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Photo Credit: © Darren Yamashita | 2019

Canucks Army THE GAME DAY – Canucks Vs. Sharks

THE INTRO

Happy Lunar New Year!

Tonight, the Canucks take on the Sharks in a very important Western Conference tilt… for the Canucks at least. San Jose has been pretty stingy against the Canucks since 2017 but Vancouver does have wins in two of their last three meetings with the Sharks. This game has a lot to talk about from the surging Jake Virtanen to Bo Horvat to Loui Eriksson’s dominance.

This is also the final game before the Canucks bye week and eventually the 2020 NHL All-Star Game. Expect the Canucks to do something tonight that has the league talking after this one.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game: (VAN -160/ SJS +140) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

CBC / SN 650 / 7:00 PM

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Brandon Sutter made a surprising return which sent Tim Schaller to the press box along with Zack MacEwen. It’s unlikely Tyler Motte sits so “The Big Fella” will probably be scarfing popcorn again this evening.

Is it even possible that Thatcher Demko gets the last start before the bye? Markstrom is going to the ASG so giving him a true week-long rest would be a smart move and would give Demko a worthy opponent to try and earn a big win off of. Travis Green obviously has a plan but they need to get Thatcher in there soon.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 73.9#39 LW

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Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 77.1#21 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 70.1#110 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.67#26 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 76.3#27 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 78.8#13 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.4#81 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.50#7 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 70.5#120 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 69.8#165 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 76.5#12 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.25#12 FL3
Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 69.9#126 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.8#185 C

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 70.8#140 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.48#27 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 75.0#16 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 72.2#65 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.60#18 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 74.9#18 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.5#77 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.17#21 DL2
Oscar Fantenberg
OSCAR FANTENBERG

Rating: 70.5#107 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.3#35 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.93#17 DL3

 

Dalton Prout is still out with a UBI. Logan Couture is out until February with a fractured ankle. That can’t be good.

San Jose hasn’t tipped their hand as to who the starter will be but if I had to guess, it’s Aaron Dell.

Sharks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Evander Kane
EVANDER KANE

Rating: 76.0#20 LW

Tomas Hertl
TOMAS HERTL

Rating: 78.6#15 C

Kevin Labanc
KEVIN LABANC

Rating: 74.2#38 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.27#10 FL1
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 71.5#92 LW

Antti Suomela
ANTTI SUOMELA

Rating: 71.5#111 C

Timo Meier
TIMO MEIER

Rating: 76.1#16 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.02#25 FL2
Barclay Goodrow
BARCLAY GOODROW

Rating: 71.2#100 LW

Joe Thornton
JOE THORNTON

Rating: 71.5#112 C

Marcus Sorensen
MARCUS SORENSEN

Rating: 69.8#114 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.83#25 FL3
Melker Karlsson
MELKER KARLSSON

Rating: 68.8#123 LW

Joel Kellman
JOEL KELLMAN

Rating: 72.5#89 C

Stefan Noesen
STEFAN NOESEN

Rating: 69.2#122 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.20#23 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Brenden Dillon
BRENDEN DILLON

Rating: 71.3#93 LD

Brent Burns
BRENT BURNS

Rating: 76.8#10 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.07#15 DL1
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC

Rating: 72.4#66 LD

Erik Karlsson
ERIK KARLSSON

Rating: 77.1#7 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.77#3 DL2
Radim Simek
RADIM SIMEK

Rating: 71.4#91 LD

Mario Ferraro
MARIO FERRARO

Rating: 70.8#92 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.12#27 DL3

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • Bo Horvat may have found a home with Tanner Pearson and Loui Eriksson and his last five games have been electric. Bo has crushed it with four goals in his last five and his merry men each have a goal as well in that time. Horvat is one goal back of the franchise leader Daniel Sedin since 2015 against the Sharks. Daniel has six goals while Bo sits at five. Expect the Captain to put at least one in tonight to get the tie.
  • Jake Virtanen and Brock Boeser are the next two highest-scoring Canucks against the Sharks in that same time frame with seven points apiece. Virtanen feels like he’s been producing lately but his two goals have come in the last four games and then that’s it; his last point before that was an assist at the beginning of January.
  • The Lotto line still leads the Canucks in Corsi with all three guys above 53%. Add Quinn Hughes to that as well (because obviously) but the guys that are getting eaten alive reside on the fourth line. Jay Beagle  (37.34) and Tim Schaller (39.46) are the low men on the pole and they’ve been asked to play a severe defensive role but c’man, that’s just awful. Loui Eriksson has even found a way to be resourceful so the “checking line” needs to reevaluate.
  • It’s Lunar New Year night at Rogers Arena and this beauty will grace the warm-ups and all I can say is “hook these into my veins”. It’s a shame the NHL doesn’t allow special jerseys like this for a game. EA Sports lets you do whatever you want. Step up NHL!

  • Speaking of Loui Eriksson, well we were a little while ago, he’s sporting a healthy 51.84 xGF% at this point in the year. It’s kind of crazy that he’s also .993 in the PDO section of the newspaper. That’s always a funny stat and you shouldn’t put any weight on it but if he is supposed to get back to 100, there’s a BETTER Loui than we’ve seen so far. How much better could he be? Sign me up.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

That’s a lot of goals:

More Comets below, things are happening down there:

MY 94 CENTS

The Canucks and Sharks history is interesting. You never really know what you’ll get with these two. San Jose got dummied against the Avalanche a few nights ago and they’ll want blood tonight. Vancouver is coming off a win that has people talking and two points would put the Canucks at the top of the Pacific.

It won’t matter a whole lot who’s in net for the Sharks because the Canucks have only won two of their last 11 against the Bay area team. #bonusstat

AND ANOTHER THING…

Well, the Sharks will be ready to win tonight: