OPENING FACE/OFF

After a four-game win streak, the Canucks pathetically forgot how to play hockey when they took to the ice to continue their season series with the Montreal Canadiens. Not even a Jay Beagle goal late in the third period could save the Canucks from embarrassment. Thankfully, Adam Gaudette provided some drive and Elias Pettersson has his clapper on point but that’s about it.
It could be another long night for the Canucks but it is possible they figure things out. A very small possibility, but still.
Let’s Do This!™

WHERE CAN I FIND THIS GAME?

TV: SNP / RADIO: SN 650 / PUCK DROP: 4:00 PM

LINEUPS

Jake Virtanen made it back into the lineup, but at what cost? Antoine Roussel was taken out of the lineup for what Green called a “health decision” but neither of those two would have made a difference yesterday. This Canucks team needs to give their collective heads a shake. How is it this hard to beat the Canadiens?
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Thatcher “Bubble” Demko will start tonight. There is hope.
CANUCKS LINES COURTESY OF DAILYFACEOFF.COM:
LWCRWForwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON
Rating: 73.7#38 LW
Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT
Rating: 74.8#34 C
FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.25#21 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER
Rating: 78.5#7 LW
Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON
Rating: 77.7#14 C
Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER
Rating: 74.1#41 RW
FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.78#5 FL2
Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE
Rating: 70.2#130 LW
Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER
Rating: 70.1#131 C
FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.15#27 FL3
Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE
Rating: 68.8#144 LW
Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE
Rating: 68.4#163 C
Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN
Rating: 72.0#78 RW
FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.73#26 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGSDefense
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES
Rating: 75.2#15 LD
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN
Rating: 70.9#101 RD
DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.04#27 DL1
Nate Schmidt
NATE SCHMIDT
Rating: 75.5#18 LD
Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS
Rating: 72.6#50 RD
DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.02#6 DL2
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER
Rating: 74.3#26 LD
DL3 Rating
Rating: 74.31#2 DL3
Don’t expect any lineup changes from a Canadiens squad that pulverized the Canucks.
Jake Allen will likely start although Carey Price wasn’t exactly tested yesterday.
CANADIENS LINES COURTESY OF DAILYFACEOFF.COM:
LWCRWForwards
Tomas Tatar
TOMAS TATAR
Rating: 77.7#10 LW
Phillip Danault
PHILLIP DANAULT
Rating: 75.5#29 C
Brendan Gallagher
BRENDAN GALLAGHER
Rating: 78.3#7 RW
FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.20#8 FL1
Jonathan Drouin
JONATHAN DROUIN
Rating: 73.0#48 LW
Josh Anderson
JOSH ANDERSON
Rating: 73.4#42 RW
FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.16#21 FL2
Tyler Toffoli
TYLER TOFFOLI
Rating: 75.9#25 LW
Corey Perry
COREY PERRY
Rating: 70.8#101 RW
FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.44#8 FL3
Artturi Lehkonen
ARTTURI LEHKONEN
Rating: 71.7#81 LW
Paul Byron
PAUL BYRON
Rating: 71.8#78 RW
FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.77#7 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGSDefense
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT
Rating: 73.8#38 LD
Shea Weber
SHEA WEBER
Rating: 76.5#15 RD
DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.15#13 DL1
Joel Edmundson
JOEL EDMUNDSON
Rating: 73.8#39 LD
Jeff Petry
JEFF PETRY
Rating: 76.7#13 RD
DL2 Rating
Rating: 75.23#3 DL2
Victor Mete
VICTOR METE
Rating: 72.2#70 RD
DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.20#14 DL3

GAME NOTES, INTERESTING STATS, AND FREE STUFF!

  • The Canucks have been outscored 23-12 against the Canadiens so far this season, almost a 2-1 pace. Vancouver is averaging 3.00 GF/GP but they’re averaging just under six goals allowed with a 5.75 GA/GP. Like the butterfly meme says, “is this hockeying?”
  • We promised free stuff and we’re bringing you FREE STUFF!!!! Vancouver has already given away the puck 35 times against the Canadiens free of charge. Thankfully for the Canucks, NHL.com doesn’t show goals from giveaways because it has to be 1/3 if not worse.
  • Montreal is capitalizing on every aspect of the game including the PP against the Canucks. Vancouver is allowing 0.75 GA/GP on the PK versus the Canadiens. At this point, you’re thinking “Can the Canucks suck any more than they do against the Habs?” Let’s see.
  • Tyler Toffoli has seven goals. Six of those have been in a Canucks net. Thankfully, he only has three assists to go with those six goals. See? Positivity.
  • Thatcher Demko gets the start and if there is a sliver of hope, he would be it. Take the over on shots to the mask. Setting the line at 1.5.

TWITTER TOLD YOU

Not one to condone smoking but…
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MY 94 CENTS

I can’t imagine we’ll see an effort that doesn’t resemble what we saw yesterday. The Canucks just have no idea how to compete against the Canadiens and that is troublesome. Tyler Toffoli scored again and he’ll repeat that tonight. I believe in this team but there’s no way you can do a complete 180 overnight.

THE FINAL WORD

Canucks make it to the third period and blow it midway through. Thatcher Demko has another amazing game but the team loses 1-0.