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THE INTRO

The Canucks are back home and couldn’t be happier to face the St. Louis Blues for the second time in less than a month. Vancouver mounted an impressive comeback in October, not quite to the level George Costanza countered against Reilly in 1997, but close. Coincidentally, Ryan O’Reilly’s Blues blew (no pun intended, OK, now I guess there is) a 3-1 lead and lost in a shootout to the Canucks in their last meeting and since then, Canucks fans are worried the goal store is going to call because they’re out of the juicy goals we’ve become accustomed to in the last month.

Jerk store, goal store, stocked, all out, let’s figure this out.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN -130/ STL +110) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 7:00 PM

LINEUPS

Bo Horvat… yet again, has another new linemate. Adam Gaudette is flanking Horvat’s right-wing while Tanner Pearson remains on the left side. Sven Baertschi still hasn’t made his way back into the lineup which is kind of surprising. Josh Leivo would be an easy target to swap out, put Gaudette on the third line and put Baertschi up with Bo. Just me, but I’d say it would work.

On the back end, Quinn Hughes may return after a scare a few games ago. That being said, Oscar Fantenburg practiced yesterday with Troy Stecher (TFR)

Jacob Markstrom will be back in net after Thatcher Demko spelled him for a game. The tandem of Markstrom/Demko has turned heads not only in the BC market but around the league as well. Check the deets below to find out why.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 72.4#70 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 77.1#23 C

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 69.0#181 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 72.83#29 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 76.3#16 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 79.1#10 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 76.4#13 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.27#3 FL2
Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 72.3#64 LW

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 71.7#116 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.8#77 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.95#14 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 71.7#83 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 69.8#169 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 70.8#93 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.77#19 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 77.6#5 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.9#33 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.75#10 DL1
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 73.1#56 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 72.1#69 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.60#22 DL2
Oscar Fantenberg
OSCAR FANTENBERG

Rating: 71.5#95 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 73.3#44 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.42#18 DL3

 

Vladimir Tarasenko had shoulder surgery and is out for at least five months. A huge blow to the Blues but for a team that is still performing after winning a Stanley Cup, they’ll survive.

Jordan Binnington will want to avenge the loss from the last time these two teams met so he should be in the pipes tonight.

Blues lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Jaden Schwartz
JADEN SCHWARTZ

Rating: 76.6#14 LW

Brayden Schenn
BRAYDEN SCHENN

Rating: 75.6#37 C

Robert Thomas
ROBERT THOMAS

Rating: 71.3#126 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.51#24 FL1
Zach Sanford
ZACH SANFORD

Rating: 71.2#105 LW

Ryan O'Reilly
RYAN O’REILLY

Rating: 77.3#21 C

David Perron
DAVID PERRON

Rating: 77.0#12 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.19#8 FL2
Alex Steen
ALEX STEEN

Rating: 71.5#90 LW

Tyler Bozak
TYLER BOZAK

Rating: 72.3#100 C

Sammy Blais
SAMMY BLAIS

Rating: 70.9#91 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.57#21 FL3
MacKenzie MacEachern
MACKENZIE MACEACHERN

Rating: 70.9#109 LW

Ivan Barbashev
IVAN BARBASHEV

Rating: 70.6#118 C

Oskar Sundqvist
OSKAR SUNDQVIST

Rating: 70.9#136 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.80#17 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Carl Gunnarsson
CARL GUNNARSSON

Rating: 72.2#85 LD

Alex Pietrangelo
ALEX PIETRANGELO

Rating: 78.2#5 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.17#14 DL1
Jay Bouwmeester
JAY BOUWMEESTER

Rating: 73.1#58 LD

Colton Parayko
COLTON PARAYKO

Rating: 76.1#15 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.61#7 DL2
Vince Dunn
VINCE DUNN

Rating: 75.5#14 LD

Justin Faulk
JUSTIN FAULK

Rating: 76.2#14 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 75.82#1 DL3

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • Everyone is talking about how the Canucks are a favoured team to not only make the Stanley Cup Final this season but win it. You won’t find that here. What you will find is scorching hot analysis of players you know and respect. Starting with Elias Pettersson, you’ll be happy to know that he ranks fourth in the NHL for On-ice xGoals % with 64%, nutty! His xGoals per 60 minutes on the PP is 2.4 which is impressive but that’s not even in spitting distance, unless there was a second spitter, of Bo Horvat’s 3.42 per 60. Thanks to MoneyPuck.com (created by a CA alum).
  • Great stat right? What if you kept reading and found out that the “Lotto Line” was also fourth in xGoals % with 64%. Simply stunning. On the flip side, the absolute least likely line to score in the NHL was on the Blues. Ryan O’Reilly (we mentioned him earlier), David Perron, and Sammy Blais clock in at a paltry 40.6%. I imagine that’s why they broke up. #TeamLikeThat would have owned them.
  • We’re running a Money Puck parlay tonight! GOALIES! You’ve heard about ’em but now we’re going to inform you on the impending goalie controversy about to roll through Vancouver. Thatcher Demko has the fourth-highest save % of unblocked shots in the NHL. That number: 96.56% Hated villain Tuukka Rask of Boston sits first with 96.98%. He’s also played three more games than Demko so it’s possible the Canucks could host the greatest goalie in the league when the games align. Jordan Binnington has a 95.17 rating good for 29th in the league in that category. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.
  • Elias Pettersson was named the NHL’s first star of the week and you know what, he earned it. Three goals and six assists in four games helped Pettersson achieve the status that will almost definitely get him free Popeye’s Chicken sandwiches when they come back. You get first star, you get the chicken. Pretty sure that’s a saying.
  • I’m all out of stats but it’s totally weird that fourth place came up a lot today, right? How many stats exist where a Canuck or the team itself is fourth, I want to know. It just blows my mind we got this far and you’re sick of seeing anything with the number four. Good thing Gudbrandson isn’t on the Canu…..THERE IT IS AGAIN!

#CANUCKSTWITTER

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MY 94 CENTS

I just don’t know if I can fully buy-in that this Canucks team is real. I said if they’re still performing like this after the Avalanche (skate jersey) game on Nov 16, then this is the team we’ll see for the rest of the year. The Blues will be playing Vancouver hard tonight and won’t give them a lot of room to move. Bo’s line has another crafty option with Gaudette and it could pay dividends immediately. Gaudette has produced since he’s returned and Horvat’s line has been heavily involved.

If we look to Vincent’s Picks, he has the Canucks winning in regulation.

AND ANOTHER THING…


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