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THE INTRO

The Canucks have to play a game against one of the worst teams in the NHL, AND I’M NOT EVEN TALKING ABOUT THE CANUCKS! Vancouver’s professional hockey team takes on (what we’re supposed to believe) New Jersey’s professional hockey team, the Devils. New Jersey is not good this season, people.

Jack Hughes doesn’t deserve this. Taylor Hall is probably starting to feel like his Hart trophy was just a waste of time and if I might? Can I just, you know? For one second? Why is Damon Severson not a Canuck? Why?

Vancouver looks to add to their impressive four-game win streak with a matinee affair in the swamp and for once, we’re all excited to wake up early on a Saturday morning.

(I have kids, I’d be up anyway)

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN +108 / NJD -134) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN650 / 10:00 AM (You read that correct)

LINEUPS

Does Adam Gaudette not deserve to get back into the lineup? Tyler Motte isn’t exactly the flashiest option and Gaudette won’t take out a winger so it’s a lost cause. Or you know, YOU COULD JUST PLAY HIM ANYWAY!

Jacob Markstrom is back! But he’ll probably start tomorrow against the Rangers. Thatcher Demko has played two amazing games this week and at the very least he deserves to keep it going.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 75.3#29 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 77.2#22 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 76.5#16 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.31#18 FL1
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 73.2#59 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 75.2#40 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 71.8#71 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.39#19 FL2
Micheal Ferland
MICHEAL FERLAND

Rating: 71.7#85 LW

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 72.6#89 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.2#83 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.85#16 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.9#127 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 68.7#173 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 69.6#161 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.39#31 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 77.2#6 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 74.0#30 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.60#12 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 74.7#26 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 72.9#59 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.81#15 DL2
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 72.4#79 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 73.5#43 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.94#15 DL3

 

Jack Hughes is centering the top line between Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri. Will Butcher is day-to-day and Connor Carrick will replace him today. Nico Hischier is also day-to-day with an upper-body injury. His status is unknown. Maybe he’s ok, maybe he’s not. It’s unknown.

Mackenzie Blackwood is the likely starter but don’t we deserve Cory Schneider?

Devils lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Taylor Hall
TAYLOR HALL

Rating: 80.6#4 LW

Jack Hughes
JACK HUGHES
Kyle Palmieri
KYLE PALMIERI

Rating: 74.2#36 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.38#10 FL1
Blake Coleman
BLAKE COLEMAN

Rating: 72.5#95 LW

Travis Zajac
TRAVIS ZAJAC

Rating: 72.3#98 C

Wayne Simmonds
WAYNE SIMMONDS

Rating: 70.2#101 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 71.64#29 FL2
Nikita Gusev
NIKITA GUSEV

Rating: 73.4#53 LW

Pavel Zacha
PAVEL ZACHA

Rating: 72.7#87 C

Jesper Bratt
JESPER BRATT

Rating: 71.2#99 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.48#9 FL3
Miles Wood
MILES WOOD

Rating: 71.3#96 LW

Kevin Rooney
KEVIN ROONEY

Rating: 71.1#127 C

John Hayden
JOHN HAYDEN

Rating: 68.4#115 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.25#26 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Damon Severson
DAMON SEVERSON

Rating: 72.0#91 LD

P.K. Subban
P.K. SUBBAN

Rating: 75.8#18 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.86#19 DL1
Sami Vatanen
SAMI VATANEN

Rating: 72.1#89 LD

Connor Carrick
CONNOR CARRICK

Rating: 71.7#77 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.88#28 DL2
Mirco Mueller
MIRCO MUELLER

Rating: 70.6#115 LD

Matt Tennyson
MATT TENNYSON

Rating: 71.6#83 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.07#26 DL3

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • There’s word Jack Hughes has 75 family members coming to the game today to see him play. Quinn Hughes only has one family member watching him play today: Jack. Calder, schmalder. Quinn is easily the better Hughes brother in this game and he’ll get the first chance to show little Jack how the NHL works. Quinn’s in for a big game today.
  • Things look OK when Quinn Hughes, Elias Pettersson, and J.T. Miller are on the ice together. They share a very respectable 64.86 CF% when sharing the ice together. Sure, it’s early but those are numbers that just don’t lie. Pretty sure Jack and Kyle Palmieri don’t have that kind of chemistry. I looked, they don’t.
  • Winning solves a lot of problems and specifically one: the Canucks haven’t beaten the Devils since 2015, a streak of nine consecutive games. It’s time to start climbing the mountain, Vancouver.
  • J.T. Miller isn’t otherworldly but he’s producing at a 1.33 points-per-game clip right now.  For once, we don’t have to fawn over Elias Pettersson but at the same time, when EP does turn his game on, expect both of their numbers to spike.
  • The power-play still needs some work but the Canucks have been one of the top defensive teams this season. They stand atop the NHL in PK% at 95%. Lethal. Brandon Sutter is definitely earning his paycheques these days.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

MY 94 CENTS

I should have been paying attention closer, the Devils aren’t good. Coming into today’s game they have a 1-4-2 record so all the Taylor Hall trade talk makes sense now. Imagine if Jack Hughes went and played in the CHL for a year or overseas, anything would be better than what he has to endure right now.

I want to say it’s a trap game but the way the Canucks are playing this week they should further bury the Devils into the swamp. That being said, Mackenzie Blackwood could just dominate and Vancouver wins 1-0. I’m good either way.

AND ANOTHER THING…

The Canucks have always been surrounded by classy people. This proves it.