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Game Preview / Gamethread #48: Canucks vs Blues

January 24, 2024
- Westy

BLUES (23-20-2) at CANUCKS (32-11-4)

10 p.m. ET; SNP, BSMW

I hate to call the last game a snooze fest, but that's what it was. So much so that both Boeser and JT played less than 15 minutes. Pius Suter led the forwards in minutes with 17:10. When your team has a defensive system that is being played properly, the other team will still get shots, but the rebounds and dangerous zone shots will be reduced and you don't need to play the big guns.

That probably won't be the case tonight, as the Nucks face a team they haven't beaten in 2024. This is the final game between the Nucks and Blues this year, having split the first two games. The Blues played a very strong defensive game against the Canucks on Jan 4th as they won 2-1. The Blues didn't even let Miller or Petey have a shot that night, which led to the resurrection of the Lotto Line in the next game. Funny enough, the Lotto Line might disappear tonight after their lack of performance in the past couple games.

You would think that being first in the division at this point would bring some ease to my mind, but the next two games against lower teams are wins that are needed as other teams have also had some incredible runs to get back into the race.

I also want to state that I would like to see this team stand pat at the deadline. Let's see what this team turns into in the playoffs and then address those concerns before the draft. Trying to find a piece to at this point would be changing for the sake of changing.

Get ready for this tonight

Blues projected lineup

Pavel Buchnevich -- Robert Thomas -- Jordan Kyrou

Brandon Saad --Brayden Schenn -- Jake Neighbours

Alexey Toropchenko -- Kevin Hayes -- Nathan Walker

Nikita Alexandrov -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Sammy Blais

Nick Leddy -- Colton Parayko

Torey Krug -- Matthew Kessel

Marco Scandella -- Justin Faulk

Joel Hofer

Jordan Binnington

Scratched: Scott Perunovich, Adam Gaudette

Injured: Kasperi Kapanen (lower body)

Canucks projected lineup

Elias Pettersson -- J.T. Miller -- Brock Boeser

Ilya Mikheyev -- Pius Suter -- Andrei Kuzmenko

Dakota Joshua -- Teddy Blueger -- Conor Garland

Nils Hoglander -- Nils Aman -- Sam Lafferty

Quinn Hughes -- Filip Hronek

Nikita Zadorov -- Tyler Myers

Ian Cole -- Noah Juulsen

Casey DeSmith

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Linus Karlsson, Mark Friedman

Injured: Carson Soucy (hand), Phillip Di Giuseppe (lower body), Guillaume Brisebois (concussion)

Status report

The Blues did not hold a morning skate Wednesday following a 4-3 win at the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, but Hofer is expected to start after Binnington made 32 saves at Calgary in his third straight start. … DeSmith will start after Demko played four of the past five, including making 31 saves in a 2-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. … Canucks coach Rick Tocchet said he is considering breaking up his top line despite being 8-0-1 since they were put together for the first time this season, with Pettersson moving to center a second line. … Myers and Hronek swapped spots against Chicago, but were back in their usual positions, with Hronek alongside Hughes on the top defense pair, at practice Tuesday. -

Game Day Battle Hymn

There are open complaints about my musical choices.....that is your right. I openly complain about Kent's. Unfortunately for you, you have not asked to write for us and thereby you don't have the power to pick the songs! In the spirit of bugging people, I bring you a catchy diddy that my family hates when I play it loudly at 6 am. Enjoy!!!!...............or don't.

Go Canucks Go!


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