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Game Day Preview & Game Thread #81: Apr 11, 2023- Canucks @ Anaheim

April 11, 2023
- Kent Basky

The Canucks head to Orange County after getting shutout by a bunch of Tron cosplayers in LA last night, can they drop another one and stay in the bottom 10 and retain a shot at winning the draft lottery, no matter how small?

VANCOUVER CANUCKS (36-37-7) vs ANAHEIM DUCKS (23-45-12)

7:00 PM PST

HONDA CENTER, ANAHEIM, CA

TV: SN PACIFIC. RADIO: SN650

Well, I would call that an uninspired effort, but that wouldn't be entirely accurate. The Kings tried to send a message to the Canucks last night, and at best it seemed ill-advised, as Sean Durzi probably regretted trying to fight Sheldon Dries after a clean hit and got a face full of fist for his trouble. Later, Adrian Kempe asked J.T. Miller twice to drop the gloves, and Miller obliged the second time. Much like Durzi in his tilt with Dries, got more than he bargained for with a smaller opponent, as Miller landed a number of shots in the scrap. Something something moral victories, right?

I thought it was interesting that the Canucks started Collin Delia last night, with Thatcher Demko getting the easier opponent tonight in Anaheim. As the season winds down, it seems that two things that were a constant all year long: the Canucks high-powered offence and a top 10 power play, are coming to a sputtering halt. It may do wonders for those faint draft lottery hopes, but it's certainly not doing anything to make these remaining games remotely watchable. I mean, if you caught that Canada/USA game from the Women's Worlds last night, it was more entertaining a mile. Perhaps that's not a fair comparison, but still, all we really want is just not to be bored to death on top of the ceaseless misery that accompanies Canucks fandom.

LINEUPS

From the ol' nhl.com thingy, this is what these teams will probably throw out on the ice tonight:

Canucks projected lineup

Andrei Kuzmenko -- Elias Pettersson -- Vitali Kravtsov

Phillip Di Giuseppe -- J.T. Miller -- Brock Boeser

Anthony Beauvillier -- Sheldon Dries -- Conor Garland

Dakota Joshua -- Nils Aman -- Aidan McDonough

Quinn Hughes -- Kyle Burroughs

Akito Hirose -- Tyler Myers

Ethan Bear -- Cole McWard

Thatcher Demko

Collin Delia

Scratched: Jack Studnicka

Injured: Filip Hronek (shoulder), Vasily Podkolzin (hand), Christian Wolanin (lower body), Travis Dermott (undisclosed).

Ducks projected lineup

Frank Vatrano -- Trevor Zegras -- Ryan Strome

Adam Henrique -- Mason McTavish -- Troy Terry

Max Jones -- Isac Lundestrom -- Jakob Silfverberg

Benoit-Olivier Groulx -- Derek Grant -- Nikita Nesterenko

Cam Fowler -- Drew Helleson

Jackson LaCombe -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Simon Benoit -- Nathan Beaulieu

Lukas Dostal

John Gibson

Scratched: Sam Carrick, Brett Leason, Jayson Megna, Colton White

Injured: Scott Harrington (upper body), Brock McGinn (upper body), Max Comtois (upper body)

Just a couple changes from last night, as Aidan McDonough gets back in, and Thatcher Demko gets the start.

GAME DAY CHATTER

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

Some local metal for you today. From their album 'From Hell With Hate', it's one of Canada's thrash pioneers AGGRESSION and 'Return Of The Frozen Aggressor'.

Enjoy the game, everyone. Go Canucks Go, I guess?

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