OPENING FACE/OFF

Calgary took the opening matchup in the current four-game series but the Canucks weren’t out of it. The Elias Pettersson/Brock Boeser hook up was a flash of what we remembered from a season ago. Tonight, they face off again and every game the Canucks continue to drop, the big decision looms closer.
Will Jim Benning get the axe? Is Travis Green safe? Will Jake shotgun a brew on the bench?
Will the Canucks score more than one goal? It’s anyone’s guess, but not mine. The Canucks are due for a breakout game and it seems ripe for the picking. They say nature is healing but lately, it feels like someone keeps pouring kool-aid into the wound.
Let’s Do This!™

WHERE CAN I FIND THIS GAME?

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

LINEUPS

No Tyler Motte and no Justin Bailey; IR mode. Olli Juolevi is back in and with the injuries up front, is Little Things Loui Eriksson coming back to the spotlight or does Jake Virtanen get one more chance to showcase his talents before the organization burns it all down?
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Braden Holtby will be the next man up as Thatcher Demko didn’t get the W last game. Who knows though? We’ve seen weirder things.
CANUCKS LINES COURTESY OF DAILYFACEOFF.COM:
LWCRWForwards
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
FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.78#8 FL1
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON
Rating: 73.7#38 LW
Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT
Rating: 74.8#34 C
FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.25#13 FL2
Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER
Rating: 70.1#131 C
Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE
Rating: 70.2#130 RW
FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.76#24 FL3
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL
Rating: 71.0#97 LW
Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE
Rating: 68.4#163 C
FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.70#25 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGSDefense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER
Rating: 74.3#26 LD
Nate Schmidt
NATE SCHMIDT
Rating: 75.5#18 RD
DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.89#15 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES
Rating: 75.2#15 LD
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN
Rating: 70.9#101 RD
DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.04#17 DL2
Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS
Rating: 72.6#50 RD
DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.56#12 DL3
Don’t break anything up with these Flames. It isn’t taking much to beat the Canucks right now so they’d be wise to stand pat.
Jacob Markstrom will likely get the remaining starts against the Canucks. He’s been brilliant.
FLAMES LINES COURTESY OF DAILYFACEOFF.COM:
LWCRWForwards
Matthew Tkachuk
MATTHEW TKACHUK
Rating: 78.0#9 LW
Elias Lindholm
ELIAS LINDHOLM
Rating: 76.5#19 C
Dillon Dube
DILLON DUBE
Rating: 70.3#108 RW
FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.95#16 FL1
Johnny Gaudreau
JOHNNY GAUDREAU
Rating: 76.0#19 LW
Sean Monahan
SEAN MONAHAN
Rating: 74.4#42 C
Sam Bennett
SAM BENNETT
Rating: 69.6#127 RW
FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.33#19 FL2
Milan Lucic
MILAN LUCIC
Rating: 70.7#103 LW
Mikael Backlund
MIKAEL BACKLUND
Rating: 75.5#30 C
Andrew Mangiapane
ANDREW MANGIAPANE
Rating: 74.2#36 RW
FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.48#4 FL3
Joakim Nordstrom
JOAKIM NORDSTROM
Rating: 67.9#150 LW
Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO
Rating: 71.7#85 RW
FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.87#31 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGSDefense
Mark Giordano
MARK GIORDANO
Rating: 77.9#6 LD
Rasmus Andersson
RASMUS ANDERSSON
Rating: 73.5#36 RD
DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.67#10 DL1
Noah Hanifin
NOAH HANIFIN
Rating: 73.3#49 LD
Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV
Rating: 71.0#90 RD
DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.16#24 DL2
Juuso Valimaki
JUUSO VALIMAKI
Rating: 72.6#6 LD
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DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.42#13 DL3

GAME NOTES, INTERESTING STATS, AND #THEDEPARTURE

  • It feels like Jacob Markstrom has destroyed the Canucks for what seems like forever but it’s only been three games. Marky has only allowed three goals and made 90 of 93 saves. He knows way too much about his former team and he’s proving it on every shot. Vancouver needs to take a different approach and unfortunately, they need to start getting in his kitchen. Greasy hockey works.
  • He’s still holding court with the top players and Brock Boeser’s 10th goal last game keeps him one behind Connor McDavid. This is the season we’ve been waiting for and it really doesn’t matter how hard this team falls from grace; Brock is among the best now and if you have hung out at CA since forever, you knew this already
  • Tyler Motte is out of the lineup for the foreseeable future and his physical presence will be missed. Motte currently leads the league in hits with 70. If the Canucks want to bump the slump they may need to bump their opponents, maybe even bruise them a bit. It looks like talent alone isn’t getting it done. This team just isn’t scary.
  • Nate Schmidt has been completely disappointing so far this season and his donations to random Canadian NHL charities are a telling tale. His 22 pizzas are tied for the most in the NHL. The ugly truth is that Tyler Myers is five giveaways back from being in the same conversation. Yuck!
  • Will this be it for Benning? Is #TheDeparture near? There is no way the Canucks take this to OT and a loss might just be the final nail in the coffin. It’s a shame the only reactions will be broadcast on one station.

TWITTER TOLD YOU

Things are heating up and now it’s getting silly. What does the future hold for the Canucks? Put some money down and cash in:

MY 94 CENTS

I’m actually quite intrigued about the final days of the current organization. It’s like watching all the wrestling promos; no one really cares about the game just the setup to it. Will it take a colossal loss or just another consecutive one? Statistically, there are a handful of players on the Canucks that are having pretty impressive seasons but if it doesn’t say “WIN” after the game, the fire burns hotter.
It would be pretty rich if Jake is back in the lineup and he potted a pair. Just when the end is near, something so Canucks would happen again.
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I just want things to be normal again. Then again, what is normal?

THE FINAL WORD

The Canucks are due, they have to be. This run can’t continue; there is enough talent on this team that it shouldn’t continue to slide. Vancouver has scored 11 goals and allowed 29 in their six-game slump. This isn’t the Canucks we know but sadly it’s the Canucks we have. They drop a close one.