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THE INTRO

The Canucks have a tough matchup this evening as the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs come to town in a very rare 7:00 PM start, on a weeknight no less. Vancouver has been in some high scoring games as of late including a rally-point victory against the Sabres on Sunday afternoon where they emerged 6-5 in OT.

Toronto is a goal behind the Canucks in scoring and they’ve allowed 11 more goals than Vancouver as well. The setup for this one has similar markings as the Sabres tilt from the weekend but the Canucks can’t afford to give up another generous lead if they want to have a shot at the playoffs. Teams like the Leafs will feast on them if they do.

Let’s Do This!™

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: (VAN +100/ TOR -120) courtesy of OddsShark.com

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SNP / SN 650 / 7:00 PM <——– Actually?

LINEUPS

One more back from the infirmary, Brandon Sutter should be in the lineup tonight. He’ll join Micheal Ferland and Jay Beagle as recent healthy bodies to the lineup. Add to that the recent impressive play of Josh Leivo and Antoine Roussel and there are some tough roster decisions to make.

Jacob Markstrom is back and should be the starter for the Canucks tonight. Welcome back Marky!

Canucks lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 74.3#36 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 75.4#37 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 72.2#75 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.95#24 FL1
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 74.6#33 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 77.7#17 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 75.7#20 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.01#6 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 72.1#77 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 71.6#134 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.1#76 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.94#16 FL3
Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.5#131 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 68.1#192 C

Micheal Ferland
MICHEAL FERLAND

Rating: 72.2#76 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.94#28 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 72.5#75 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.9#80 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.21#30 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 75.2#21 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.0#59 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.07#9 DL2
Oscar Fantenberg
OSCAR FANTENBERG

Rating: 72.4#80 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 72.0#79 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.18#20 DL3

 

All the big guns will be in the lineup this evening for the Leafs. Having John Tavares and Mitch Marner on your second line is a good problem to have. Vancouver has their hands full from the opening face-off.

Frederik Anderson is the starter for Toronto tonight.

Leafs lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Pontus Aberg
PONTUS ABERG

Rating: 71.6#87 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 79.6#9 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 74.7#29 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.30#16 FL1
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 72.9#63 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 79.0#13 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 77.6#19 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.46#3 FL2
Ilya Mikheyev
ILYA MIKHEYEV

Rating: 73.7#46 LW

Alexander Kerfoot
ALEXANDER KERFOOT

Rating: 71.4#140 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 73.2#50 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.80#8 FL3
Pierre Engvall
PIERRE ENGVALL

Rating: 73.7#43 LW

Jason Spezza
JASON SPEZZA

Rating: 71.2#143 C

Nic Petan
NIC PETAN

Rating: 71.1#96 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.02#4 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 75.9#11 LD

Tyson Barrie
TYSON BARRIE

Rating: 75.8#16 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.88#12 DL1
Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN

Rating: 74.9#26 LD

Justin Holl
JUSTIN HOLL

Rating: 73.1#54 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.97#11 DL2
Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 73.3#56 LD

Cody Ceci
CODY CECI

Rating: 71.7#87 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.48#14 DL3

 

GAME NOTES AND A STAT OR TWO

  • Auston Matthews scored a pair last game against the Blues but went goalless in his five previous. Elias Pettersson scores pretty much every other game so really, who’s the better player? Both players have four goals in their last 10 games. Even Steven. Or is it even Stephen?
  • The Leafs haven’t won in Vancouver since 2016 and before that was in 2003. Vancouver has outscored Toronto 41-25 in that time at Rogers Arena. Now, there were some pretty epic Canucks teams during that run and some really bad Leafs ones. Still, that’s a record you want against any team.
  • Quinn Hughes hasn’t scored since Nov 5 and that should concern everyone. He’s dominating the league in every game he plays but it’s the goals we all want so desperately. Tonight, Hughes will be showcased and for the select few Easterners that stay up ultra-late to catch this game, they’ll see what all the hype is about.
  • Antoine Roussel has scored in both games since returning to the lineup and they haven’t been donkeys either. Goals have been the Canucks saving grace this season and adding a guy that can not only score but dish out a physical game as well, is a welcome addition. Make it three in a row for the Rooster tonight.
  • Bo Horvat hasn’t scored in seven games. He’s not asked to score 30 quite yet but that feels like a longer time than it should be.

#CANUCKSTWITTER

You will literally LOL at the end

MY 94 CENTS

Once again:

AND ANOTHER THING…

This should silence the critics: