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Photo Credit: © Darren Yamashita | 2019

Canucks Army THE GAME DAY – Canucks @ Sharks

THE INTRO

Tonight, the Canucks head to San Jose to take on the Sharks in one of the worst-lit buildings in the NHL, the SAP dome. Jacob Markstrom shutout the competition one game ago and might be asked to do it again against a Sharks team that plays the Canucks well.

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN +100/ SJS -120) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

CBC / SN 650 / 7:00 PM

LINEUPS

Still no Brandon Sutter and of course this would be the day he comes back. What do I know? Thatcher Demko has a concussion because of Loui Eriksson’s “little things” he did in practice. Tyler Motte is still out, Alex Edler is too, as is Tyler Graovac. Julien Brisebois has been called up and wouldn’t that be something if he got in and made some noise?

Jacob Markstrom is coming off a stellar shutout. He’ll start tonight and if he’s not busy, might even get the go tomorrow as well. Mike DiPietro in Vegas would be cool, that’s a Christmas gift he wouldn’t forget.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

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LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 74.6#33 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 75.5#34 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

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Rating: 73.1#58 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.41#20 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 75.4#23 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 78.0#17 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 76.2#15 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.53#6 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 73.1#62 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 70.8#152 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.3#69 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.03#14 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.0#131 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.9#194 C

Zack MacEwen
ZACK MACEWEN
FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.48#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.2#47 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.9#78 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.58#29 DL1
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 72.1#87 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 72.4#64 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.25#25 DL2
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 75.4#16 LD

Jalen Chatfield
JALEN CHATFIELD
DL3 Rating
Rating: 75.42#1 DL3

Radim Simek had surgery on his meniscus, his Christmas holidays have officially started. Tim Heed has drawn in via etch-a-sketch. Dalton Prout is out as well. Those UBI’s are contagious this season. Antti Suomela has also been moved to IR with a UBI. Lean Bergmann was heavily called up in response to the roster move.

Is there a world where Aaron Dell doesn’t start against the Canucks because I haven’t seen it. Martin Jones might be the guy tonight but we’re all cheering for the Fjord himself to start.

Sharks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Evander Kane
EVANDER KANE

Rating: 75.4#24 LW

Logan Couture
LOGAN COUTURE

Rating: 78.4#16 C

Timo Meier
TIMO MEIER

Rating: 76.8#9 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.86#10 FL1
Tomas Hertl
TOMAS HERTL

Rating: 79.4#13 LW

Joe Thornton
JOE THORNTON

Rating: 70.8#150 C

Kevin Labanc
KEVIN LABANC

Rating: 72.9#55 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.39#12 FL2
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 71.2#93 LW

Barclay Goodrow
BARCLAY GOODROW

Rating: 71.6#83 C

Joachim Blichfeld
JOACHIM BLICHFELD
FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.39#24 FL3
Marcus Sorensen
MARCUS SORENSEN

Rating: 70.5#113 LW

Dylan Gambrell
DYLAN GAMBRELL

Rating: 70.7#154 C

Melker Karlsson
MELKER KARLSSON

Rating: 69.8#117 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.34#24 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Brenden Dillon
BRENDEN DILLON

Rating: 70.6#115 LD

Brent Burns
BRENT BURNS

Rating: 75.8#14 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.20#25 DL1
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC

Rating: 73.7#48 LD

Erik Karlsson
ERIK KARLSSON

Rating: 77.7#7 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 75.70#2 DL2
Mario Ferraro
MARIO FERRARO

Rating: 71.4#99 LD

Tim Heed
TIM HEED

Rating: 72.1#68 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.72#23 DL3

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • With Thatcher Demko in concussion protocol, Michael DiPietro has been called up and will back-up Markstrom. He might even play this weekend.
  • Elias Pettersson scored his 100th career point in OT against the Hurricanes but needs four points tonight to get back to a point-per-game player for his career. It’s possible, he is otherworldly.
  • Vancouver currently has a two-game win streak against the Sharks including a 5-2 drubbing of San Jose at the beginning of November which had Brandon Sutter score, Pettersson played some baseball and had a pair and Jake Virtanen even got in on the action. If Sutter does play, he scores again.
  • The Canucks have not employed my French Press PP setup and it bugs me. Even though they sit 4th in the league on the PP, I can’t help but think this setup would work. It still is incredibly predictable and that should drive the coaches mad. Not scoring for an entire game will also do that.
  • Of all the players in the league playing more than 100 minutes 5v5, Brent Burns leads all players in GA with 41. Spots 11-14 are also occupied by the Sharks. Not a good stat. They did change coaches for “hockey reasons only” so maybe this will change.
  • Tim Schaller is going to score.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

Utica doin some stuff:

Not only does Batch get the line orders wrong, he saw Home Alone in the wrong order too!

MY 94 CENTS

I’m optimistic the Canucks might win tonight. Signs are starting to point they have that skill but then again, it took them almost 65 minutes to score on Thursday. Thankfully, the Sharks are more exciting to watch than the Hurricanes so this game at the very least will have a minor bump in entertainment.

Brock Boeser is waiting for another chance to go snipe-city on a goalie after all his foiled breakaways. They can only hold him off for so long.

AND ANOTHER THING…

Been told this is good. May have to validate: