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Canucks Army THE GAME DAY – Canucks @ Leafs

THE INTRO

It doesn’t get any bigger than this: tonight the Canucks take on the Maple Leafs in the heart of Canada, the center of the hockey universe, Toronto. Vancouver will have to get a memory wipe ala MIB to forget about their performance against the Senators and focus on beating a Leafs team that is quite fragile right now.

The Canucks aren’t fragile but it’s tough to say what they are as they waxed the Bruins, scored a comeback win against the Canadiens and then just failed against Ottawa. What are the Canucks going to be tonight?

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Hopefully, winners.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN / TOR ) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

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CBC / SN 650 / 4:00 PM

LINEUPS

As it’s an early game, changes won’t be posted until midday. After the spanking the Senators gave Vancouver, there has to be some kind of change for today. Thatcher Demko will get the start but Louis Domingue should play tomorrow. Big Zack MacEwen should be back in but it’s tough to say who he takes out, maybe Loui or Roussel?

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 73.3#51 LW

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Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 76.2#26 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 70.1#124 RW

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FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.19#25 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 78.0#7 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 77.2#18 C

Tyler Toffoli
TYLER TOFFOLI

Rating: 77.6#9 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.61#1 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 70.2#117 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 70.9#107 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.9#65 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.35#23 FL3
Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 68.8#140 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 68.2#157 C

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 71.1#99 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.36#29 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 74.9#15 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.6#74 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.28#20 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 77.5#6 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.3#84 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.41#8 DL2
Oscar Fantenberg
OSCAR FANTENBERG

Rating: 70.8#105 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.3#45 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.02#14 DL3
GOALIES
Thatcher Demko
THATCHER DEMKO

Rating: 67.1#38 G1

 

It’s somewhat laughable what the Leafs have had to endure via the injury bug. Jake Muzzin is the latest one to go down with a broken hand so he’s out about four weeks. Morgan Rielly is getting closer to returning from a broken foot but he’s still out. Cody Ceci is out with an ankle injury and won’t be in the lineup for some time still. Last but not least, Andreas Johnsson is out after getting knee surgery.

He’s done for the year because the Leafs aren’t going very far.

Leafs lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 74.4#36 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 82.1#8 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 77.0#11 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.84#5 FL1
William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 76.4#14 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 78.6#14 C

Calle Rosen
CALLE ROSEN

Rating: 73.1#58 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.03#5 FL2
Pierre Engvall
PIERRE ENGVALL

Rating: 71.7#86 LW

Alexander Kerfoot
ALEXANDER KERFOOT

Rating: 71.3#97 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 72.2#78 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.72#18 FL3
Kyle Clifford
KYLE CLIFFORD

Rating: 70.6#109 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 68.7#151 C

Jason Spezza
JASON SPEZZA

Rating: 71.1#100 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.14#17 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 71.4#90 LD

Justin Holl
JUSTIN HOLL

Rating: 71.8#72 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 71.58#28 DL1
Rasmus Sandin
RASMUS SANDIN

Rating: 72.0#72 LD

Tyson Barrie
TYSON BARRIE

Rating: 75.7#20 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.85#14 DL2
Martin Marincin
MARTIN MARINCIN

Rating: 70.6#109 LD

Timothy Liljegren
TIMOTHY LILJEGREN

Rating: 72.6#61 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.60#18 DL3
GOALIES
Frederik Andersen
FREDERIK ANDERSEN

Rating: 66.7#42 G1

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • It’s clear the Canucks have a unicorn in Quinn Hughes. The top eight defensemen in the league in points are all plus players except Hughes who sits at -5. Who really cares about plus-minus? In this case, me. Not only should he be the favourite for the Calder but he should also be looked at for the Norris. He’s fourth in points for defenders, he’s one point back of the league-lead in defensemen power-play points. Say that ten times fast. Hockey Night in Canada might have a field day if Hughes notches a few points before the first intermission.
  • Auston Matthews is at 44 goals thus far and he’s a sure thing to score 50. Will that matter if the Leafs flop out again this season? Everything is going the opposite of what the Leafs would like but they continue to impress with their star forwards. They should make the postseason but if they’re the Marlies on steroids, that won’t go very far.
  • Vancouver has climbed up to third in the league on the power play. The Canucks sit at 24.6% so let’s hope they can run up the score against the Leafs tonight and take over second from the Bruins.
  • After tonight’s game, the Canucks should crack the millennium mark for blocked shots. They sit seven back prior to puck drop. The Leafs are 160 blocked shots behind. Easily less bruised shins in Toronto.
  • Expect a sore neck after tonight’s game. The Leafs have 719 giveaways this season, which is good for fifth in the league. On the flip side, the Canucks have 477. That seems good?

#CANUCKSTWITTER

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MY 94 CENTS

I don’t even know about this team. Should the Canucks be a team to beat today? Sure. Can they easily lose 6-1? Yup. Toronto needs a head shake as well so this game is really fitting for the two most popular teams in Canada.  Vancouver needs to figure their game out or they just flat out lose this one.

I’m unimpressed as of publication.

AND ANOTHER THING…