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Canucks Army THE GAME DAY – Canucks @ Canadiens

THE INTRO

The trade deadline has come and gone and both the Canucks and Canadiens faired quite well. Sadly, the Canucks will have to prove they are just as worthy of the playoffs as they were Saturday night against the Bruins as they’ll have to win without him for the foreseeable future. Tonight, the Canucks will take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre in the first of four Eastern road games.

Vancouver hasn’t exactly lit the lamp against the Canadiens lately, well for a while to be honest, so a win against the bleu, blanc, et rouge would be huge.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN +103/ MTL -127) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 4:00 PM

LINEUPS

Where do you wanna start? Brock Boeser is still week-to-week with the whole rib fracture thing, Josh Leivo is still out as well for the rest of the season but Tyler Motte is back and owning every shift.

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Oh, Jacob Markstrom is now out for at least 3-4 weeks with a meniscus injury. It’s Thatcher Demko’s net now. Go get it bud!

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 73.3#52 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

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Rating: 75.4#27 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 69.3#133 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 72.68#28 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 77.4#10 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 77.3#18 C

Tyler Toffoli
TYLER TOFFOLI

Rating: 76.0#19 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.91#2 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 70.8#110 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 71.0#106 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.2#73 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.35#21 FL3
Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 68.8#138 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 68.2#165 C

Zack MacEwen
ZACK MACEWEN
FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.49#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 74.3#29 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 70.9#93 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.59#25 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 77.3#6 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.6#72 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.49#8 DL2
Oscar Fantenberg
OSCAR FANTENBERG

Rating: 71.1#103 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 72.9#43 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.00#17 DL3
GOALIES
Thatcher Demko
THATCHER DEMKO

Rating: 67.1#39 G1

 

Victor Mete is day-to-day with an LBI and Ilya Kovalchuk is no longer with the Canadiens. Good timing, hey Vancouver? Nothing else going on with the Habs but they’re trying to make the playoffs and they’ll need a win tonight to keep that dream alive.

Canadiens lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tomas Tatar
TOMAS TATAR

Rating: 76.1#19 LW

Phillip Danault
PHILLIP DANAULT

Rating: 74.8#34 C

Brendan Gallagher
BRENDAN GALLAGHER

Rating: 77.1#10 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.98#13 FL1
Jonathan Drouin
JONATHAN DROUIN

Rating: 73.0#60 LW

Nick Suzuki
NICK SUZUKI
Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA

Rating: 72.7#64 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.84#19 FL2
Paul Byron
PAUL BYRON

Rating: 71.1#101 LW

Max Domi
MAX DOMI

Rating: 73.4#51 C

Jake Evans
JAKE EVANS
FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.27#12 FL3
Artturi Lehkonen
ARTTURI LEHKONEN

Rating: 71.8#84 LW

Jordan Weal
JORDAN WEAL

Rating: 72.7#68 C

Dale Weise
DALE WEISE

Rating: 68.8#138 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.09#6 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 74.4#27 LD

Shea Weber
SHEA WEBER

Rating: 77.4#9 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.89#8 DL1
Brett Kulak
BRETT KULAK

Rating: 73.3#49 LD

Jeff Petry
JEFF PETRY

Rating: 76.4#15 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.87#6 DL2
Karl Alzner
KARL ALZNER

Rating: 71.0#104 LD

Christian Folin
CHRISTIAN FOLIN

Rating: 72.1#67 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.57#21 DL3
GOALIES
Carey Price
CAREY PRICE

Rating: 68.3#29 G1

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • The Canucks haven’t beaten the Canadiens since October 2015 when they blasted them 5-1 in Vancouver. They haven’t had a win in Montreal since December 2011 in a shootout. Does anyone remember that game? Case in point, a win is important for a lot of reasons.
  • Thatcher Demko is the number one goalie now and he’ll get his chance to make the Canucks as much his team as it is Markstrom’s. Demko is 2-2 in his last four starts and in both wins he’s only allowed one goal each. The team in front of him is a lot better than it was just over a week ago and there will be a little added pressure to win tonight.
  • Vancouver is third in the Western Conference in goal differential with a satisfying +16. Over in the East, the Canucks would be ranked seventh. Colorado is tops in the West with +46 while Tampa Bay is +50. Montreal is a boring -1. Earlier this year, the Canucks were on pace to outscore almost every team in the league and every team but one in the West. They’ll have to go on a goal bender to get close. Considering how the Canucks have played the Canadiens, don’t count on another 9-3 outing.
  • Chris Tanev and Alex Edler aren’t on Twitter that we know of but if they were, they’d be in Ryan Kesler territory for blocks. Tanev leads Edler 141-140 and an overly defensive game tonight could both of them in a tie for second in the league. Oscar Klefbom is sore with 172 blocks this season.
  • Quinn Hughes is racing towards the Calder. He has points in six of his last seven games for a total of 10 assists. He was held without a point the last time the Canucks faced the Canadiens but he’s seemed to have found his comfort zone on the team. Quinn will get three assists tonight and command respect across the league for the rookie trophy.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

Could you imagine?

MY 94 CENTS

Yet again, the Canucks suffer another injury that creates opportunity for a teammate. Jacob Markstrom’s loss is Thatcher Demko’s gain. If there was a time to prove his ultimate worth, or worse, muddy the waters for the expansion draft after next season, this stretch run to potentially end the season is going to define Demko’s future.

Everyone can relax now that the deadline is over, including Troy Stecher, so jobs are secure and the team can start building more chemistry towards the playoffs.

There might actually be something special happening there.

Canucks pull it off 4-2.

AND ANOTHER THING…

Oh please, let me at this thing