OPENING FACE/OFF

There is a renewed hope in Canucks land. A dismantling of the Senators will do that. Tonight, the Canucks take on the Jets in Winnipeg which will feel a lot like Vancouver without the fans but without the benefit of last change. The Lotto Line looks to have found their legs and if anyone says anything negative about Brock Boeser, so help me.
The Jets have been grounded for the better part of this week and they’ll either have a full tank or they’ll be ripe for the picking. Regardless, the Canucks haven’t done well in Manitoba so it’s still going to be a tough game. Tyler Myers is going to have himself a game, it just feels so much like that’s going to happen.
Let’s Do This!™

WHERE CAN I FIND THIS GAME?

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

It’s a back and forth game with Adam Gaudette and Jake Virtanen. Rotating healthy scratches doesn’t speak well for either of them while rookie Höglander essentially walks on and outshines them in the very first game.
Olli Juolevi could play tonight but Jalen Chatfield stacks up a bit better in a game that will easily have a track meet built-in. Check the updates on DFO and Twitter.
On the one hand, Braden Holtby had a great outing last time but so did Thatcher Demko. It’s probably Holtby in net. Yep, the turtle gets the start.
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#10 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
Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE
Rating: 70.2#130 LW
Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER
Rating: 70.1#131 C
FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.15#25 FL3
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL
Rating: 71.0#97 LW
Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE
Rating: 68.4#163 C
Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE
Rating: 68.8#144 RW
FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.39#30 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#26 DL1
Nate Schmidt
NATE SCHMIDT
Rating: 75.5#18 LD
Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS
Rating: 72.6#50 RD
DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.02#8 DL2
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER
Rating: 74.3#26 LD
DL3 Rating
Rating: 74.31#4 DL3
Pierre Luc-Dubois is still in quarantine so the Canucks won’t get to see him this time around. Cole Perfetti was recalled recently and wouldn’t that be awesome to see him get his first taste of the NHL tonight? Bryan Little, Nate Thompson, and Tucker Poolman are all on IR.
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Connor Hellebuyck has been hanging out for a few days with no games; he’ll start tonight.
JETS LINES COURTESY OF DAILYFACEOFF.COM:
LWCRWForwards
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR
Rating: 79.5#5 LW
Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE
Rating: 76.8#19 C
Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER
Rating: 76.3#22 RW
FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.55#7 FL1
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP
Rating: 72.5#60 LW
Paul Stastny
PAUL STASTNY
Rating: 74.8#36 C
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS
Rating: 75.7#20 RW
FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.35#12 FL2
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT
Rating: 71.1#96 LW
Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY
Rating: 69.2#149 C
Mason Appleton
MASON APPLETON
Rating: 69.5#123 RW
FL3 Rating
Rating: 69.95#27 FL3
Trevor Lewis
TREVOR LEWIS
Rating: 70.1#114 RW
FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.63#8 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGSDefense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY
Rating: 74.1#29 LD
Dylan DeMelo
DYLAN DEMELO
Rating: 71.8#69 RD
DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.92#28 DL1
Derek Forbort
DEREK FORBORT
Rating: 70.5#109 LD
Neal Pionk
NEAL PIONK
Rating: 75.3#20 RD
DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.92#18 DL2
Nathan Beaulieu
NATHAN BEAULIEU
Rating: 72.1#72 RD
DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.13#16 DL3

GAME NOTES, INTERESTING STATS, AND THE CROWN PRINCE BROCK

  • Discipline is going to be key this evening. Antoine Roussel and Tyler Myers lead the league in penalties, respectively. In fact, the Canucks have four players in the top-20 while Winnipeg’s Nathan Beaulieu sits 20th with 12 PIM. Keep it clean, boys.
  • Tyler Motte is T-1 in even-strength goals with five. Brock Boeser is one goal behind. Putting those two players in the same sentence doesn’t feel right but here we are. Motte might be hitting out of his weight class but his contributions are welcome anytime.
  • If you like goals, Canucks hockey is for you! Vancouver leads the NHL in GF and GA with 35 and 36, respectively. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Sorry, this isn’t a Marc-Andre Fleury stat. The Jets have allowed 15 fewer goals but they’ve also only played seven games thus far. It doesn’t feel like Winnipeg is all that generous.
  • The Jets have only scored seven goals in the first period this season, which is still one per period. However, the Canucks have put up 10 in the first frame. Both teams have put up a strong third period with double-digit results. If the Canucks pop off first, history is in their favour, even if only a little bit.
  • Four of the Canucks five wins have come when Vancouver has led after both the first and second periods. Again, getting ahead early isn’t just a good idea, it has results. Statistics also have shown having the lead after the third period is a recipe for success!

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The finish we all wanted

MY 94 CENTS

The gravy train is over. A win against Winnipeg would prove two things: they actually beat Winnipeg and that this team was just warming up. Of course, losing in any other fashion than a nailbiter will reset any progress made this week.
I’m cheering for positivity and a win. I’m cheering for Brock Boeser and the first lacrosse attempt for Nils Höglander.
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THE FINAL WORD

If the Canucks are prepared to play a hard 60-minutes this could be a good match but there can’t be any passengers against a Jets team that has had their number for years. Vancouver’s defence has to be solid.