THE OPENING FACE/OFF

Much like the Bernie and his mitts meme dominating the internet, Tyler Toffoli and his filthy mitts are doing the same thing to the Canucks this week. It felt like it was going from bad to worse and then it actually did. The Canucks will try and salvage anything they possibly can after the colossal beat down they received by the Montreal Canadiens.
If ™ can stay out of the penalty box just long enough for the Canucks to gain some ground, it may not be all bad. After all, Brandon Sutter turned into Wayne Gretzky overnight so maybe things are looking up?
Let’s Do This!™

WHERE CAN I FIND THIS GAME?

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

LINEUPS

Jordie Benn is believed to be in the lineup tonight as Brogan Rafferty has been put back on the taxi squad. There is still no word on Alex Edler and Travis Hamonic is out for a few games. When will we see Loui Eriksson? The Canucks have taken a ton of penalties so why not have an expert PK specialist on the ice?
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Braden Holtby should be starting but is there a definite number one yet?
CANUCKS LINES COURTESY OF DAILYFACEOFF.COM:
LWCRWForwards

J.T. MILLER
Rating: 78.5#7 LW

ELIAS PETTERSSON
Rating: 77.7#14 C

BROCK BOESER
Rating: 74.1#41 RW
FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.78#13 FL1

TANNER PEARSON
Rating: 73.7#38 LW

BO HORVAT
Rating: 74.8#34 C
FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.25#8 FL2

ANTOINE ROUSSEL
Rating: 71.0#97 LW

ADAM GAUDETTE
Rating: 70.2#130 C

JAKE VIRTANEN
Rating: 72.0#78 RW
FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.08#22 FL3

TYLER MOTTE
Rating: 68.8#144 LW

JAY BEAGLE
Rating: 68.4#163 C

BRANDON SUTTER
Rating: 70.1#131 RW
FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.09#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGSDefense

QUINN HUGHES
Rating: 75.2#15 LD
DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.21#14 DL1

TYLER MYERS
Rating: 72.6#50 RD
DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.56#17 DL2

NATE SCHMIDT
Rating: 75.5#18 LD
DL3 Rating
Rating: 74.16#1 DL3
Joel Armia is in concussion protocol after ™ put a dirty hit his way and took him out of the game. Stay tuned to their taxi squad for the replacement.
Carey Price should start this evening.
CANADIENS LINES COURTESY OF DAILYFACEOFF.COM:
LWCRWForwards

TOMAS TATAR
Rating: 77.7#10 LW

PHILLIP DANAULT
Rating: 75.5#29 C

BRENDAN GALLAGHER
Rating: 78.3#7 RW
FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.20#9 FL1

JONATHAN DROUIN
Rating: 73.0#48 LW

JOSH ANDERSON
Rating: 73.4#42 RW
FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.16#20 FL2

TYLER TOFFOLI
Rating: 75.9#25 LW

JOEL ARMIA
Rating: 73.1#54 RW
FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.18#4 FL3

ARTTURI LEHKONEN
Rating: 71.7#81 LW

PAUL BYRON
Rating: 71.8#78 RW
FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.77#6 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGSDefense

BEN CHIAROT
Rating: 73.8#38 LD

SHEA WEBER
Rating: 76.5#15 RD
DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.15#15 DL1

JOEL EDMUNDSON
Rating: 73.8#39 LD

JEFF PETRY
Rating: 76.7#13 RD
DL2 Rating
Rating: 75.23#3 DL2

BRETT KULAK
Rating: 73.4#46 LD
DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.43#2 DL3

GAME NOTES, STATS, AND “OH JEEZ, TOFFOLI SCORED AGAIN”

  • If you didn’t already know, Tyler Toffoli has scorched the Canucks for five goals this season. This isn’t just putting up five goals, it’s personal and he’s embarrassing the Canucks on every opportunity he gets. It stings even more knowing he would have loved to hang around and see it through. There are painful reminders of what the team is stuck with which forced Jim Benning to let the proven performer walk.
  • Bo Horvat has adjusted to being a dad and a Captain. He has put the team on his back and has scored some pretty important goals, three on the power play to be precise. He went dormant against the Flames but has shown up against the Habs. Travis Green even had him on a line with Pettersson to try and get something going. There’s a bullrush goal coming soon, count on it.
  • With all the giveaways, lacklustre performances, and painful defensive performances, is it fair to say the ghost of Luca Sbisa is haunting the Canucks? How do they exorcise him? Is it Pettersson that does it or a masterful Quinn Hughes performance? Something needs to give.
  • Vancouver is one of only three teams to have played six games. They have surrendered the most shots against with 37/GP in those six games and it begs the question “Will this be the same porous defence as last season?” No Jacob Markstrom to steal games and no Chris Tanev to keep the puck away, combined with a rookie backend that will be forced into a major workload. Discipline will be key tonight.
  • The Canucks are averaging just over 13 minutes per game in penalties. They don’t have the personnel to maintain that rate. They barely have enough players to play 5v5. This one could get dicey.

TWITTER TOLD YOU

Interesting take here. It’s tough to take out recency bias but breaking down what each player brings as a whole (cap, salary, minutes, points, play style, role).
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MY 94 CENTS

The Canucks aren’t as bad as they look. Puck luck is dominating this team and it’s going to take a garbage goal to bump the slump… well that and a win. Pettersson is due to get back to normal and I think we should all be thankful that the return of Boeser is overshadowing Petey’s performance.

THE FINAL WORD

Probably more of the same again tonight. Fewer penalties but a Canadiens win is most likely in the cards. If the game gets out of hand at least you have the rest of the evening to go out and do whate… nevermind, it’s still COVID.
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