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THE INTRO

Tonight is a pivotal tilt between the Canucks and Arizona Coyotes. Vancouver is three points back of Arizona in the Pacific but beating the Coyotes keeps the race going for a Canucks squad that hopes to shed the “bubble” moniker and turn itself into a playoff contender. Puck luck dominated the Canucks last game on Tuesday but they owned the shot share.

Goaltending can’t be the only thing that wins it and the power play needs to reset the system. Hit the TV, blow in the cartridge and get back to business.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

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

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 7:00 PM

LINEUPS

Don’t expect to see Brandon Sutter until after the All-Star break but if he does play he might get in against San Jose on the weekend. Tough to say if Travis Green shakes it up against the Coyotes but Zack MacEwen might be a nice option and heck, Jordie Benn should slot in too!

Thatcher Demko needs some starts and tonight would be a great one to get. If he plays well, give him one more and give Jacob Markstrom rest prior to their bye and Markstrom’s first-ever All-Star nod.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 74.0#39 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 77.5#18 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 70.4#108 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.97#25 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 76.3#30 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 78.8#14 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 76.5#13 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.18#1 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 70.5#108 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 69.4#168 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 71.2#88 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.37#26 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 68.2#135 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.8#186 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 69.5#123 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.49#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 75.0#17 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 72.0#65 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.47#20 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 75.0#16 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.5#75 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.24#20 DL2
Oscar Fantenberg
OSCAR FANTENBERG

Rating: 70.3#113 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.3#35 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.80#21 DL3

 

There has been a lot of change since the Canucks last faced the Coyotes. Taylor Hall and Phil Kessel will be in the lineup and a bunch of other castoffs from around the league make up the latest Coyotes team. It’s like Vegas all over again. That also means they’re going to the Cup Final this year. Woof!

A bit of a toss-up but might we see Adin Hill this evening or will Antti Raanta get the nod? Arizona always has the best storylines!

Coyotes lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Taylor Hall
TAYLOR HALL

Rating: 77.5#12 LW

Christian Dvorak
CHRISTIAN DVORAK

Rating: 72.6#92 C

Conor Garland
CONOR GARLAND

Rating: 72.8#55 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.31#24 FL1
Clayton Keller
CLAYTON KELLER

Rating: 74.0#40 LW

Carl Soderberg
CARL SODERBERG

Rating: 72.4#98 C

Nick Schmaltz
NICK SCHMALTZ

Rating: 72.0#73 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.79#25 FL2
Lawson Crouse
LAWSON CROUSE

Rating: 70.5#107 LW

Derek Stepan
DEREK STEPAN

Rating: 73.1#76 C

Phil Kessel
PHIL KESSEL

Rating: 72.7#58 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.13#10 FL3
Michael Grabner
MICHAEL GRABNER

Rating: 69.8#122 LW

Brad Richardson
BRAD RICHARDSON

Rating: 70.6#149 C

Vinnie Hinostroza
VINNIE HINOSTROZA

Rating: 71.5#83 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.61#18 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Oliver Ekman-Larsson
OLIVER EKMAN-LARSSON

Rating: 75.2#14 LD

Jason Demers
JASON DEMERS

Rating: 72.7#55 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.96#16 DL1
Jakob Chychrun
JAKOB CHYCHRUN

Rating: 74.7#24 LD

Alex Goligoski
ALEX GOLIGOSKI

Rating: 74.3#26 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.49#6 DL2
Jordan Oesterle
JORDAN OESTERLE

Rating: 71.5#93 LD

Niklas Hjalmarsson
NIKLAS HJALMARSSON

Rating: 72.8#53 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.16#15 DL3

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • Thankfully, the Canucks have only been shutout three times this season so it’s unlikely they go back to back in that category. Loui Eriksson almost scored a real goal the other night. That’s effort. If Loui is working hard, you know the Canucks deserve to win.
  • Vancouver has scored 13 more goals than the Coyotes at this point but they’ve allowed 19 more than Arizona. High-event hockey dominates the Canucks and tonight’ should be no different.
  • Both teams are owning their home/road matchups. The Canucks are an impressive 14-5-3 at home this season while the Coyotes are an equally impressive 14-8-3 on the road. Can the Canucks get back to their winning ways and become only the third team in the West to accumulate 15 wins?
  • The Canucks are back to their mediocre ways with a 49.47% GF% and they’re sub-50 in Corsi. The October Canucks need to return because those are the Canucks that got their team to this point.
  • Jake Virtanen is due for a run of points. A feisty Coyotes team might spark the young winger and get him back on pace to have his first-ever 20-goal season.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

MY 94 CENTS 

I was pretty choked that puck luck dominated the Canucks against the Jets but their effort was there. There’s no way they clank that many posts again and having yet another oh-for (sp?) on the PP can’t be acceptable. How does Green think the pedestrian effort will do with the man-advantage?

They make it difficult to gain the zone and they have more than enough players to do it easily.

Time for the Canucks to step up.

AND ANOTHER THING…

First one of the year so you better believe this is back: