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Canucks Army THE GAME DAY – Canucks Vs. Wild

THE INTRO

It’s been a busy few days in Canucks land. Injuries, mega trades, and no more Tim Schaller. Tonight the Canucks take on the Minnesota Wild, a team that was all over the Canucks a few weeks ago in a 4-2 Wild victory. Vancouver is now without Brock Boeser for an extended amount of time (see below) so any hope he was going to hit 30 goals this year is now washed away. Thankfully, Tyler Toffoli is here to save the day!

By the time this is posted the Canucks may have made another move so stay tuned to the Twitters for the latest. Also, the Canucks need to win tonight for more points and a share of the division lead.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN -135/ MIN +115) courtesy of OddsShark.com.

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 7:30 PM

LINEUPS

Tyler Toffoli will wear #73. He’ll also start his time with Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller. That’s the good news. Now for the bad LTIR news: Brock Boeser is out until likely the end of the (regular) season with a bout of Tony Romas (rib cartilage fracture), Micheal Ferland has relapsed in his concussion recovery and is back on LTIR and his season has ended, Josh Leivo won’t play again this year either, Tyler Motte could be back mid-March, Oscar Fantenberg is still out with a concussion, and FINALLY… Tyler Graovac is starting to skate.

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Tim Schaller has been traded.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 73.4#48 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

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Rating: 75.3#32 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 69.3#140 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 72.69#30 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 76.4#17 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 77.5#17 C

Tyler Toffoli
TYLER TOFFOLI

Rating: 74.4#32 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.09#4 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 71.2#96 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 71.0#106 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.3#75 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.54#20 FL3
Zack MacEwen
ZACK MACEWEN
Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.1#162 C

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 72.0#90 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.53#25 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 74.3#23 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.2#86 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.75#24 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 76.1#8 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.3#83 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.69#15 DL2
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 71.0#101 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.2#42 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.06#11 DL3
GOALIES
Jacob Markstrom
JACOB MARKSTROM

Rating: 71.6#11 G1

 

There are zero notable injuries to speak of for Minnesota. We’ve already devasted you with the Canucks problems so we’ll leave you alone now.

Wild lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Parise
ZACH PARISE

Rating: 74.8#34 LW

Eric Staal
ERIC STAAL

Rating: 74.2#44 C

Kevin Fiala
KEVIN FIALA

Rating: 76.1#20 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.01#18 FL1
Alex Galchenyuk
ALEX GALCHENYUK

Rating: 70.1#123 LW

Luke Kunin
LUKE KUNIN

Rating: 71.8#87 C

Mats Zuccarello
MATS ZUCCARELLO

Rating: 72.3#76 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 71.41#26 FL2
Marcus Foligno
MARCUS FOLIGNO

Rating: 72.0#75 LW

Joel Eriksson Ek
JOEL ERIKSSON EK

Rating: 73.0#59 C

Jordan Greenway
JORDAN GREENWAY

Rating: 72.5#72 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.48#12 FL3
Ryan Donato
RYAN DONATO

Rating: 72.4#67 LW

Mikko Koivu
MIKKO KOIVU

Rating: 71.2#103 C

Ryan Hartman
RYAN HARTMAN

Rating: 70.7#119 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.43#7 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ryan Suter
RYAN SUTER

Rating: 75.7#12 LD

Jared Spurgeon
JARED SPURGEON

Rating: 76.0#15 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.86#6 DL1
Jonas Brodin
JONAS BRODIN

Rating: 74.0#32 LD

Mathew Dumba
MATHEW DUMBA

Rating: 74.8#27 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.36#9 DL2
Carson Soucy
CARSON SOUCY

Rating: 71.6#87 LD

Greg Pateryn
GREG PATERYN

Rating: 71.2#87 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.38#22 DL3
GOALIES
Devan Dubnyk
DEVAN DUBNYK

Rating: 64.2#57 G1

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • A win tonight will put the Canucks back into the lead in the Pacific. This is going to be a recurring point until the end of the year. Get used to it.
  • When was the last time Jake Virtanen won a game? San Jose? He’s due for another GWG and y’know what, I think he does it. He sits at six on the season which is pretty great for Jake. He currently has 16 goals this season and he hasn’t scored in two games. Jake has some work to do.
  • Tyler Toffoli will definitely get a shot to work on the top power-play unit tonight. With Boeser sidelined, Toffoli will change the dynamic of how that unit moves around and he might get some net-front goals, something Bo Horvat has struggled to do. Tyler only has 4 PPG this season. I predict he finishes the year with 8.
  • Jacob Markstrom will begin his run to the playoffs tonight and it’s unlikely we see Demko too many more times here on in. If Markstrom is going to be the guy, he’ll need to stand tall against teams like the Wild that are well below Vancouver in the standings. The Canucks will need to be good teammates and score enough goals that Markstrom won’t be relied upon to save the puck 50+ times.
  • Quinn Hughes leads the rookie race in points but if he wants to win the Calder he’ll need to improve a few categories: Even-strength points (23) while Cale Makar has 26 and even-strength goals (5) to Makar’s (8). That’s it. He’s dominating PPP with 22 points to Makar’s 17, assists (37) to Makar’s 31, and OTG (1). Cale Makar isn’t allowed to stay up that late.

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MY 94 CENTS

Wouldn’t it be nice if the Canucks put up a 60-minute effort that we can say “Hey, that was a great effort”? Vancouver got dummied by the Ducks with no long ceremony to speak of. They need to play better for Thatcher Demko because he’s just as good as Markstrom but he doesn’t get the starts to prove that.

I’m interested to see if there is an immediate big impact with the introduction of Tyler Toffoli but he won’t make the team worse and now we know Zack MacEwen is a full-timer. Please Toffoli, help our power play get better. Not asking much.

AND ANOTHER THING…