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Canucks Army THE PLAYOFF GAME DAY: Canucks Vs. Blues G1

THE INTRO

Well now, isn’t this a surprise? The Canucks are in the real NHL playoffs for the first time in five long years. There isn’t a single player from the 2015 Flames team on the current Blues roster so this series has a chance to be less disappointing than that one did. Quinn Hughes will hopefully continue his utter dominance on the sport of hockey and we can only ask that Jacob Markstrom has gotten the yips out of his game.

Beating the defending Stanley Cup Champions will not be easy but they did it twice this season, so how hard could it be?

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: VAN +130/ STL -150 courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SN / SN 650 / 7:30 PM

LINEUPS

Don’t expect Olli Juolevi to start this game and same probably goes for Jordie Benn who is completing his quarantine in the Bubble™. That most likely means Oscar Fantenberg is back and doesn’t that just warm your heart? A Brogan Rafferty start wouldn’t be the worst, would it?

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Upfront, everything should remain the same.

Jacob Markstrom will be in net to start the series.

CANUCKS lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 78.5#7 LW

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Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 77.7#14 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 74.1#41 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.78#14 FL1
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 73.7#38 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 74.8#34 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 69.7#123 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.73#23 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 71.0#97 LW

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 70.1#131 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.0#78 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.07#20 FL3
Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 68.8#144 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 68.4#163 C

Zack MacEwen
ZACK MACEWEN
FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.57#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 74.3#26 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.9#63 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.11#22 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 75.2#15 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.0#90 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.12#17 DL2
Olli Juolevi
OLLI JUOLEVI
Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 72.6#50 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.56#10 DL3

Ivan Barbashev left the playoffs to be with his wife who was expecting their first child. No word if he’ll be available this evening. The Blues have a pretty big team and the Canucks will be in tough against them. If the Canucks had fits with Minnesota, they may want to up the ante in this one.

Jordan Binnington will be the man between the pipes for the Blues.

BLUES lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Jaden Schwartz
JADEN SCHWARTZ

Rating: 77.0#12 LW

Brayden Schenn
BRAYDEN SCHENN

Rating: 76.6#22 C

Vladimir Tarasenko
VLADIMIR TARASENKO

Rating: 80.4#3 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.03#7 FL1
Zach Sanford
ZACH SANFORD

Rating: 73.3#43 LW

Ryan O'Reilly
RYAN O’REILLY

Rating: 75.8#28 C

David Perron
DAVID PERRON

Rating: 75.3#27 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.79#8 FL2
Sammy Blais
SAMMY BLAIS

Rating: 70.6#105 LW

Robert Thomas
ROBERT THOMAS

Rating: 72.7#66 C

Tyler Bozak
TYLER BOZAK

Rating: 73.0#59 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.14#13 FL3
Alex Steen
ALEX STEEN

Rating: 70.7#104 LW

Oskar Sundqvist
OSKAR SUNDQVIST

Rating: 72.2#76 C

Troy Brouwer
TROY BROUWER

Rating: 69.6#122 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.80#11 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Carl Gunnarsson
CARL GUNNARSSON

Rating: 72.6#60 LD

Alex Pietrangelo
ALEX PIETRANGELO

Rating: 78.5#4 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.55#9 DL1
Marco Scandella
MARCO SCANDELLA

Rating: 72.3#66 LD

Colton Parayko
COLTON PARAYKO

Rating: 76.9#11 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.63#5 DL2
Vince Dunn
VINCE DUNN

Rating: 76.0#10 LD

Justin Faulk
JUSTIN FAULK

Rating: 74.1#30 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 75.07#1 DL3

NOTES TO START THE SERIES

  • Tyler Myers has played six career playoff games against the St. Louis Blues. He has 14 shots and 4 PIM. This is the Tyler Myers we can all support. Looking at his career regular-season stats vs. the Blues, he has a goal and seven assists along with 23 PIM in 25 games. Trying to decide if this is good or not.
  • Quinn Hughes leads all defensemen in points in the playoffs thus far. What? What else should be added to this? Was that not enough of a wow-factor for you? THE ENTIRE LEAGUE! There, now we’re satisfied.
  • Vancouver holds the lifetime record against St. Louis in the playoffs with a 12-6 record, averaging 3.1 goals-per-game and allowing only 2.9. They stopped counting decimal points after the first lockout so the Canucks will need to win this one outright by at least a full goal.
  • Not like you needed another thing to love about Quinn Hughes but he is also the league-leader in powerplay points with four. Connor McDavid technically has five but he’s not in the playoffs anymore.
  • Jordan Binnington finished second to Elias Pettersson in Calder voting a season ago. It can’t be denied that a Stanley Cup is a much better prize but it took seven games to win it for the Blues. If Binnington deserved the trophy don’t you think he would have locked it up in five or so games?

THE TWITTER TAKE

MY 94 CENTS

The Canucks beat a Minnesota Wild team that was good, not great. All the feels were had but let’s be honest with ourselves: the Canucks are going to have to be so much better to hang in this series with the Blues. St. Louis is big, bad, and unrelenting so the Canucks need to be bigger, badder, and more unrelenting-er.

That being said, the Blues didn’t really want to be playing in the Bubble™, to begin with. I’ll make my final judgments after Game 1.

AND ONE MORE THING…

Very unlikely Canucks give up a 3 on 0 breakaway tonight.