Goldobin was sent down in response to the wave of healthiness returning.

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With that much talent coming back, Loui Eriksson, Zack MacEwen and possibly Tim Schaller could be out.

No word on Jacob Markstrom so it should be Thatcher Demko and Michael DiPietro.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 74.0#40 LW

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Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 75.5#34 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 72.3#72 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.93#25 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 74.9#29 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 78.1#16 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 75.9#14 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.29#6 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 71.2#98 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 70.6#156 C

Nikolay Goldobin
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 70.7#102 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.82#28 FL3
Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 70.3#119 LW

Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.3#132 C

Zack MacEwen
ZACK MACEWEN
FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.79#29 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 72.1#81 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.6#88 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 71.85#30 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 75.3#21 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.0#52 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.14#13 DL2
Oscar Fantenberg
OSCAR FANTENBERG

Rating: 71.8#88 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 72.2#69 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.02#17 DL3

 

Kyle Okposo is still out with a concussion, Vladimir Sobotka had knee surgery and also won’t be in the lineup for the foreseeable future. Former first-overall pick Rasmus Dahlin is also out with a conussion. He didn’t play in Calgary either so Canucks fans won’t get to see the Swedish defenseman live.

Tage Thompson is still out with a UBI.

Tough to say who backstops the Sabres today, but my guess is Linus Ullmark.

Sabres lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Victor Olofsson
VICTOR OLOFSSON

Rating: 74.5#34 LW

Jack Eichel
JACK EICHEL

Rating: 81.9#4 C

Sam Reinhart
SAM REINHART

Rating: 74.8#45 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.03#7 FL1
Jeff Skinner
JEFF SKINNER

Rating: 75.7#23 LW

Johan Larsson
JOHAN LARSSON

Rating: 69.6#175 C

Conor Sheary
CONOR SHEARY

Rating: 71.5#93 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.24#28 FL2
Casey Mittelstadt
CASEY MITTELSTADT

Rating: 70.6#111 LW

Marcus Johansson
MARCUS JOHANSSON

Rating: 72.0#109 C

Jimmy Vesey
JIMMY VESEY

Rating: 72.7#69 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.76#19 FL3
Zemgus Girgensons
ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS

Rating: 70.8#147 LW

Rasmus Asplund
RASMUS ASPLUND

Rating: 73.4#68 C

Evan Rodrigues
EVAN RODRIGUES

Rating: 71.8#87 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.01#7 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Brandon Montour
BRANDON MONTOUR

Rating: 74.2#38 LD

Rasmus Ristolainen
RASMUS RISTOLAINEN

Rating: 73.4#40 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.76#20 DL1
Marco Scandella
MARCO SCANDELLA

Rating: 72.6#70 LD

Henri Jokiharju
HENRI JOKIHARJU

Rating: 72.2#15 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.43#28 DL2
Colin Miller
COLIN MILLER

Rating: 73.1#45 LD

Zach Bogosian
ZACH BOGOSIAN

Rating: 72.0#80 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.54#13 DL3

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • Vancouver is 2-3 in their last five games with 19 GF and 17 against. They play high-event, high scoring hockey. In that same timespan, the Sabres have played seven games and put up a 3-2-0-2 record with a 26/21 GF/GA output. This could be VANCOUVER/PITTSBURGH: THE SEQUEL. Yikes!
  • Jack Eichel is on an 11-game point streak. He’s crushed home 10 goals and 10 assists in that time. The Canucks have been known to be slump busters in many ways, could they end Eichel’s ridiculous streak?
  • Micheal Ferland is back and you most likely forgot he did more than you remember. Ferland had five points in his first 12 games with Vancouver and three assists in his last three games prior to the concussion. Ferland hasn’t been healthy long enough to form a good take on his play so he does have the opportunity to make a difference on this team.
  • Are the Canucks clowning with us or could they actually end up being one of the top-scoring teams in the West this season? A recent article has the Canucks outscoring seven of the eight teams predicted to make the playoffs based on their current pace, yet Vancouver will just miss out by two points. They’ll have to be more than mediocre as the calendar turns to 2020 if they want to steal a spot in the playoffs come April.
  • The Skate jersey makes a surprising appearance today against the Sabres after a lot of “positive” feedback. There is a better than good chance the Canucks are heavily trolling Canucks Nation and had this planned all along and essentially used every home game after the first one they wore the Skate as a “flex-game”. The positive feedback is a BS comment as the Skate has been one of the top-selling apparel lines for many years (coming from a guy that could never keep it in stock at his sports shop). There was a time where the Canucks merchandise was the hottest thing going and they essentially printed money with their one-off hats and tees and any time the Skate logo made an appearance, it didn’t last long.
  • It would surprise no one if the Canucks optioned the Skate as a second alternate at home starting next season for a handful of games each year. It won’t become their full-time logo with the Orca being the longest-running primary logo in Canucks history but the writing is officially on the wall. Nostalgia has returned in numerous NHL markets and the Canucks would be wise to embrace the one thing they did amazingly well. #EmbraceTheSkate

#CANUCKSTWITTER

When you take every single face-off, you learn a thing or two:

Just like Canucks Army, Bobby Lu is a clown too!

MY 94 CENTS

Quinn Hughes goes H.A.M today.

 

That’s it.

AND ANOTHER THING…

I wonder if he ever would have beat Pat Lafontaine’s records?