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THE INTRO

Yet another morning tilt for the Vancouver Canucks as they take on the #BunchOfJerks in a local matinee. The Carolina Hurricanes are coming off a late-game collapse versus the Golden Knights on Friday and will look to bounce back against a surging Canucks squad that has rattled off five-straight victories.

Everything is going right for the Canucks right now, save the drop-pass and the power-play, and getting a win against the Hurricanes would be a proud moment at this point in the season. Plus, anytime you have the opportunity to play against Sebastian Aho two days straight, you take it.

(Yes, I’m aware the other Aho didn’t play yesterday)

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for today’s game are: (VAN +127/ CAR -159) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 11:00 AM

LINEUPS

It would take some random act of luck for the lineup to change after yesterday’s beauty of a win. The Canucks are buzzing right now and it would be unwise to mess with that.

Micheal Ferland is skating and will get a conditioning stint in Utica this upcoming week. As for Tyler Motte, he’ll be out 4-6 weeks with a head injury.

Thatcher Demko should start today after Jacob Markstrom did his thing yesterday against the Islanders in a win.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 75.1#30 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 77.6#17 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 70.9#96 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.52#22 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 77.6#16 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 78.6#13 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 73.7#45 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.65#3 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 70.7#102 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 70.4#143 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 74.9#30 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.01#14 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 68.2#136 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.8#181 C

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 70.5#141 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.80#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 75.5#12 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 72.3#61 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.89#17 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 75.4#15 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.8#72 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.61#16 DL2
Oscar Fantenberg
OSCAR FANTENBERG

Rating: 70.9#98 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.6#31 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.26#15 DL3

 

Don’t expect any changes from the lineup below for today’s game. Dougie Hamilton is still out with a broken fibula which I hear is painful so he won’t be in the game, not even maybe.

Will Petr Mrazek get another start or will James Reimer get the nod today?

Hurricanes lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Andrei Svechnikov
ANDREI SVECHNIKOV

Rating: 75.4#22 LW

Jordan Staal
JORDAN STAAL

Rating: 73.0#71 C

Warren Foegele
WARREN FOEGELE

Rating: 72.6#65 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.67#30 FL1
Ryan Dzingel
RYAN DZINGEL

Rating: 71.0#99 LW

Sebastian Aho
SEBASTIAN AHO

Rating: 78.4#9 C

Teuvo Teravainen
TEUVO TERAVAINEN

Rating: 78.1#10 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.83#7 FL2
Brock McGinn
BROCK MCGINN

Rating: 70.5#106 LW

Erik Haula
ERIK HAULA

Rating: 73.1#67 C

Martin Necas
MARTIN NECAS

Rating: 72.6#82 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.08#12 FL3
Jordan Martinook
JORDAN MARTINOOK

Rating: 70.5#107 LW

Lucas Wallmark
LUCAS WALLMARK

Rating: 71.5#111 C

Justin Williams
JUSTIN WILLIAMS

Rating: 76.8#14 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.93#1 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Jaccob Slavin
JACCOB SLAVIN

Rating: 77.0#7 LD

Joel Edmundson
JOEL EDMUNDSON

Rating: 73.3#38 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.13#11 DL1
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 73.0#51 LD

Brett Pesce
BRETT PESCE

Rating: 75.5#16 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.24#6 DL2
Haydn Fleury
HAYDN FLEURY

Rating: 70.7#103 LD

Trevor van Riemsdyk
TREVOR VAN RIEMSDYK

Rating: 71.0#87 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.85#28 DL3

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • Writing this officially because Twitter doesn’t count: Quinn Hughes is tied with Filip Zadina in rookie goals with eight. The guy that went one pick prior is having the exact same production as the latter. Also, Hughes has 38 points and leads all rookies. ALSO, he’s a defenseman and no one has ever seen anything like him in Vancouver.
  • The Canucks are 1-2 against the Hurricanes since Elias Pettersson joined the team. Goal scoring has been an issue, so has the power play, and shots haven’t been pretty either. Thankfully, the only win came in December as a 1-0 shutout. You remember, of course you do.
  • Marveling at Hughes totals is pretty fun and super easy: Point, click, BOOM! It’s there. Half of his goal total has come in the last five games. Hughes has four goals in that time along with two assists. If he is on a roll which probably will continue for the next little bit, it’s conceivable he puts another 3-4 points to his name by next weekend. He is still climbing the mountain to eclipse Pettersson’s rookie total but it’s doable.
  • Despite Vancouver’s ability to allow the first goal in numerous games this season, they’re T-7 for the least goals allowed in the first period with 40. Carolina is sixth-worst with 51. Canucks need to get that early surge, pun absolutely intended, going.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs will win the Super Bowl today but they’ll have to endure some pain prior to lifting the football trophy with a stick on it. 38-36 Chefs.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

There are a lot of great charities out there and even though donors can bring some big bucks to the table, a million dollars is still a million dollars. Well done!

MY 94 CENTS

What can’t the Canucks do right now? They can’t deliver on the power play so there’s that. They believe the drop-pass is still effective and they continue to put Tyler Myers and Oscar Fantenberg together which works as well as last iPhone (not well, not well at all). Aside from those things, the Canucks are doing all the right things at this moment and they look good doing it. Carolina isn’t going to be a pushover but they are beatable.

Goaltending could be the story today so hopefully, Demko is up to the challenge.

AND ANOTHER THING…

The world seems to be burning outside of the lower mainland. It’s quite beautiful:


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