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Canucks Army THE GAME DAY – Canucks Vs. Predators

THE INTRO

Sedins Week Part 1: Legend’s Night.

Luongo, Kesler, Naslund, Trevor, Bur…. Smyl, Gradin; The pregame for Canucks versus Predators is going to be a show. There is a lot of star power to celebrate the Sedins this week but after all of that, there is a game to play. The Canucks have lost three straight and it’s time to get back on the winning train.

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Nashville is coming off of a loss as well and if Ryan Kesler can have a pregame meet and greet with Ryan Johansen we’d all be grateful.

A win this evening bumps the Canucks back into a tie for third in the conference. The puck hasn’t helped them out very much lately but that usually doesn’t last too long.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN -105/ NAS -115) courtesy of OddsShark.com

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TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 7:00 PPM

LINEUPS

The injuries are back and I’d just like to say we missed you. What would a Canucks season be without a slew of injuries? Brock Boeser is the latest to be sidelined and he’ll be re-evaluated next week. Tyler Motte is still out, Josh Leivo was seen in a boot, Micheal Ferland is skating but should get to Utica shortly for his reconditioning stint.

As for the healthy ones, they’re being exposed by the NHL’s officiating crews and it might be time to bring back vigilante justice.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

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LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 73.5#45 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 75.3#35 C

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Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 71.4#82 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.40#27 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 76.8#23 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 78.1#14 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 74.5#33 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.47#4 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 70.9#99 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 70.0#149 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.5#62 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.14#22 FL3
Zack MacEwen
ZACK MACEWEN
Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.4#185 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 69.7#122 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.57#31 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 76.4#8 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 72.0#74 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.18#16 DL1
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 74.1#29 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.2#90 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.65#23 DL2
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 70.1#113 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.7#32 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.90#16 DL3
GOALIES
Jacob Markstrom
JACOB MARKSTROM

Rating: 71.4#9 G1

 

Ryan Ellis is still out with a concussion after getting rocked early in the Winter Classic by Corey Perry. Calle Jarnkrok will still be a game-time decision (undisclosed).

Predators lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Matt Duchene
MATT DUCHENE

Rating: 75.1#23 LW

Ryan Johansen
RYAN JOHANSEN

Rating: 73.6#56 C

Mikael Granlund
MIKAEL GRANLUND

Rating: 73.2#66 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.98#26 FL1
Filip Forsberg
FILIP FORSBERG

Rating: 76.2#16 LW

Kyle Turris
KYLE TURRIS

Rating: 71.7#103 C

Craig Smith
CRAIG SMITH

Rating: 73.0#68 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.64#18 FL2
Rocco Grimaldi
ROCCO GRIMALDI

Rating: 71.6#90 LW

Nick Bonino
NICK BONINO

Rating: 72.7#81 C

Viktor Arvidsson
VIKTOR ARVIDSSON

Rating: 73.7#43 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.67#6 FL3
Yakov Trenin
YAKOV TRENIN

Rating: 72.4#75 LW

Colton Sissons
COLTON SISSONS

Rating: 69.5#166 C

Colin Blackwell
COLIN BLACKWELL

Rating: 72.0#70 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.29#9 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Roman Josi
ROMAN JOSI

Rating: 79.2#1 LD

Dante Fabbro
DANTE FABBRO

Rating: 71.6#17 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.41#8 DL1
Jarred Tinordi
JARRED TINORDI

Rating: 73.0#50 LD

Mattias Ekholm
MATTIAS EKHOLM

Rating: 75.1#16 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.07#7 DL2
Dan Hamhuis
DAN HAMHUIS

Rating: 70.5#107 LD

Yannick Weber
YANNICK WEBER

Rating: 70.3#102 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.41#27 DL3
GOALIES
Pekka Rinne
PEKKA RINNE

Rating: 68.7#24 G2

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • When the season started, a three-game losing streak was sort of accepted, heck, so was a four-gamer. Now, everyone expects this team to bounce back and figure it out. Nashville is a great team for that to happen; not because they’re an easy team but because it will force the Canucks to dig that much deeper.
  • The last time the Canucks played the Predators they throttled Nashville for FIVE power-play goals. It was a great night indeed! Quinn Hughes had three assists and the Canucks looked unstoppable. It’s been a long time since that night and the power play hasn’t been the same since. I’ve predicted some impressive things lately so here goes: FOUR POWER PLAY GOALS… for the Canucks. When I’m correct, please e-transfer my winnings.
  • Adam Gaudette scored last game and he looked like he was ready to start another streak. He had a goal and an assist in the first game against the Predators this season. Capping it off with a matching total would be big for the young forward.
  • Both the Canucks and Predators are equally giving through all three periods this season. The Canucks have 56 goals in the first period -to the Predators 50, Nashville edging Vancouver 53-52 in the second, and the Predators took the third-period battle narrowly 68-66. Unless it’s another one-off game for the Canucks, this one will go down to the wire.
  • Vancouver has apparently embraced special teams this season. The Canucks have spent the second-fewest minutes per games played at 5v5 with 46:50, 19 seconds more than the Washington Capitals at 46:31. That won’t change a whole lot going forward which means Vancouver needs to figure out their power-play and try to keep the penalty minutes down. Tough to win the game when you’re shorthanded or not scoring on the PP.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

“Henrik, what do you think you can do to get the power play going again?”

What do you think, should he be in there?

MY 94 CENTS

The Oscars were last night and of course, they award the best in the movie biz but tonight is the start of a week that celebrates the best players that ever laced up for the Canucks, no not Jason King or Daniel Rahimi, but the Sedins: Henrik and Daniel. They wowed us with their skill, their brains, and their generosity to the province of British Columbia.

It’s Legends Night and the Canucks will celebrate a handful of legends that have played for the franchise.

And then, they’ll play a game that needs to resemble that of a playoff match because the Canucks have been on the wrong end of those lately. No Boeser for the immediate future and STILL no answer on the man-advantage.

The Pacific division leaders need to step their game up.

AND ANOTHER THING…

This, of course, has shaped everyone’s childhood