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COYOTES (33-40-5) at CANUCKS (48-22-8)

10:30 p.m. ET; SNP, SCRIPPS

Not to jump ahead of this game...but I will, the game against Edmonton on Saturday, will probably decide who gets 1st overall. Of course, if the Canucks lose tonight, then 2nd place looks more probable and a meeting against LA or Vegas. The Canucks cannot finish any lower than 2nd place.

The last game against Vegas was a roller coaster ride. The start was very typical of the the team over the past month, but then a small miracle occurred....the powerplay awoke! The double screen is a system I haven't seen the Canucks run on purpose before. The key to this system is that the bumper and low man have to get inside position on the defense so that if the puck hits the goalie, they can get the rebound. Fortunately, the two shots got through the Vegas goalie. The real question is how will the PP use this system and will they mix up the systems during the game to keep teams honest. The Canucks have a tendency to stick to only one system, which makes it easier to coach against.

Coach Taco speaks about Injuries, making sure they focus on tonight's game against Arizona, Miky trying to find his touch.

Brock talks about reaching 40 goals, the game against Vegas and conditioning

Coyotes projected lineup

Clayton Keller -- Nick Bjugstad -- Nick Schmaltz

Lawson Crouse -- Logan Cooley -- Dylan Guenther

Matias Maccelli -- Jack McBain -- Josh Doan

Liam O’Brien -- Alex Kerfoot -- Michael Carcone

J.J. Moser -- Sean Durzi

Juuso Valimaki -- Michael Kesselring

Maksymilian Szuber -- Josh Brown

Connor Ingram

Karel Vejmelka

Scratched: Jan Jenik

Injured: Barrett Hayton (lower body), Travis Dermott (upper body)

Canucks projected lineup

Nils Hoglander -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Dakota Joshua -- J.T. Miller -- Conor Garland

Ilya Mikheyev -- Elias Lindholm -- Sam Lafferty

Pius Suter -- Teddy Blueger -- Phillip Di Giuseppe

Quinn Hughes -- Filip Hronek

Carson Soucy -- Tyler Myers

Ian Cole -- Nikita Zadorov

Arturs Silovs

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Mark Friedman, Nils Aman, Noah Juulsen, Vasily Podkolzin

Injured: Thatcher Demko (lower body)

Status report

The Coyotes did not hold a morning skate Wednesday following a 5-0 loss at the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday. ... Ingram is expected to start after Vejmelka made 20 saves at Seattle; the goalies have alternated starts the past 14 games. ... Lindholm is likely to return after missing seven games with a wrist injury; Canucks coach Rick Tocchet said he still had to talk to the center after he participated in an optional morning skate Wednesday. ... Podkolzin appears to be the forward who would come out of the lineup; it would be his first healthy scratch in 17 games. … Silovs will make his fourth start in six games after DeSmith started the first seven following the injury to Demko, who returned to practice for the first time Tuesday; Demko took part in the optional skate Wednesday but there is no timeline for the goalie's return.

Game Day Battle Hymn

Let's go back in time...get your foot ready for toe tapping.

Go Canucks Go!

STARS (45-19-9) at CANUCKS (45-19-8)

10 p.m. ET; SNP, BSSW

The Vancouver Canucks will clinch a playoff berth:

If they defeat the Stars in any fashion.

OR

If they get one point against the Stars AND the Blues lose to the Flames in any fashion.

OR

If the Wild lose to the Sharks in any fashion AND the Blues lose to the Flames in regulation.

So.....just win would be the simplest way to do it.

Thatcher Demko going on LTIR until Apr 6th, means that Bains can come back up and that Silvos will get a start next week in one of the back to back games. Oh...and there is capspace for this guy to return.

It's funny, but this team missed Dakota and not in a tough guy kind of way. They missed his speed, his fore-checking, his hitting and his hands around the net. At the start of the year, I would have pegged Joshua as a guy who reminds other teams not to touch certain players. But this team hasn't really needed it, even when he has been injured. That says a lot about the toughness that this team has showed to their opponents. The Canucks are 6th in the league in hits and have drawn 17 more penalties than they have taken. The team has been better at taking less penalties during this home stretch and the PK is at 88%.

Coach Taco is getting this team prepared for the playoffs by not thinking about the playoffs too much. Working on scenarios, seems to be the mantra at practice so there are no areas that players are not familiar with. Taco is looking forward to getting Joshua back in the lineup, but realizes that Bains may get a game in or two, while Dakota gets his head back into the game.

The Canucks and the Stars have been the two stingiest teams when it comes to shots against since March 9th. (Van 22.4 vs Dal 24.8) Playoff systems are being used to cut down on easy breakouts and reducing odd-man rushes. Similarities don't end there, as both teams have had a great PK and meh PP. The Stars won the last meeting against the Canucks in O/T after the Canucks had won the previous 7 games. Quinn Hughes excitedly talks about tonight's matchup.....excitedly.

Stars projected lineup

Jason Robertson -- Roope Hintz -- Joe Pavelski

Mason Marchment -- Matt Duchene -- Tyler Seguin

Jamie Benn -- Wyatt Johnston -- Logan Stankoven

Sam Steel -- Radek Faksa -- Craig Smith

Thomas Harley -- Miro Heiskanen

Esa Lindell -- Chris Tanev

Ryan Suter -- Nils Lundkvist

Jake Oettinger

Scott Wedgewood

Scratched: Ty Dellandrea

Injured: Evgenii Dadonov (lower-body fracture), Jani Hakanpaa (lower body)

Canucks projected lineup

Nils Hoglander -- Elias Pettersson -- Conor Garland

Dakota Joshua -- J.T. Miller -- Brock Boeser

Ilya Mikheyev -- Teddy Blueger -- Sam Lafferty

Vasily Podkolzin -- Pius Suter -- Arshdeep Bains

Quinn Hughes -- Filip Hronek

Carson Soucy -- Tyler Myers

Nikita Zadorov -- Ian Cole

Casey DeSmith

Arturs Silovs

Scratched: Mark Friedman, Phillip Di Giuseppe, Noah Juulsen, Nils Aman

Injured: Thatcher Demko (lower body), Elias Lindholm (undisclosed)

Status report

Oettinger will make his 11th start in 14 games. ... Seguin will return after taking a rest day for a 6-3 win at the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, replacing Dellandrea, a forward. … Joshua returns after missing 18 games with a hand injury. ... The Canucks return to their usual defense pairs after splitting Hughes and Hronek in a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. ... Bains was recalled from Abbotsford of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. ... DeSmith is expected to start for the seventh straight game. - NHL.com

Game Day Battle Hymn

Sometimes we just need a catchy little diddy to get the day moving. some will say this group is overplayed or over-hyped, but if you just put on the headphones and listen to the music....everything is good.

Go Canucks Go!

CANADIENS (25-31-12) at CANUCKS (43-18-8)

10 p.m. ET; RDS, TSN2, SNP

In the first half of the season, the Canucks didn't really have too many 1 goal games and I mentioned this a few times. I wondered if this team would be able to handle the pressure of those games. Well, the Canucks have been in 5 one-goal games this month so far and have won 3 of them. That last game against Buffalo was a cheat though, as the Sabres should have never got that 2nd goal. Playing with leads in the third was a strength in the first half of the year, but now I am a little less confident. The Nucks are 2-1-1 so far on this home stand as they face the Canadiens tonight. The Habs have lost 3 in a row, including the last two in Alberta.

The new first line of Petey/Hogs/Garland did the job last game as Petey had two and Garland had one. The 2nd line with Suter, still boggles the shit of of me. Suter had some chance on the PP and on the regular line, but he is not the guy you want finishing. Brock and JT did the grunt work to get him a chance and he couldn't score. Podz might be better suited for that role.

Canadiens projected lineup

Cole Caufield -- Nick Suzuki -- Juraj Slafkovsky

Tanner Pearson -- Alex Newhook -- Joel Armia

Brendan Gallagher -- Jake Evans -- Josh Anderson

Michael Pezzetta -- Colin White -- Rafael Harvey-Pinard

Michael Matheson -- Kaiden Guhle

Arber Xhekaj -- David Savard

Jordan Harris -- Johnathan Kovacevic

Sam Montembeault

Cayden Primeau

Scratched: Jayden Struble, Jesse Ylonen

Injured: Joshua Roy (upper body)

Canucks projected lineup

Pius Suter -- J.T. Miller -- Brock Boeser

Nils Hoglander -- Elias Pettersson -- Conor Garland

Ilya Mikheyev -- Elias Lindholm -- Sam Lafferty

Nils Aman -- Teddy Blueger -- Vasily Podkolzin

Quinn Hughes -- Filip Hronek

Carson Soucy -- Tyler Myers

Nikita Zadorov -- Noah Juulsen

Casey DeSmith

Arturs Silovs

Scratched: Mark Friedman, Phillip Di Giuseppe, Ian Cole

Injured: Thatcher Demko (lower body), Dakota Joshua (upper body)

Status report

Roy, a forward, was sent back to Montreal and is out indefinitely after he blocked an Evan Bouchard slap shot with his right hand during a 3-2 overtime loss at the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. Pearson, a forward who was a healthy scratch for the first time this season in Edmonton, returns to the lineup in his place. … Juulsen returns after being a healthy scratch for two games. He replaces Cole, who is "a little banged up," Canucks coach Rick Tocchet said. Juulsen could have played "if push came to shove" but Tocchet wanted to get the 35-year-old defenseman some rest. -nhl.com

Game Day Battle Hymn

We need a team that gets some confidence by scoring a ton of goals....we need a flood of goals.

Go Canucks Go!

CAPITALS (31-25-9) at CANUCKS (42-17-8)

10 p.m. ET; SN1, CITY, SNP, MNMT2

I think we as a group let out our frustration over the last game over in the recap for the Avs game. This team has lessons to learn about holding a lead against great teams. Keeping composure and continuing to skate hard in the third. Taking penalties continues to be an issue. When you keep your feet moving, there shouldn't be slashing and hooking penalties as you're not chasing the opponent. We have two Swedes who continue to perplex us. Petey is all in some games and has disappeared in other games. I am not sure what has happened this year...maybe teams are just better prepared for him, which means he has to find better ways to get open. He is a player that won't outskate anyone. Lindholm is an interesting case. I think we all thought that Lindholm would come in and be put on a top 2 line and provides playmaking abilities for Miller or Petey. Instead, he has been asked to be the third center this team has needed and try and get a third line scoring. I am not sure he has been put in that position before. For other teams he has been on the top 2 lines, which had more skilled players to feed off of and he exceled. Here, he has been on a shutdown line sometimes or put out with grinders who might not have the skill set to be where he expects them to be. It has been interesting to watch. I wonder what happens when Joshua comes back. You would have to think that Teddy/Garland/Joshua has to be reunited before the playoffs. Would that mean that Lindholm replaces Suter in the top 6 (Pius shouldn't there) and Miller's line has 2 centers?

Tonight the Canucks face an average team in the Washington Capitals. The Caps can't seem to score a lot of goals, but are only 5 points out of third in their division. Ovie is not the team leader in points or goals and this year seems to be the wall he needs to get around if he is to have any shot at Gretzky's goal record. The Caps are 4-3 in the month of March and are coming off a 2-1 win in Seattle on Thursday.

Conor Garland and Filip Hronek had some words with each other at practice.....encouraging each other to play better and you hope that the frustration leads to better play.

One of the good thing about playing better teams late in the schedule, is that you get to see what you are weak in and having practice time before the playoffs get players to focus. The schedule maker has fucked us throughout the year until now. The Nucks will get several spans of 2 days off between games, which gives players rest and practice time. The Nucks only have one more back to back and it's in April.

Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Connor McMichael -- T.J. Oshie

Ivan Miroshnichenko -- Dylan Strome -- Tom Wilson

Max Pacioretty -- Hendrix Lapierre -- Sonny Milano

Beck Malenstyn -- Nic Dowd -- Aliaksei Protas

Martin Fehervary -- John Carlson

Rasmus Sandin -- Nick Jensen

Trevor van Riemsdyk -- Alexander Alexeyev

Charlie Lindgren

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Michael Sgarbossa, Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Injured: Ethan Bear (illness)

Canucks projected lineup

Ilya Mikheyev -- J.T. Miller -- Brock Boeser

Nils Hoglander -- Elias Pettersson -- Pius Suter

Vasily Podkolzin -- Elias Lindholm -- Conor Garland

Phillip Di Giuseppe -- Teddy Blueger -- Sam Lafferty

Quinn Hughes -- Filip Hronek

Carson Soucy -- Tyler Myers

Ian Cole -- Nikita Zadorov

Casey DeSmith

Arturs Silovs

Scratched: Mark Friedman, Nils Aman, Noah Juulsen

Injured: Thatcher Demko (lower body), Dakota Joshua (upper body)

Status report

Oshie will be a game-time decision after leaving the Capitals morning skate early Saturday because of an upper-body injury; Oshie's next game will be his 1,000th in the NHL. ... Aube-Kubel, a forward, took Oshie's spot during the skate. ... Bear, a defenseman, will miss his second straight game. ... Lindgren is expected to start for the eighth time in nine games. … The Canucks did not conduct a morning skate Saturday but Myers is expected to return after missing five games with a lower-body injury and will play on a pair with Soucy, who moves back to his natural left side. ... DeSmith will make his second straight start. - nhl.com

Game Day Battle Hymn

Special request by Twitch I believe. This better work or else John Tesh for the rest of the year.

I jest

Go Canucks Go!

DATELINE: NOON PACIFIC MARCH 10, 2024


Trader JR and Trader PA have shocked us once again.

If this was January.

Zav and Lindy are Canucks!

Soucy traded from BC Ferries!

Pete re-signed for 8 years!

That's it.

As the clock ticked down to noon on Davies, the Nucks crazy traders were already at home watching the league madmen overspend for dubious gains.

Are JR/PA and Taco confident in this roster?

Seems like.

What about NM? Let's find out.

IS THIS THE BESTEST, SMARTEST NUCKING TDL EVER?

BREAKING UPDATE:

Toffee coming to the ROG for Saturday's game! In a Jets jersey.

CANUCKS (40-17-7) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (33-22-7)

10 p.m. ET; SCRIPPS, SNP

The Canucks come to the end of the mini roadtrip with an opportunity to quietly win them all. And those wins are greatly needed as the Oilers continue to explode up the standings. The Canucks are 9 points ahead of the Oil but Edmonton have 4 games in hand. The trade deadline is fast approaching and the teams in the division are loading up. The Golden Knights pulled the trigger on getting Noah Hanifin to shore up their defense as Alec Martinez is on injured reserve. The Canucks deadline acquisition, Elias Lindholm, has not produced as expected, so his name seems to be back in the trade circles, which is a weird situation. On one hand, if he is not producing then he is expendable with that contract, but on the other hand, he has not had a lot of time to find a line to click with.

As we get closer to the playoffs and possible matchups, the Canucks/Vegas matchup is a very real possibility as a #1/WC1 or if the Canucks falter down the stretch, a #2 vs #3 matchup. I am not happy with this as the Canucks do not match well against this team. Vegas skates well and pushes the puck up quickly. Their defense is mobile and is willing to jump up in the offensive zone. Vegas has a decent PP and good PK. The Canucks need to find a way to get better chances on the PP when the other team applies a pressure strategy.

Canucks projected lineup

Ilya Mikheyev -- J.T. Miller -- Brock Boeser

Nils Hoglander -- Elias Pettersson -- Pius Suter

Vasily Podkolzin -- Elias Lindholm -- Conor Garland

Phillip Di Giuseppe -- Teddy Blueger -- Sam Lafferty

Quinn Hughes -- Filip Hronek

Carson Soucy -- Ian Cole

Nikita Zadorov -- Noah Juulsen

Thatcher Demko

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Mark Friedman

Injured: Tyler Myers (lower body), Dakota Joshua (upper body)

Golden Knights projected lineup

Ivan Barbashev -- Jack Eichel -- Jonathan Marchessault

Chandler Stephenson -- William Karlsson -- Anthony Mantha

Paul Cotter -- Nicolas Roy -- Michael Amadio

Mason Morelli -- Byron Froese -- Keegan Kolesar

Noah Hanifin -- Alex Pietrangelo

Brayden McNabb -- Shea Theodore

Nicolas Hague -- Zach Whitecloud

Adin Hill

Logan Thompson

Scratched: Ben Hutton, Tobias Bjornfot

Injured: William Carrier (upper body), Pavel Dorofeyev (upper body), Brett Howden (upper body), Alec Martinez (lower body), Mark Stone (upper body)

Status report

Podkolzin was recalled from Abbotsford of the American Hockey League on Thursday. … Mantha and Hanifin each will make his Golden Knights debut after being acquired in trades, Mantha from the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, Hanifin from the Calgary Flames in a three-team deal Wednesday. ~ NHL.com

Game Day Battle Hymn.

Playing a team in Vegas gets us a band from Vegas....The Killers. And I am going to hope that the hockey gods can read my mind and get the Canucks a win against this team. Confidence is something that is hard to create and it's easy to destroy.

Go Canucks Go!

CANUCKS (38-17-7) at DUCKS (22-35-3)

8 p.m. ET; BSSD, BSSC

Let's start with the Coach

With the injury faeries feasting on this team, the Nucks have called up Podz and Matt Irwin. The hodge-podge lineup will face a Ducks lineup that is young and struggling to get an identity. The Ducks have no shot at the playoffs but there is nothing they would like more than to beat the division leader. And if we're being honest, they have a shot tonight, as the Canucks have been struggling for a few weeks now. Special teams, 5 vs 5, penalties, 200 foot game...so many areas that have cracks in them.

Is this the time of year to go through this? Maybe. Get all the injuries out of the way, get some games in as a complete team and hope that it gels in time for the first round. We have to keep in mind that this team can't afford to lose a bunch of games because one, their confidence would be low going in and two, playing Vegas or Edm in the first round, well.....no thank you.

So tonight's game is a must-win if this team wants to hold off an Edmonton team that is really feeling it right now. This 3 game road trip is also a 4 game in 7 nights scenario for the Nucks. Lots of division opponents followed by the Jets next Saturday. It will be interesting to see what Petey we get tonight after signing that contract. Petey has 19 points in 15 games against the Ducks in his career. J.T. Miller is also a guy with a point a game against the Ducks in his career.

Canucks projected lineup

Nils Hoglander -- Elias Pettersson -- Pius Suter

Vasily Podkolzin -- J.T. Miller -- Brock Boeser

Ilya Mikheyev -- Elias Lindholm -- Conor Garland

Nils Aman - Teddy Blueger -- Sam Lafferty

Quinn Hughes -- Filip Hronek

Nikita Zadorov -- Noah Juulsen

Ian Cole -- Mark Friedman

Casey DeSmith

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Arshdeep Bains, Matt Irwin, Phillip Di Giuseppe

Injured: Dakota Joshua (upper body), Carson Soucy (hand), Tyler Myers (lower body)

Ducks projected lineup

Max Jones -- Adam Henrique -- Alex Killorn

Frank Vatrano -- Ryan Strome -- Troy Terry

Isac Lundestrom -- Bo Groulx -- Jakob Silfverberg

Ross Johnston -- Sam Carrick -- Brett Leason

Pavel Mintyukov -- Radko Gudas

Urho Vaakanainen -- Olen Zellweger

Jackson LaCombe -- Gustav Lindstrom

John Gibson

Lukas Dostal

Scratched: None

Injured: Trevor Zegras (broken ankle), Brock McGinn (upper body), Leo Carlsson (upper body), Mason McTavish (lower body), Cam Fowler (facial laceration)

Status report

Neither team held a morning skate. .... Myers, a defenseman, was injured in a 5-1 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Thursday and is week to week. Friedman will enter the lineup after being a healthy scratch the past eight games. .... Soucy, a defenseman, went through a full practice Saturday in Vancouver and joined the Canucks on the three-game trip, but said it's unlikely he'll return against the Ducks. Soucy was injured when he blocked a shot during a 6-4 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 20. ... Joshua, a forward, is not on the road trip. ... DeSmith is anticipated to start after Demko started five straight games for the first time this season. ... Podkolzin, a forward, and Irwin, a defenseman, were recalled from Abbotsford of the American Hockey League on Saturday. Neither has played an NHL game this season. ... The Ducks did not practice on Saturday following their 4-3 win against the visiting New Jersey Devils on Friday and there's been no update on Carlsson and McTavish, both forwards, and Fowler, a defenseman. McTavish was injured in the first period against the Devils, and Ducks coach Greg Cronin did not provide an update after the game. Carlsson was injured in the third period of a 6-4 win at the San Jose Sharks on Thursday and is day to day. Fowler was struck in the face with a slap shot in the first period against the Sharks and is also day to day. - NHL.com

Game Day Battle Hymn

This team has been struggling so I won't be so confident to throw John Tesh back out there, but there must be a change in theme to break this inconsistency. A song to pump you up....by my standards...which would drive Kent crazy.

BRUINS (34-12-2) at CANUCKS (37-16-6)

7 p.m. ET; CITY, SNP, NESN

"Right now, we're a little bit slow." ~ Elias Lindholm

"You’ve got to deal with the pressure." ~ Coach Taco

Every player will go through a slump and sometimes multiple players go into a slump which leads to a team going into a slump. Slumps don't necessary have to be offensive ones, as players could be missing defensive assignments or taking too many penalties. 82 games is a long season and so it shouldn't be a surprise to see this team hit this brick wall.

Recently, I have been firing shots at Petey for his performance. I am not the only one and surprisingly, Thomas Drance was playing the role of bodyguard for Petey:

The wonderful things about stats is that I too can cherry-pick them. In 6 games against Colorado, Boston, Winnipeg and Vegas, Petey has 0 points and is -8. Each one of those has been a "big" game. To cherry-pick again, during this 4 game losing streak, Petey has 1 point and is -5. This team absolutely needs Petey to get going again. I will say this, for the most part, Petey has been better against teams that he has faced more than once as he must study what they do against him and he adjusts.

So let's hope Petey has been siting in front of screen to see how to break through against Boston. The Canucks have faired pretty well against Boston over the past 5 years, with last year being the only time the Canucks lost.

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Charlie Coyle -- Danton Heinen

Jake Debrusk -- Pavel Zacha -- David Pastrnak

James Van Riemsdyk -- Morgan Geekie -- Anthony Richard

Trent Frederic -- Jesper Boqvist -- Justin Brazeau

Parker Wotherspoon -- Charlie McAvoy

Mason Lohrei -- Brandon Carlo

Derek Forbort -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Jeremy Swayman

Linus Ullmark

Scratched: Oskar Steen, Ian Mitchell

Injured: Jakub Lauko (upper body), Hampus Lindholm (undisclosed), Matt Grzelcyk (lower body)

Canucks projected lineup

Arshdeep Bains -- J.T. Miller -- Brock Boeser

Nils Hoglander -- Elias Lindholm -- Elias Pettersson

Pius Suter -- Teddy Blueger -- Conor Garland

Ilya Mikheyev -- Nils Aman -- Sam Lafferty

Quinn Hughes -- Filip Hronek

Ian Cole -- Tyler Myers

Nikita Zadorov -- Noah Juulsen

Thatcher Demko

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Mark Friedman, Phillip Di Giuseppe

Injured: Dakota Joshua (upper body), Carson Soucy (hand)

Status report

The Bruins did not hold a morning skate Saturday. ... Mitchell, a defenseman, was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League on Thursday. … Grzelcyk is day to day after being injured on his first shift during a 6-5 overtime loss at the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday; the defenseman took part in the morning skate but did not play in a 3-2 overtime loss at the Calgary Flames on Thursday. ... Di Giuseppe, a forward, took part in an optional practice Friday after missing a 5-2 loss at the Seattle Kraken on Thursday for personal reasons, and could replace Lafferty or Mikheyev in the lineup. ~ NHL.COM

Game Day Battle Hymn

Shout out to our guy Kent, as he recovers from his surgery. Devil music for you my friend.

Go Canucks Go!

CANUCKS (37-14-6) at AVALANCHE (34-18-4)

9 p.m. ET; ALT, SNP

Debacle: Defn: a sudden and ignominous failure; a fiasco.

I hope the training staff was able to apply the ointment to all the burns the Canucks got yesterday. Bad calls...bad penalties....bad defense, that's a lot of fires that this coaching staff has to put out before tonight's game against a better team than they faced yesterday. If I was Taco, I would have told the players to stay in uniform and get the fuck on the plane.

Now the question I have is, how fast can the team erase all memory of that game and play to the level of the Avs. Maybe the quick turnaround is the best thing as the team won't have to deal with the media asking the same questions over and over.....and over

So JT wanted to say that penalties are dumb and he wishes that the refs would just stop calling them...or maybe his teammates would stop doing bad things.

So after a terrible game, the Canucks get to face a team that is another measuring stick. The Avs have lots of fire power and a defense that can be very stingy. I wonder what team shows up for the Canucks tonight?

Canucks projected lineup

Nils Hoglander -- Elias Lindholm -- Elias Pettersson

Pius Suter -- J.T. Miller -- Brock Boeser

Ilya Mikheyev -- Teddy Blueger -- Conor Garland

Arshdeep Bains -- Nils Aman -- Sam Lafferty

Quinn Hughes -- Filip Hronek

Ian Cole -- Tyler Myers

Nikita Zadorov -- Noah Juulsen

Thatcher Demko

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Phillip Di Giuseppe, Mark Friedman

Injured: Dakota Joshua (upper body), Carson Soucy (hand)

Avalanche projected lineup

Jonathan Drouin -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen

Miles Wood -- Ross Colton -- Artturi Lehkonen

Zach Parise -- Ryan Johansen -- Joel Kiviranta

Fredrik Olofsson -- Chris Wagner -- Andrew Cogliano

Devon Toews -- Cale Makar

Samuel Girard -- Josh Manson

Jack Johnson -- Bowen Byram

Alexandar Georgiev

Justus Annunen

Scratched: Caleb Jones, Kurtis MacDermid

Injured: Logan O’Connor (lower body)

Status report

Canucks coach Rick Tocchet said it’s possible Bains makes his NHL debut. The 23-year-old had 39 points (nine goals, 30 assists) in 42 games for Abbotsford of the American Hockey League. … O’Connor, a forward, will miss his fourth straight game with a lower-body injury. - NHL.COM

Game Day Battle Hymn

I guess we have to back a few decades in musical history to try and find a beat that can change this run of bad luck. We could also use a few players to step up and follow David's advice.

Go Coconuts Go!

RED WINGS (27-19-6) at CANUCKS (36-12-6)

10 p.m. ET; TVAS, SNP, BSDET

Didn't we just play these guys? Gotta love the schedule maker and their sense of humor. But as they say, revenge is a dish best served cold...and quickly. I added the last part. Giving up an early goal and then blowing a 2 goal lead to the Wings should be a motivator tonight. The possible addition of Flying Phil Kessel should also be motivation to the bottom line. There has been lots of discussion as to what Phil brings to the table besides Stanley Cup experience. Would you trust him to play top 6 minutes? Would you trust him on the fourth line to grind it out? He definitely is not going on the third line....you don't mess with that line. I'm not sure you need to sign a guy just to have him for practices.

No Joshua tonight so Aman is back into the lineup and Miky might get a goal with the mythical third line.

Red Wings projected lineup

Alex Debrincat -- Dylan Larkin -- Lucas Raymond

David Perron -- J.T. Compher -- Patrick Kane

Michael Rasmussen -- Andrew Copp -- Christian Fischer

Klim Kostin -- Joe Veleno -- Daniel Sprong

Jake Walman -- Moritz Seider

Ben Chiarot -- Jeff Petry

Olli Maatta -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Alex Lyon

James Reimer

Scratched: Robby Fabbri, Justin Holl

Injured: Ville Husso (lower body)

Canucks projected lineup

Pius Suter -- J.T. Miller -- Brock Boeser

Nils Hoglander -- Elias Lindholm -- Elias Pettersson

Ilya Mikheyev -- Teddy Blueger -- Conor Garland

Phillip Di Giuseppe -- Nils Aman -- Sam Lafferty

Quinn Hughes -- Filip Hronek

Nikita Zadorov -- Tyler Myers

Ian Cole -- Noah Juulsen

Thatcher Demko

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Jett Woo, Mark Friedman

Injured: Dakota Joshua (upper body), Carson Soucy (hand)

Status report

Husso, a goalie, is week to week after leaving at 8:48 of the first period during an 8-4 loss at the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. … Fabbri, a forward, remains away from the team after the birth of his first child on Wednesday but is expected to rejoin the Red Wings in time to play at the Calgary Flames on Saturday. … Joshua, a forward, will not play after being injured in a fight in the third period of a 4-2 win at the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday; coach Rick Tocchet said the extent of the injury and timeline wouldn't be known until after a meeting with doctors later Thursday. … Zadorov returns after serving a two-game suspension for a high hit on Raymond during a 4-3 overtime loss at Detroit on Saturday. ... Demko will make his 15th start in 19 games.

Game Day Battle Hymn

Good beat....gets the blood pumping....toes tapping....maybe has a message. ELO might have some of things with this song.

A loss would bring me down....so, Canucks, don't do that.

Go Canucks Go!

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