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Game Preview and Gamethread #72: Canucks vs Stars

March 25, 2023
- Westy

CANUCKS (32-34-5) at STARS (39-19-14)

7 p.m. ET; CITY, SNP, BSSW, ESPN+, SN NOW

The Canucks are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games

The Canucks are 16 points out of a playoff spot.

It's been another typical Canucks season of wild ups and downs. It's been so frustrating that even the eternal optimist John Garrett decided to quit. At least that's the way I will spin it today. The Canucks of the past 3 weeks have been a breath of fresh air after months of halitosis. Scoring lots of goals some games....winning games while only scoring 2 goals...a PK that actually kills penalties instead of being killed. Lord have mercy.

Tonight the Canucks go into Dallas, looking to win the season series and 5 in a row against the Stars. In fact, the Stars haven't beat Vancouver since the start of COVID. Dallas is still atop the Central but for some reason, they can't keep up with the Nucks. I don't get it either.

Rick Tocchet continues to look at all of the Canucks defenseman in these remaining games. So far Brisebois and Wolanin have played their way to new contracts, while OEL has been placed on injured reserve. Petey continues on his path to his 1st 100 point season. And NM waits for its full revival on the net.

Canucks projected lineup

Andrei Kuzmenko -- Elias Pettersson -- Anthony Beauvillier

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

Dakota Joshua -- Nils Aman -- Conor Garland

Vitali Kravtsov -- Sheldon Dries -- Vasily Podkolzin

Quinn Hughes -- Tyler Myers

Ethan Bear -- Kyle Burroughs

Guillaume Brisebois -- Filip Hronek

Thatcher Demko

Collin Delia

Scratched: Jack StudnickaAidan McDonoughJack Rathbone

Injured: Christian Wolanin (lower body), Noah Juulsen (lower body), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (ankle), Travis Dermott (undisclosed), Ilya Mikheyev (torn ACL), Tanner Pearson (hand), Tucker Poolman (upper body)

Stars projected lineup

Jason Robertson -- Roope Hintz -- Joe Pavelski

Jamie Benn -- Wyatt Johnston -- Evgenii Dadonov

Max Domi -- Tyler Seguin -- Ty Dellandrea

Joel Kiviranta -- Luke Glendening -- Fredrik Olofsson

Miro Heiskanen -- Colin Miller

Esa Lindell -- Jani Hakanpaa

Ryan Suter -- Nils Lundkvist

Jake Oettinger

Matt Murray

Scratched: Joel Hanley

Injured: Mason Marchment (lower body), Scott Wedgewood (undisclosed)

Game day chatter

Game Day Battle Hymn

I leave this Sam Roberts song, "Hard Road" for your enjoyment. Being a Canucks fan is always a hard road.

Go Canucks Go!

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