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Canucks Army THE GAME DAY – Canucks @ Wild

THE INTRO

Following the Canucks can be painful. There is no predictability with this team. Losing streak, winning streak, blowouts, and full-team efforts; the Canucks really have their fans held captive. Today, Vancouver heads to Minnesota to take on the Wild, a team that has been dynamite at home this season posting an 11-4-4 record.

Brock Boeser is back home in front of friends and family including Duke, his dad. Brock has put together a pretty impressive week with two goals yesterday and one on Thursday. The assists have been there and it might be the time we’ve waited for to see Brock shine.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for today’s game are: (VAN +122/ MIN -152) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 1:00 PM

LINEUPS

No changes from yesterday from the sound of things because after you lose two embarrassingly bad games and follow it up with a convincing win, you ease off.

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Zack MacEwen has been recalled.

Thatcher Demko should get another shot today even though the team in front of him the other night wasn’t that helpful. Jacob Markstrom can’t play every game.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 74.6#32 LW

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Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 76.7#21 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 70.4#110 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.88#26 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 76.0#32 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 79.0#12 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 75.3#29 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.77#3 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 71.1#103 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 70.1#151 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.6#65 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.24#21 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 67.7#144 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.2#180 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 68.3#133 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 67.72#31 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 75.6#13 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.2#41 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.41#15 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 74.8#23 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.0#86 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.90#22 DL2
Oscar Fantenberg
OSCAR FANTENBERG

Rating: 70.5#114 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 70.9#88 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.70#29 DL3

 

For the most part, the Wild are healthy. Greg Pateryn was placed on the IR back in December. His return is unknown.

Alex Stalock should be the starter for Minnesota today.

Wild lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Jason Zucker
JASON ZUCKER

Rating: 73.8#47 LW

Eric Staal
ERIC STAAL

Rating: 75.4#36 C

Mats Zuccarello
MATS ZUCCARELLO

Rating: 72.9#59 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.04#23 FL1
Zach Parise
ZACH PARISE

Rating: 74.9#27 LW

Mikko Koivu
MIKKO KOIVU

Rating: 71.4#107 C

Kevin Fiala
KEVIN FIALA

Rating: 73.1#65 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.14#22 FL2
Marcus Foligno
MARCUS FOLIGNO

Rating: 73.1#61 LW

Joel Eriksson Ek
JOEL ERIKSSON EK

Rating: 71.3#115 C

Luke Kunin
LUKE KUNIN

Rating: 72.0#78 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.14#9 FL3
Jordan Greenway
JORDAN GREENWAY

Rating: 70.5#120 LW

Ryan Donato
RYAN DONATO

Rating: 72.0#95 C

Ryan Hartman
RYAN HARTMAN

Rating: 70.7#103 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.06#13 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ryan Suter
RYAN SUTER

Rating: 76.1#10 LD

Jared Spurgeon
JARED SPURGEON

Rating: 75.1#18 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.61#7 DL1
Jonas Brodin
JONAS BRODIN

Rating: 73.0#55 LD

Mathew Dumba
MATHEW DUMBA

Rating: 74.6#24 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.81#13 DL2
Carson Soucy
CARSON SOUCY

Rating: 72.1#79 LD

Greg Pateryn
GREG PATERYN

Rating: 72.4#61 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.25#13 DL3

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • Elias Pettersson is three points away from 50. He finished his rookie campaign with 66 and it’s safe to say he’ll hit that number within a few weeks the way he’s performing. Three seasons ago, Bo Horvat and Henrik Sedin were the only Canucks to eclipse 50 points. It’s been rough for the Canucks but the stars are becoming exactly that.
  • It’s been a day since the news but Quinn Hughes will also be going to the All-Star Game along with Elias Pettersson and Jacob Markstrom. When was the last time the Canucks had THREE players at the event?
  • Looking over the defenseman atop the standings in the league and aside from San Jose, each player is the team’s number one defenseman. Quinn Hughes has 31 points already and he’s ahead of an impressive group of players. He’s become the Canucks’ top defender (yes, I’m not exactly the first to report this) and he continues to create more options every time he’s on the ice.
  • Ironically, Loui Eriksson’s goal yesterday of the empty net variety was only his second this season, despite popular belief. Tanner Pearson leads the Canucks with three. Sebastian Aho has five but it’s still early. Is this a stat we need to keep an eye on? Switching gears, Pearson has six empty-net points which are also one behind, you guessed it, Aho.
  • Jake Virtanen and Elias Pettersson each have three dinged crossbars this year. Jake is aiming now and that 20-goal mark may not be too far away. My prediction: February 12 against the Blackhawks is Jake’s 20th.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

This can’t be the best name, right?

 

MY 94 CENTS

This one’s in Minny. Brock Boeser has the crew at the game and he’s playing like a man possessed. There’s no way Vancouver loses today. Brock scores again and Quinn adds two points.

Short and sweet.

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