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THE INTRO

Just when the Canucks were about to blow it all up (OK, not really) they go off on an epic power-play bender. The Washington Capitals host the Canucks this morning, probably before you even realize the day has begun. Washington isn’t Nashville when it comes to special teams so the Canucks will have to step up their “5 on 5” game. That might be a tall task, taller than Tyler Myers and his mediocre play.

All the advanced stats say the Canucks are doing well but the reality is, they’re a bubble team. Beating the Capitals today would be a big win in more ways than one. Keeping Washington’s stars off the sheet will be a tough task but the Canucks are strange that way; it’s possible.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for today’s game are: (VAN +160/ WAS -180) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 9:30 AM

LINEUPS

Can’t imagine the lines are altered today. Expect to see the same lineup from last game in Nashville.

Jacob Markstrom should start again. He was otherworldly last game and had time to rest.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 73.2#66 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 78.5#14 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 76.5#12 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.05#17 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 74.9#35 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 75.2#40 C

Zack MacEwen
ZACK MACEWEN
FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.02#7 FL2
Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 72.0#92 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 71.4#128 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.3#89 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.57#23 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.8#142 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 68.6#184 C

Tyler Graovac
TYLER GRAOVAC

Rating: 72.7#64 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.36#27 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 74.9#26 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 72.6#68 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.73#22 DL1
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 76.6#7 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 73.0#55 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.83#11 DL2
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 72.6#76 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 72.6#69 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.59#14 DL3

Nicklas Backstrom will be out yet again with a UBI, Nic Dowd cut his hand and is day-to-day. No Garnet Hathaway. He disrespected Erik Gudbranson via a loogy to the face. Hathaway is out for a few more games.

Braden Holtby will be your starter. For the Capitals. He’ll be the starter for the Capitals.

Capitals lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Alex Ovechkin
ALEX OVECHKIN

Rating: 80.4#4 LW

Evgeny Kuznetsov
EVGENY KUZNETSOV

Rating: 77.2#24 C

Tom Wilson
TOM WILSON

Rating: 74.9#27 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.50#4 FL1
Jakub Vrana
JAKUB VRANA

Rating: 75.1#43 LW

Lars Eller
LARS ELLER

Rating: 72.5#94 C

T.J. Oshie
T.J. OSHIE

Rating: 75.6#19 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.39#11 FL2
Richard Panik
RICHARD PANIK

Rating: 72.7#79 LW

Michael Sgarbossa
MICHAEL SGARBOSSA

Rating: 73.7#63 C

Travis Boyd
TRAVIS BOYD

Rating: 71.5#125 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.64#10 FL3
Beck Malenstyn
BECK MALENSTYN

Rating: 73.7#47 LW

Chandler Stephenson
CHANDLER STEPHENSON

Rating: 69.4#175 C

Brendan Leipsic
BRENDAN LEIPSIC

Rating: 71.6#81 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.59#12 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Michal Kempny
MICHAL KEMPNY

Rating: 74.1#40 LD

John Carlson
JOHN CARLSON

Rating: 80.2#1 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 77.16#4 DL1
Dmitri Orlov
DMITRI ORLOV

Rating: 73.8#47 LD

Radko Gudas
RADKO GUDAS

Rating: 71.9#83 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.83#21 DL2
Jonas Siegenthaler
JONAS SIEGENTHALER

Rating: 71.8#96 LD

Nick Jensen
NICK JENSEN

Rating: 71.4#92 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.60#24 DL3

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • It took one game but Jacob Markstrom might be back to his old tricks. When Markstrom and Demko were getting their wins early, they were stealing the Canucks wins (or keeping the lead) with perfectly timed five-alarm saves. Jacob Markstrom did just that on Thursday in Nashville and goalies don’t forget how to do that. Expect Markstrom to make a handful of top-notch stops today and put his name back in front of the so-called goalie controversy.
  • Brock Boeser is a point-per-game player. He doesn’t look the same as he did the last two seasons but he’s easily outperforming his early work. Brock’s overall game is more well-rounded now and his shot is just as dangerous. Adding a physical element to his game would just be greedy. Boeser is becoming a star again.
  • Somehow, the Canucks jumped a few percentage points on the PP and now sit at 27.1%, good enough for fourth in the NHL. Thankfully, Washington doesn’t score a lot on the man-advantage at home, so Ovechkin and Co. won’t be a huge threat there. However, the Canucks have had the most power plays of any team this season on the road and have made teams pay for it as well. Who knew this would be Vancouver’s identity so far this season?
  • Quinn Hughes is T-9 in points for all defensemen in the NHL with 17. Not just rookies, everyone. He has more points than Erik Karlsson, Drew Doughty, Aaron Ekblad, Mark Giordano, and Josh Morrissey. This is real, Canucks fans. He’s a legit #1 in the making.
  • It’s been an amazing start for the Canucks Lotto Line. J.T. Miller leads the entire NHL in CF% at 62.00%, almost 4% higher than the next closest player. Elias Pettersson is ranked ninth at 58.21, and Brock Boeser is inside the top-20 at 57.60. Real stats, advanced stats, who cares? The Canucks have a top line and Travis Green needs to do everything in his power to keep it that way.
  • Tim Schaller scored two against the Capitals last time. He got close against Nashville. Calling it.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

MY 94 CENTS

The power play won’t score 5 goals every game,

The power play won’t score 5 goals every game,

The power play won’t score 5 goals every game,

The power play won’t score 5 goals every game,

The power play won’t score 5 goals every game

It’s early, I need coffee.

AND ANOTHER THING…

This college thing is really working for the Canucks, hey?