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THE INTRO

The Canucks finished 2019 on a FIVE… GAME… WIN STREAK!! The sky isn’t falling, Elias Pettersson is in the All-Star Game and there’s a chance Quinn Hughes makes it too! There’s word that if the Canucks win tonight and Vegas loses, Vancouver’s point percentage could vault Travis Green to the Pacific team All-Star coaching gig. Remember when the season was over two weeks ago?

Tonight, the Canucks take on the Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver will try and bounce back from their 5-2 loss back in November. Chicago has a ton of injuries (described amazingly below) but they’re on a three-game win streak so someone is losing tonight because ties were eliminated in the great tie purge of 05/06.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN -150/ CHI +130) courtesy of OddsShark.com.

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 7:00 PM

LINEUPS

With the five-game win streak don’t expect any changes to the lineup. Sounds boring, I know.

Jacob Markstrom is going to start tonight and he’s going to be great.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

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

Rating: 75.7#33 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 79.7#12 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 75.7#19 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.04#7 FL1
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 72.6#72 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 74.3#52 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 70.0#117 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.31#26 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 71.6#94 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 70.5#140 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.2#72 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.40#20 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 68.6#138 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.9#179 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 69.7#123 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.74#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 75.9#10 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.6#82 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.78#22 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 74.7#24 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 72.1#65 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.40#18 DL2
Oscar Fantenberg
OSCAR FANTENBERG

Rating: 71.2#98 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.2#44 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.22#16 DL3

 

The Hawks have a plethora of pain resting on IR: Brent Seabrook is going full Iron Man and had shoulder surgery and will get surgery on both hips so his new body may not even be ready at all next season. Calvin De Haan (the shoemaker’s brother) also had shoulder surgery and his season is also over, rats. Drizzy Drake Caggiula is in concussion protocol, as is Andrew Shaw, and with no updated info, he’ll most likely be out tonight.

Brandon Saad has a right ankle injury and will miss a few weeks.

Look below at that lineup, unrecognizable to many but Chicago has a win streak going so watch out!

Robin Lehner will start tonight.

Blackhawks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Dominik Kubalik
DOMINIK KUBALIK

Rating: 73.2#58 LW

Jonathan Toews
JONATHAN TOEWS

Rating: 76.1#29 C

John Quenneville
JOHN QUENNEVILLE

Rating: 71.9#78 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.74#28 FL1
Dylan Sikura
DYLAN SIKURA

Rating: 71.2#99 LW

Ryan Carpenter
RYAN CARPENTER

Rating: 70.1#150 C

Patrick Kane
PATRICK KANE

Rating: 81.9#2 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.40#15 FL2
Alex DeBrincat
ALEX DEBRINCAT

Rating: 75.2#27 LW

Kirby Dach
KIRBY DACH

Rating: 72.6#87 C

Dylan Strome
DYLAN STROME

Rating: 74.0#40 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.93#2 FL3
Zack Smith
ZACK SMITH

Rating: 69.4#130 LW

David Kampf
DAVID KAMPF

Rating: 70.0#154 C

Matthew Highmore
MATTHEW HIGHMORE

Rating: 72.6#66 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.66#17 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Duncan Keith
DUNCAN KEITH

Rating: 73.5#47 LD

Adam Boqvist
ADAM BOQVIST

Rating: 73.3#43 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.38#23 DL1
Erik Gustafsson
ERIK GUSTAFSSON

Rating: 74.6#27 LD

Connor Murphy
CONNOR MURPHY

Rating: 72.5#58 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.54#15 DL2
Olli Maatta
OLLI MAATTA

Rating: 70.8#107 LD

Dennis Gilbert
DENNIS GILBERT

Rating: 72.4#61 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.58#24 DL3

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • Elias Pettersson has nine even-strength goals at home this season, seven behind Auston Matthews for first. Pettersson has been great this season and 5v5 apparently hasn’t been terrible either. 2020 is where he evens things u… I can’t make that joke, I’m sorry.
  • Tanner Pearson is the king of shorthanded goals this season. He’s already tallied two and is one behind the league-lead of three. His three empty netters aren’t tops in the NHL but they’re close. Sebastian Aho has five. Stay tuned.
  • Vancouver’s win streak is impressive and it hasn’t been that long since their last lengthy one. Actually, 2016/17 was the last time they had five or more wins in a row. That year, they won six in a row. Is this a team that can equal that impressive run AND makes the playoffs as well?
  • Alex Edler has 36 penalty minutes this season, that’s T-10 for defensemen. That sounds like a lot but the leader of that category was an impressive junior player, has a big frame, and has a sweet red jacket. That player? Erik Gudbranson with 86 penalty minutes. Edler is a saint.
  • He doesn’t get enough credit but Tanner Pearson has low-key been an important part of this team this season. He’s three points away from 200 and it’s doable he’ll get there in the next game or two as he has six points in his last five games.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

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This one is in the bag:

MY 94 CENTS

That Blackhawks lineup looks pretty brutal but that win streak scares me. Chicago always seems to bring it to the Canucks but this Canucks team has a weird vibe to it. I think Vancouver can win this one but they’ll need to own the first and come out strong. Will the Canucks continue the trend of allowing rookies to score, like Kirby Dach?

That’s a yes.

AND ANOTHER THING…

And goodbye to a horrible decade of pain: