2
Photo Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks Army THE GAME DAY – Canucks @ Jets

THE INTRO

The Canucks return to Winnipeg to take on a Jets team that beat them handily last time they were there. Since the 4-1 loss to Winnipeg, the Canucks have done some damage to the standings in the West and tonight, a win against the Jets would be a statement. In fact, if the Canucks happen to accumulate two victory points, they’ll be the number one team in the Pacific.

They’ll also have games in hand against the Flames and Oilers. Not bad for a #TeamlikeThat. Mediocrity at its finest.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN +110/ WPG -130) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 5:00 PM

LINEUPS

There may not be any changes for today’s game. Brandon Sutter won’t be ready and Micheal Ferland is still undetermined. Tim Schaller could get a scratch and Zack MacEwen may get a chance to fly around versus the Jets. Just an idea.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Why bother guessing? Jacob Markstrom will start against the Jets. He’ll play every game from here on in most likely. Poor Thatcher Demko.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 74.4#37 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Advertisement - Continue Commenting Below

Rating: 76.9#20 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 70.5#105 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.94#27 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 76.4#27 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 78.8#12 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 76.8#12 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.32#2 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 70.6#119 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 69.8#159 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.4#85 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.61#26 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 68.3#142 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.7#181 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 69.4#128 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.45#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 75.2#16 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.0#45 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.08#18 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 75.0#18 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.2#85 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.10#22 DL2
Oscar Fantenberg
OSCAR FANTENBERG

Rating: 70.2#115 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.3#82 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.75#25 DL3

 

Dustin Byfuglien is nowhere near returning so for at least one night, they don’t have to worry about him. Mark Letestu has been on the IR for some time now so again, he’ll be out. Bryan Little, yup, IR. Nathan Beaulieu? IR. No short-term injuries in the ‘Peg. If the Canucks had injuries like that Jayson Megna and Michael Chaput would be on tryouts again.

Connor Hellebuyck should start tonight.

Jets lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 78.3#10 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 78.9#11 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 74.6#34 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.25#6 FL1
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 75.5#24 LW

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 76.1#19 C

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 70.0#119 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.85#16 FL2
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 73.0#68 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 69.9#157 C

Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 69.6#162 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.83#25 FL3
Gabriel Bourque
GABRIEL BOURQUE

Rating: 68.2#144 LW

Nick Shore
NICK SHORE

Rating: 70.7#140 C

Mason Appleton
MASON APPLETON

Rating: 69.7#121 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.52#27 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 73.8#37 LD

Tucker Poolman
TUCKER POOLMAN

Rating: 71.3#83 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.52#28 DL1
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 71.6#92 LD

Neal Pionk
NEAL PIONK

Rating: 73.5#33 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.53#28 DL2
Anthony Bitetto
ANTHONY BITETTO

Rating: 69.5#119 LD

Sami Niku
SAMI NIKU

Rating: 71.4#81 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.45#31 DL3

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • The Canucks have the fourth-best goal differential in the West. We’ll leave the East alone because there’s something in the water over there. If they allow four or more goals, it’s not pretty but if they score four and up, they’re a force. High event hockey at its peak.
  • Tyler Myers has gone dormant again in his last two games after scorings three goals and two assists in five games prior. He’ll want to get back onto the score sheet against his former club. He probably isn’t going to surprise anyone tonight but in typical Canucks fashion, that’s JUST what could happen.
  •  PDO hasn’t been referenced here in a while but if Tim Schaller gets a shot to play tonight, he is due to rise up. He’s operating at 0.962 so it could be any time now before he scores his potential final goal of the season. What is Schaller when he’s playing in ideal situations, that’s the question we all want to know.
  • Canucks fans will hope most of the game tonight gets played at 5v5. Josh Morrissey and Mark Scheifele have the first and third-worst xGA rates in the NHL. Morrissey, based on playing at least 150 minutes at evens. (38.02) and Scheifele (36.98) are rolling at a pretty heavy clip for expected goals and even though Tyler Myers is included in this list, his 36.26 percentage is still well below the Jets stars.
  • Jay Beagle needs a redemption tour. He’s statistically awful in almost every way. His 24.00 GF% is among the NHL’s funk. Now that Loui Eriksson is out of the doghouse, Beagle has trotted himself in his place. Nic Dowd is at 68.18%. If you’re wondering.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

Imagine Prince Harry IS a BenningBros?

MY 94 CENTS

Should the Canucks win tonight? They just might. Winnipeg always plays them tough and even though Markstrom is a gamer, the Canucks haven’t exactly been a 60-minute team for more than a night or two at a time. Getting a big game from Brock Boeser would be nice and a little depth scoring from the third and fourth lines would help, too!

Maybe they’ll even have an efficient power play tonight?

AND ANOTHER THING…