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THE INTRO

Welcome baaaack!

The Canucks get the night-cap of the Hockey Night in Canada doubleheader as they take on the visiting Los Angeles Kings. LA hasn’t been good lately but did win in OT last night while the Canucks have put together a handsome three-game win streak. It’s the talk of the town. Vancouver has been spreading the wealth around in that time, even more so over their last 10 games.

The push towards the postseason starts tonight and two points will go a long way.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN -175/ LAK +155) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

CBC / SN 650 / 7:00 PM

LINEUPS

Alex Edler is back in the lineup and Jordie Benn sat last game. Asking for Tyler Myers to sit would be too much so Benn will probably sit again, which is a real shame. Oscar Fantenberg has been too impressive to sit but he does make less than Jordie so we’ll see there.

Josh Leivo is out until March most likely and Brandon Sutter is day-to-day.

Jacob Markstrom is well-rested and should start again this evening. Thatcher Demko has been activated which means Michael DiPietro has been sent back down to Utica.

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 72.3#74 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 74.2#55 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 70.1#109 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 72.17#31 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 75.9#33 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 79.7#13 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 76.1#16 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.24#3 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 71.8#84 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 70.4#153 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.2#67 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.48#22 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 68.7#132 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 68.4#190 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 69.0#125 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.69#31 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 75.4#17 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 72.3#68 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.85#20 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 74.8#25 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.6#42 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.17#10 DL2
Oscar Fantenberg
OSCAR FANTENBERG

Rating: 72.0#80 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.3#94 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.65#23 DL3

 

Derek Forbort (back) has been sent to Ontario for a reconditioning stint. Alec Martinez (wrist) is on the IR. He scored the series-ending goal in 2012 against the Canucks. Never forget.

Trevor Lewis (UBI) may play this evening but missed his game just before Christmas. Dustin Brown (down with the sickness) will not play tonight. Martin Frk (no vowels?) will play in his place.

Jonathan Quick would be the likely starter but Jack Campbell hasn’t been too shabby, he got the OT win last night.

Kings lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Alex Iafallo
ALEX IAFALLO

Rating: 71.6#89 LW

Anze Kopitar
ANZE KOPITAR

Rating: 76.8#26 C

Tyler Toffoli
TYLER TOFFOLI

Rating: 74.4#35 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.25#25 FL1
Adrian Kempe
ADRIAN KEMPE

Rating: 72.0#81 LW

Blake Lizotte
BLAKE LIZOTTE

Rating: 73.4#78 C

Austin Wagner
AUSTIN WAGNER

Rating: 71.8#77 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.38#25 FL2
Nikolai Prokhorkin
NIKOLAI PROKHORKIN
Jeff Carter
JEFF CARTER

Rating: 74.1#56 C

Martin Frk
MARTIN FRK

Rating: 69.6#120 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.88#17 FL3
Kyle Clifford
KYLE CLIFFORD

Rating: 71.2#96 LW

Mike Amadio
MIKE AMADIO

Rating: 71.7#116 C

Matt Luff
MATT LUFF

Rating: 72.4#64 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.75#6 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Joakim Ryan
JOAKIM RYAN

Rating: 71.1#99 LD

Drew Doughty
DREW DOUGHTY

Rating: 75.1#20 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.09#25 DL1
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 73.0#59 LD

Matt Roy
MATT ROY
DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.00#21 DL2
Kale Clague
KALE CLAGUE

Rating: 73.5#9 LD

Sean Walker
SEAN WALKER

Rating: 73.6#39 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.58#7 DL3

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • Brock Boeser hasn’t been scoring the goals a ton but he’s racking up the points. Boeser has two goals and nine assists in his last 10 games; three of those are on the PP. The Crown Prince was heating up just before the break and it’s possible he goes off this evening for a goal or two. In nine career games against the Kings, Boeser has 7G / 3A. Add to that the fact he’s potted 4 PPG and six PPP, he’s on deck for a big game.
  • Elias Pettersson has six goals in his last 10 and for whatever reason, we’ve expected more? He hasn’t done much on the PP but he does have two game-winners. Pettersson isn’t too far away from eclipsing his rookie point total of 66 points. At 39 points currently, it’s just a matter of when.
  • Chris Tanev is on pace for a career year this season. His current 10 game stat has him with a goal and six assists. Tanev is eight points away from tying his career-best of 20 points in 2014/15 when… the Canucks made the playoffs that year.
  • J.T. Miller is the clubhouse leader in CF% but he’s slipped to seventh in the NHL at 58.02%. The Lotto line, Quinn Hughes, and Alex Edler are all over 52% which is a nice change from being among the league-worst a season ago.
  • Oscar Fantenberg hasn’t been a mainstay with the Canucks all that long but he’s already played 170 minutes of 5v5 and is T-6 in GF% with 71.43. Not bad for a seventh defenseman.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

Will lacrosse be a mainstream activity in the NHL next season?

Jeff, we’re not speaking right now

 

MY 94 CENTS

The Canucks current three-game win streak is impressive, yes it is, but it doesn’t mean they’re in the playoffs yet. They’ve outscored their opponents 13-7 in that time and the first game back after the Christmas break is usually positive. The Kings have lost their last two games and have an abysmal 5-13-3 road record this season. Two Cups will do that.

Canucks make it four-straight tonight.

AND ANOTHER THING…

Utica? For real?