OPENING FACE/OFF

The finish to Monday’s game was anti-climactic but the lead-up in the last few minutes was vintage 2018/2019 Canucks hockey. Heck, I even threw in the towel with a minute left:

Brock Boeser then scored and I immediately ate my words, with A1 sauce. We hadn’t seen a comeback this season and even though it should have been a win, the way it ended did bring out a bit of hope that this team has a new tool in its belt. Their “give a $h!# meter” is starting to gain momentum and no, they’re not moral victories, these are steps in returning to form.

Vancouver now heads to Calgary to potentially get a split in the four-game set. Did anyone have that on their scorecard? A little bit more discipline will go a long way and for PETE’S SAKE, SHOOT THE PUCK PETTERSSON!

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Let’s Do This!™

WHERE CAN I FIND THIS GAME?

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

LINEUPS

Will we see a shakeup tonight? Zack MacEwen could return and it wouldn’t shock anyone if Jake Virtanen sat in the press box. What a story this has become. Everyone was cheering for #shotgunjake and now they might want to #jettisonjake with his lacklustre play and invisible offence.

Jayce Hawryluk could even return and Canucks fans LOVE a good new guy story!

Was Monday’s game still good enough to keep Thatcher Demko in the net? Braden Holtby is probably due to make a start (the contract should dictate a few every now and then and Demko may need a night off as he isn’t quite THE starter yet)

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

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Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 77.7#14 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 74.1#41 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.78#2 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 71.0#97 LW

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 70.1#131 C

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 70.2#130 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.44#26 FL3
Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 69.7#123 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 68.4#163 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.0#78 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.04#21 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#16 DL2
Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 72.6#50 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.56#5 DL3

Mikael Backlund is day-to-day but that’s about it. Expect to see the same lineup again. I know, this section is boring.

Jacob Markstrom will start. Will he Finnish? (Tried so hard there. Didn’t even get the Nationality correct)

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

Andrew Mangiapane
ANDREW MANGIAPANE

Rating: 74.2#36 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.25#12 FL1
Johnny Gaudreau
JOHNNY GAUDREAU

Rating: 76.0#19 LW

Sean Monahan
SEAN MONAHAN

Rating: 74.4#42 C

Dominik Simon
DOMINIK SIMON

Rating: 70.1#132 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.50#19 FL2
Milan Lucic
MILAN LUCIC

Rating: 70.7#103 LW

Sam Bennett
SAM BENNETT

Rating: 69.6#127 C

Dillon Dube
DILLON DUBE

Rating: 70.3#108 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.19#28 FL3
Joakim Nordstrom
JOAKIM NORDSTROM

Rating: 67.9#150 LW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.35#28 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#9 DL1
Noah Hanifin
NOAH HANIFIN

Rating: 73.3#49 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.0#90 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.16#23 DL2
Juuso Valimaki
JUUSO VALIMAKI

Rating: 72.6#6 LD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.55#6 DL3

GAME NOTES, INTERESTING STATS, AND OT?

  • The Canucks lost their first OT game of the season and it was only the second time they had played past 60-minutes in 2021. The shootout was their sole victory in bonus hockey. Take two things from this: the Canucks aren’t good enough to hold a game that long and get a point and they’re also not good enough to force overtime. Even the shakiest teams need bonus points. How shaky are the Canucks?
  • Looking in the Cracked Rear-View mirror, it’s tough not to dwell on what has taken place up to this point. With a win tonight, the Canucks are right back in the mix, and even though they’re running out of Time, they can still force the playoff conversation. Much like this sneaky, awful Hootie and the Blowfish reference, the Canucks will need to get past their funk and strive to be the team they say they are. Of all the teams they’ll face, the Calgary Flames are the ones they need to prove they can beat. Jacob Markstrom and Chris Tanev are proving to be the ones that got away.
  • The road has not been kind to the Canucks. They’re the fourth-worst road team with a 2-8 record. The New Jersey Devils have played 10 games… TOTAL! It’s hilarious that NJD has a 3-1-1 record away from the Prudential, not that the record isn’t possible but that the Canucks have already proven to be dismal on the road and most Devils fans still aren’t sure if their team is any good.
  • There have been eight penalty shots this season with Tyler Ennis of the Oilers being the only one in the North to have an attempt. Does anyone else feel like the Canucks have been close to one? Nils Höglander is my pick for the Canucks first PS attempt. They do not allow wraparounds or lacrosse attempts, pretty sure.
  • With a goal this evening, Elias Pettersson could tie Rick Rypien, Cam Neely, Anson Carter, and Jake Virtanen with five goals against the Calgary Flames all-time as Canucks players. ELITE company. Two goals would tie him with Mark Messier. He only had six. Meh.

TWITTER TOLD YOU-

Contradicting reports but Elliotte knows what’s up:

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MY 94 CENTS

I saw that the Canucks could battle. They’ve shown they can sustain 60-minutes of effort and they can even take a lead. I believe Brock Boeser is currently the guy that has to lead the charge because Pettersson just isn’t trusting his weapons. Bo Horvat also needs to get back to being a menace but it’s going to take more than just a puck-moving power play.

The PP is still way too predictable. I’ve said this for years. I shouldn’t be able to figure it out but it’s too simple.

Canucks need something big tonight.

THE FINAL WORD

The only way the Canucks win is if they win the second period, they are the worst in the second by a landslide. A goal for the Canucks and keeping the Flames off the scoresheet can be a recipe for success tonight. Easier said than done.

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