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Game Preview / Gamethread #25: Canucks vs Flames

December 2, 2023
- Westy

CANUCKS (15-8-1) at FLAMES (10-10-3)

10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, CITY

There are many stories to cover with this game.

Story 1.

The obvious is Zadorov playing his first game the Nucks against his last team. I would say that tonight would be a good time to endear yourself to your new team by hitting the shit out of the Flames. Zadorov is also playing for his next contract....which I doubt is with Vancouver. Nikita knew he wasn't going to get big numbers playing with the Flames this year. He saw what Petey and Hronek have put up so far...heck, Tyler Myers has 11 points so far this year. Nikita wants points and the Canucks need defense. Quite a pair.


The second story is one of my own:

Well, Taco won't reach Willie D's level of success, but he has done a great job so far. Now he needs to do something that all these coaches had trouble with.....find a system that creates wins while the injury faeries feast on the players at certain times. He has the help of his GM, who seems willing to make trades this year to get this team to the playoffs.

The third story is Petey

I demand Petey gets going. I don't have any power over this...but dammit!......I demand it.

Please...pretty please....come on Petey. We all love you....start scoring.

Canucks projected lineup

Ilya Mikheyev -- Elias Pettersson -- Andrei Kuzmenko

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

Dakota Joshua -- Teddy Blueger -- Conor Garland

Nils Hoglander -- Nils Aman -- Sam Lafferty

Quinn Hughes -- Filip Hronek

Nikita Zadorov -- Tyler Myers

Ian Cole -- Noah Juulsen

Thatcher Demko

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Linus Karlsson, Mark Friedman

Injured: Pius Suter (lower body), Carson Soucy (foot), Guillaume Brisebois (concussion)

Flames projected lineup

Andrew Mangiapane -- Elias Lindholm – Yegor Sharangovich

Connor Zary -- Nazem Kadri -- Martin Pospisil

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Mikael Backlund -- Blake Coleman

A.J. Greer -- Adam Ruzicka -- Dillon Dube

MacKenzie Weegar -- Rasmus Andersson

Noah Hanifin -- Chris Tanev

Dennis Gilbert -- Jordan Oesterle

Jacob Markstrom

Dan Vladar

Scratched: Walker Duehr, Ilya Solovyov

Injured: Jakob Pelletier (shoulder), Kevin Rooney (shoulder)

Status report

Demko is expected to start for the seventh time in eight games. ... Zadorov, traded to the Canucks by the Flames for two draft picks Thursday, will make his Vancouver debut. ... Markstrom will make his seventh start in 10 games. -NHL.COM

Game Day Battle Hymn

This video seems to have quite a few guys that can play the guitar somewhat reasonably....and their is a short guy in a hat and high heels that tells them to hold his beer, and proceeds to rip shit up with a guitar solo that makes my hand hurt just watching it.

Time for the Canucks to wake up.

Go Coconuts Go!

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