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Photo Credit: © Charles LeClaire | 2019

Canucks Army THE GAME DAY – Canucks Vs. Penguins

THE INTRO

Knocking off the Vegas Golden Knights was one thing but could the Vancouver Canucks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the same week, too? We’ll find out when these two teams face-off for Hockey Night in Canada. It’s been a minute since Brock Boeser was “lucky” against Matt Murray and scored a hat-trick but tonight would be a great reminder that he can score those kinds of goals. The Canucks need them, the fans need them, and Brock’s confidence needs them.

Anything is possible.

Let’s Do This!™

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WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

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

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

CBC / SN 650 / 7:00 PM

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LINEUPS

Stating the obvious after last game but Josh Leivo has been placed on LTIR. Personal prediction: he’s out until March. Zack MacEwen has been recalled and it seems like he’s been THE guy to call up and that the Canucks are grooming him to be a full-time participant.

Jacob Markstrom is gonna start. He’s the guy.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 72.9#66 LW

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Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 74.7#44 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 72.0#78 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.22#30 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 74.8#42 LW

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Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 78.1#17 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 75.7#21 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.23#6 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

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Rating: 70.8#104 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 70.1#160 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.1#81 RW

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FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.99#25 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 68.8#133 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 68.4#185 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

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Rating: 69.4#125 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.87#31 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 75.0#21 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 72.1#69 RD

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DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.53#22 DL1
Oscar Fantenberg
OSCAR FANTENBERG

Rating: 72.0#86 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 72.9#55 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.44#24 DL2
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 70.9#109 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.2#92 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.03#27 DL3

 

There is some serious firepower out of the lineup right now for Pittsburgh. No Sidney Crosby (mid-body), no Nick Bjugstad (muscle surgery), same for Patric Hornqvist (LBI), and Brian Dumoulin (lacerated ankle tendons, yeowch!). If you know the names replacing them, you’re a better man than I.

Matt Murray is the starter tonight after Tristan Jarry played last night in Edmonton. We should be so lucky!

Penguins lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Jake Guentzel
JAKE GUENTZEL

Rating: 80.1#6 LW

Evgeni Malkin
EVGENI MALKIN

Rating: 79.5#13 C

Bryan Rust
BRYAN RUST

Rating: 77.4#9 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 79.01#3 FL1
Zach Aston-Reese
ZACH ASTON-REESE

Rating: 70.6#109 LW

Jared McCann
JARED MCCANN

Rating: 74.2#51 C

Dominik Kahun
DOMINIK KAHUN

Rating: 72.4#91 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.41#29 FL2
Dominik Simon
DOMINIK SIMON

Rating: 70.6#146 LW

Teddy Blueger
TEDDY BLUEGER
Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 72.1#80 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.37#22 FL3
Alex Galchenyuk
ALEX GALCHENYUK

Rating: 72.4#89 LW

Joseph Blandisi
JOSEPH BLANDISI

Rating: 71.9#107 C

Sam Lafferty
SAM LAFFERTY

Rating: 72.6#69 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.31#4 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Jack Johnson
JACK JOHNSON

Rating: 72.0#87 LD

Kris Letang
KRIS LETANG

Rating: 80.0#3 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.00#9 DL1
Marcus Pettersson
MARCUS PETTERSSON

Rating: 73.5#45 LD

John Marino
JOHN MARINO

Rating: 74.5#3 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.99#13 DL2
Juuso Riikola
JUUSO RIIKOLA

Rating: 71.8#90 LD

Chad Ruhwedel
CHAD RUHWEDEL

Rating: 71.8#82 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.79#22 DL3

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • Brock Boeser is still riding the slump. He wasn’t able to score against Vegas but if he can hold out hope against ONE goalie, it’s Matt Murray. Boeser has a stunning 6G / 2A with five goals being at 5v5 against Pittsburgh since entering the league. This could be a game Brock had marked on his calendar.
  • Elias Pettersson has goals in three of his last five games, he’s tallied four total. Elias hasn’t shared the puck a ton lately with only one assist to speak of this month. December has been rough for many of us, Elias. Christmas is right around the corner so a few gifts to his teammates during the game would be just swell.
  • Quinn Hughes feasted on the Penguins the last time he faced them and bundled three assists together. Quinn hasn’t seen the back of the net since November and assists for him are getting old. Now, Hughes isn’t that old but he’s maybe TOO helpful and it’s time he grew up and was a bit selfish and scored some of the goals himself. Complaining about Quinn Hughes. This is peak Canucks fandom.
  • The lacrosse goal has been popular this week and it wouldn’t be complete if Elias Pettersson didn’t try it. He’s attempted it once this season but the puck didn’t settle. Hockey Night in Canada is ultimate showcase and if Pettersson does succeed, it’s safe to say he’ll make it look the coolest.
  • The new NHL doesn’t afford cross-conference rivalries like the old days so it’s going to take a while for a few Canucks, namely J.T. Miller and Adam Gaudette, to climb to the top of the leaderboard for goals versus the Penguins. Both players currently have two goals for the Canucks against the Penguins, which is only 15 goals behind all-time great Don Lever with 17. If Gaudette is a lifer, he might pass Lever in 2031.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

Well, is it?

MY 94 CENTS

See? We were positive and positive things happened. They almost blew it but they still won. The Canucks can string together what is known in the sports world as a “streak” if they win again tonight. I can’t believe how amazing Elias Pettersson is but he continues to be a star. He hasn’t taken the Canucks out of the basement quite yet but he’s trying.

Bo Horvat needs to get in a fight. I think Bo needs to fight someone, don’t care who. I’m imagining there is a ton of pent up anger just stewing inside of him because the team isn’t where he believes it deserves to be. That isn’t Bo’s game so that’s why I think it needs to happen.

He also needs to score a goal at home, he’s due.

AND ANOTHER THING…

Pettersson is a gamer