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Canucks Army THE GAME DAY – Canucks @ Senators

THE INTRO

The Canucks take on the Ottawa Senators in the Nation’s capital tonight after getting the final word in against the Canadiens a few nights ago. Vancouver is a few points behind the Vegas Golden Knights for tops in the Pacific and a win tonight will keep pace with the division leader.

Tyler Toffoli has been a welcome addition to the Canucks and any boost the Canucks can get, they’ll take it.

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Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN -165/ OTT +145) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 4:30 PM

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LINEUPS

At this point in the season, there aren’t that many changes in the lineup. Realistically, the change between Jordie Benn and Oscar Fantenberg for the sixth defenseman will be the most common one. Thatcher Demko starts again.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 73.6#46 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

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Rating: 75.9#26 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 70.3#119 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.28#26 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

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Rating: 78.3#7 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 77.9#16 C

Tyler Toffoli
TYLER TOFFOLI

Rating: 77.3#8 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.82#2 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 70.5#112 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 70.9#105 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.4#72 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.25#21 FL3
Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 69.0#136 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 68.1#157 C

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 71.5#92 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.54#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 74.7#18 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.9#72 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.29#20 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 78.0#5 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.7#76 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.83#6 DL2
Oscar Fantenberg
OSCAR FANTENBERG

Rating: 70.6#107 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.1#49 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.83#18 DL3
GOALIES
Thatcher Demko
THATCHER DEMKO

Rating: 67.1#38 G1

 

Anthony Duclair is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Former Canucks backup, Anders Nilsson, is still on LTIR due to concussion symptoms, Mark Borowiecki (ankle) will be out for a bit.

Senators lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Brady Tkachuk
BRADY TKACHUK

Rating: 75.6#24 LW

Chris Tierney
CHRIS TIERNEY

Rating: 70.5#115 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 71.9#82 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 72.69#30 FL1
Nick Paul
NICK PAUL

Rating: 70.9#104 LW

Artem Anisimov
ARTEM ANISIMOV

Rating: 71.6#90 C

Bobby Ryan
BOBBY RYAN

Rating: 70.1#125 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 70.89#30 FL2
Rudolfs Balcers
RUDOLFS BALCERS

Rating: 71.1#101 LW

Matthew Peca
MATTHEW PECA

Rating: 69.9#128 C

Jayce Hawryluk
JAYCE HAWRYLUK

Rating: 69.9#131 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.33#27 FL3
Mikkel Boedker
MIKKEL BOEDKER

Rating: 70.0#121 LW

Filip Chlapik
FILIP CHLAPIK

Rating: 68.6#148 C

Scott Sabourin
SCOTT SABOURIN

Rating: 71.1#102 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.89#23 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Thomas Chabot
THOMAS CHABOT

Rating: 73.8#34 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 71.1#92 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.43#25 DL1
Mike Reilly
MIKE REILLY

Rating: 71.7#79 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 69.9#108 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 70.77#29 DL2
Andreas Englund
ANDREAS ENGLUND

Rating: 71.5#88 LD

Christian Jaros
CHRISTIAN JAROS

Rating: 67.8#112 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 69.61#29 DL3
GOALIES
Craig Anderson
CRAIG ANDERSON

Rating: 61.0#69 G1

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • Tyler Toffoli has found a new home with the Vancouver Canucks. Toffoli has 2G/3A in his last three games since joining Vancouver and it doesn’t feel like he’s ready to calm down. Could he hit 30 this season? It’s not out of reach.
  • Elias Pettersson had 10 PPG last season and he currently only has eight. Safe to say he’ll eclipse that number in the next few games but by how much?
  • The Canucks beat the Senators 5-2 on Burrows Ring of Honour Night back in December. The Senators will not be making the playoffs this season and their last 10 games are a decent reason why. Ottawa is 3-6-1 in that time. Yikes!
  • Vancouver is bringing back their power play and slowly but surely they could finish the season in the top spot. They sit at 24.3%, good enough for fourth in the NHL. Going 75% tonight could bump them up one spot ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who they’ll play on Saturday.
  • J.T. Miller has a four-point lead over Elias Pettersson and Pettersson hasn’t put up one of his convincing 5-point games in a while. Tonight feels like that kind of night. Of course, Miller will be in on a good number of those.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

They’ll figure this out eventually

MY 94 CENTS

The Canucks seem to be figuring things out lately but they’re still allowing way too many shots against. Ottawa was exposed on Burrows Night in Vancouver the last time these two teams got together. There won’t be any special treatment for the Canucks tonight but having a former Eastern Conference vet in J.T. Miller to lead the way should pay dividends.

Maybe keep the shots down though, ok?

AND ANOTHER THING…