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CanucksArmy Presents: The Game Day feat. Canucks vs. Senators

OPENING FACE/OFF

It was quite the weekend for the Vancouver Canucks but Elliotte Friedman told us we should all calm down. So let’s keep calm and Can… I am not good at these. The Senators are in town to play those same Canucks and their record is actually worse than Vancouver’s, which is tough to do. There was a moment on Saturday where Vancouver actually was in the game but it might take more than one good period to beat Ottawa.

Let’s start with one game and if the Canucks can win this one, there might actually still be hope. Of course, they could lose and the wheels could fall off completely.

Let’s Do This!™

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WHERE CAN I FIND THIS GAME?

TV: SNP / RADIO: SN 650 / PUCK DROP: 7:00PM

LINEUPS

Jay Beagle took a puck to the face yesterday but he’s a gamer so don’t expect him to miss the game. If he does, Adam Gaudette might slot back in. He probably shouldn’t be out of the lineup regardless.

Word is, Braden Holtby occupied the starter’s net at practice yesterday so he’s likely… starting. He didn’t look stellar against the Canadiens but consistency is something this team could use a bit more of.

CANUCKS LINES COURTESY OF DAILYFACEOFF.COM:

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

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Rating: 78.5#7 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 77.7#14 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 74.1#41 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.78#11 FL1
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

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Rating: 73.7#38 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 74.8#34 C

Nils Hoglander
NILS HOGLANDER
FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.25#11 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

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Rating: 71.0#97 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 70.2#130 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.0#78 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.08#22 FL3
Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 68.8#144 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 68.4#163 C

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 70.1#131 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.09#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 74.3#26 LD

Nate Schmidt
NATE SCHMIDT

Rating: 75.5#18 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.89#17 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 75.2#15 LD

Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 70.9#101 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.04#14 DL2
Olli Juolevi
OLLI JUOLEVI
Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 72.6#50 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.56#8 DL3

Erik Brannstrom, Tim Stützle, and Cedric Paquette are all day-to-day. What you see below is likely the team you’ll get this evening. It should be noted the Senators went back to their 90’s uniforms. They’re ok, I guess.

Matt Murray should get the start.

SENATORS LINES COURTESY OF DAILYFACEOFF.COM:

LW C RW Forwards
Brady Tkachuk
BRADY TKACHUK

Rating: 75.0#27 LW

Josh Norris
JOSH NORRIS
Drake Batherson
DRAKE BATHERSON
FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.71#26 FL1
Chris Tierney
CHRIS TIERNEY

Rating: 72.2#77 LW

Derek Stepan
DEREK STEPAN

Rating: 72.7#67 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 72.6#66 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.48#29 FL2
Nick Paul
NICK PAUL

Rating: 71.2#105 LW

Artem Anisimov
ARTEM ANISIMOV

Rating: 72.2#75 C

Evgenii Dadonov
EVGENII DADONOV

Rating: 73.1#53 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.16#13 FL3
Alex Galchenyuk
ALEX GALCHENYUK

Rating: 70.8#115 LW

Colin White
COLIN WHITE

Rating: 70.3#129 C

Austin Watson
AUSTIN WATSON

Rating: 69.1#140 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.07#26 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Thomas Chabot
THOMAS CHABOT

Rating: 74.5#23 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 70.5#97 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.54#29 DL1
Mike Reilly
MIKE REILLY

Rating: 72.4#64 LD

Josh Brown
JOSH BROWN
DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.36#22 DL2
Christian Wolanin
CHRISTIAN WOLANIN

Rating: 71.8#67 LD

Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 71.3#77 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.57#20 DL3

GAME NOTES, INTERESTING STATS, AND GUDDY’S BACK

  • Bo Horvat has points in three straight and powerplay goals in two of three. Through the struggles this team has faced, Bo hasn’t given up and he might be the sole bright spot right now. He has six points in 12 career games versus the Senators, most of those assists so expect Nils Höglander to be the recipient of a few pucks tonight.
  • J.T. Miller was the clubhouse leader last season with three points against the Sens. They’ll need him to find the back of the net like he did last season as he is all helpers this year with five assists.
  • It might have been a lucky tip but Elias Pettersson got his first goal of the season. Pettersson hasn’t looked himself to start the year and is struggling in areas he normally excels in. His work along the boards is still spot on and his clapper is inches away from devastating goalies. He needs a pick me up and tonight might be his night.
  • According to MoneyPuck.com, the Canucks have the 2nd worse Expected Goal % EV at 38.73% They’re also performing under their expected performance with a .985 PDO. I don’t normally bring this up but we’re reaching for straws right now.
  • Let’s say Jim Benning gets the axe this season, what do you think the result of that would be? Things aren’t going to change overnight. They’ll still have Loui Eriksson, Sven Baertschi, Tyler Myers, and Roberto Luongo’s cap hit. Are the Canucks saved at that point? Boy oh boy, could it be a crazy week!

TWITTER TOLD YOU

I scoured the platform to find the right tweet and this one seemed to fit:

MY 94 CENTS

I don’t think the Canucks continue their slide for very long. Tonight, they get a chance to bury the Senators but we’re all thinking about last season’s Senators because even this year’s team might be a challenge. There will be no Tim Stützle as he’s on IR. Bobby Ryan is also not on the Sens so that eliminates two players that could score a hat-trick. Pettersson could use a revival game, too!

THE FINAL WORD

This one doesn’t exactly scream “barn burner” but somehow it’s the only game on tonight. All the back-to-backs in a condensed schedule and somehow this is the only game. Stunning. That also means the Canucks get the spotlight to themselves so for one night maybe keep the #FireBenning and the “we can’t afford Hughes and Petey” talk to a minimum.