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THE INTRO

Are the Canucks becoming a good hockey team? Sure looks like it. Tonight, the Canucks go into Los Angeles to take on the struggling Kings. Los Angeles has lost its last three games while the Canucks are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, I checked. There are a handful of great storylines early on this season when it comes to the Vancouver hockey club and the only thing that hasn’t occurred yet is a shutout. Come at me if you must, but the Canucks are due to force a goose egg.

The Canucks shouldn’t be getting scored on by a team like that anyway.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN -110 / LAK -110) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 7:30 PM

LINEUPS

There’s a good chance Adam Gaudette slots back into the lineup now that we know Tyler Motte has a broken foot. Loui Eriksson was alright against the Panthers but Gaudette is wasting away if he’s in the press box.

That most likely is the only change to the roster. Ashton Sautner has been recalled as Oscar Fantenburg has been sent down for conditioning. No word if it’s Pantene Pro V or the free stuff from the hotel bathroom.

After an unlikely break, Jacob Markstrom should be back in the net. This tandem between Markstrom and Thatcher Demko is becoming a story and the NHL needs to recognize it.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 72.1#79 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 77.0#23 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.2#84 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.41#28 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 75.4#25 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 77.8#19 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 76.1#16 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.41#2 FL2
Micheal Ferland
MICHEAL FERLAND

Rating: 72.1#78 LW

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 71.8#115 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 71.8#72 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.92#17 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 70.9#111 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 69.2#179 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 70.6#92 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.23#25 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 76.8#7 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.5#44 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.14#13 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 74.3#36 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 72.0#73 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.12#20 DL2
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 73.1#61 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 73.4#46 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.30#10 DL3

 

As per Jon Rosen, Carl  Grundstrom was skating with Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Dustin Brown were not on first rushes. Rosen thinks they may be healthy-scratched and BOY! would that be interesting. Not a whole lot else going on for the Kings regarding the lineup but

Jack Campbell may get the nod tonight, although Jonathan Quick never passes up an opportunity to play the Canucks.

Kings lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Alex Iafallo
ALEX IAFALLO

Rating: 70.7#120 LW

Anze Kopitar
ANZE KOPITAR

Rating: 76.1#29 C

Dustin Brown
DUSTIN BROWN

Rating: 74.0#32 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.59#27 FL1
Jeff Carter
JEFF CARTER

Rating: 73.2#73 LW

Blake Lizotte
BLAKE LIZOTTE

Rating: 73.4#67 C

Tyler Toffoli
TYLER TOFFOLI

Rating: 72.5#59 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.06#19 FL2
Ilya Kovalchuk
ILYA KOVALCHUK

Rating: 73.2#57 LW

Adrian Kempe
ADRIAN KEMPE

Rating: 70.9#140 C

Trevor Lewis
TREVOR LEWIS

Rating: 70.3#161 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.46#23 FL3
Kyle Clifford
KYLE CLIFFORD

Rating: 71.7#87 LW

Nikolai Prokhorkin
NIKOLAI PROKHORKIN
Austin Wagner
AUSTIN WAGNER

Rating: 71.6#75 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.64#7 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 71.8#93 LD

Drew Doughty
DREW DOUGHTY

Rating: 73.7#40 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.71#28 DL1
Alec Martinez
ALEC MARTINEZ

Rating: 72.6#82 LD

Sean Walker
SEAN WALKER

Rating: 72.9#58 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.71#24 DL2
Joakim Ryan
JOAKIM RYAN

Rating: 70.5#117 LD

Matt Roy
MATT ROY
DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.50#28 DL3

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • This was floated out on the socials last game, but Tim Schaller aka #SchallerNothing has exactly one more goal (4) than Elias Pettersson (3) after 11 games. PDO is a hell of a drug and for Schaller, he needs to keep feeding off of his run because it’s not often the Canucks fourth line is making the news. Schaller had a career-high 12 goals before his move to Vancouver so it’s possible he has another eight in him.
  • To be fair though, Elias Pettersson is still outproducing his teammates with a 1.27 P/GM which is good for 11th in the league. He’s honing his skill as a centre and quite frankly, it’s just one more feather in his cap. Pettersson currently has the bronze medal position for missed shots with 22, only four back of Alex Ovechkin first. He is very due for a goal breakout and the Kings could be in the wrong place at the right time.
  • Are the Canucks for real this season? It sure doesn’t feel like a team that has flaws that will bury them beyond belief. Sure, they blew the 5-1 lead and have been shutout twice in 11 games but it doesn’t appear this team is giving up. Travis Green could have easily just put Eriksson in the lineup since day one or made sure Jacob Markstrom received every chance to start or forced Micheal Ferland into a top-six position but there have been flashes of brilliance from the coach that need to be recognized. The goals and the goaltending aren’t just found money. The (R)ebuild is happening.
  • So Tyler Myers is doing alright, hey? He is the 17th ranked defenseman in CF% with a surprising 56.63. He leads all Canucks defensemen as well. There is a chance things tail off and he starts getting eaten up but steady Eddie (Edler) has kept him in check. Let’s hold off and thinking he’ll be a bust for a while, shall we?
  • Looking at the Canucks success this season in the goals category, they’ve scored 14 goals in the first, 13 in the second, and 13 in the third. Weird. The first period strong starts are just as likely in the other two periods as well. As for goals-against, the Canucks have allowed 8 in the first period and 9 in each of the following two periods. Live by the sword, die by the sword.
  • #VoteForSchaller (I started it, check the stats)

#CANUCKSTWITTER

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Here we go again

MY 94 CENTS

I’m still not fully on #TeamPlayoffs because it’s just too darn early in the season but the Canucks are doing things they haven’t done, consistently, since the time Strombone’s backstopped this team and Swedish Twins turnstiled opponents one after the other. There is something very unfamiliar about this season’s Canucks and yet you can’t help but be mesmerized by their audacity to run their opponents out of the rink.

It hasn’t even been about Pettersson yet, it hasn’t even been 100% about Quinn Hughes. They might be hitting above their weight class right now but it’s entirely possible they don’t regress as much as we think.

I’m willing to believe they’re for real. For how long, that’s up in the air.

AND ANOTHER THING…

Another one?