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Game Preview / Gamethread #51: Canucks vs Bruins

February 8, 2024
- Westy

CANUCKS (34-11-5) at BRUINS (31-10-9)


13 years is a long time to carry a grudge, but my back is strong. Games against Beantown are always circled on the calendar. Since the loss in the Stanley Cup final, the Canucks have gone 10-9-0 against the Bruins. While Vancouver went far down the well after the final, the Bruins have been consistently good and this year is no exception. 2nd in the league, 2 points behind the Canucks, the Bruins had the best record ever last year and then collapsed in the 1st round to Florida. Patrice Bergeron retired and after that some expected Boston to start making bigger changes. Instead coach Jim Montgomery kept his team focused on a strong two way game, much like the Canucks, which is quick to capitalize on other teams mistakes.

The Canucks should be ready to skate right off the bat today. The Bruins will definitely be ready to show they are the best in the league and Taco speaks to why.

While the Canucks fanbase remembers the pain of 2011, the team itself has no connection to it and maybe that's a good thing, as the players just see a really good team that they want to beat.

Canucks projected lineup

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

Ilya Mikheyev -- Elias Pettersson -- Elias Lindholm

Dakota Joshua -- Teddy Blueger -- Conor Garland

Nils Hoglander -- Nils Aman -- Sam Lafferty

Quinn Hughes -- Filip Hronek

Ian Cole -- Tyler Myers

Nikita Zadorov -- Noah Juulsen

Thatcher Demko

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Mark Friedman

Injured: Carson Soucy (hand), Phillip Di Giuseppe (undisclosed)

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Charlie Coyle -- Jake DeBrusk

James van Riemsdyk -- Pavel Zacha -- David Pastrnak

Danton Heinen -- Morgan Geekie -- Trent Frederic

Jakub Lauko -- Jesper Boqvist -- Oskar Steen

Matt Grzelcyk -- Charlie McAvoy

Hampus Lindholm -- Brandon Carlo

Derek Forbort -- Parker Wotherspoon

Linus Ullmark

Jeremy Swayman

Scratched: Kevin Shattenkirk

Injured: Matthew Poitras (shoulder surgery)

Status report

Demko will make his 12th start in 15 games. ... Di Giuseppe, a forward, participated in the Canucks morning skate Thursday but will miss his 14th straight game. ... Poitras, a center, is out the rest of the season following a shoulder open stabilization procedure Wednesday; the recovery time is expected to be five months. ... Wotherspoon will replace Shattenkirk on the third defense pair.

I have to wonder if the internet is causing the Tanev trade rumors or if it really is something management wants. I loved healthy Chris Tanev, but I am not sure if 34 year old Tanev brings more to the table than Zadorov at this point. Both have limited playoff experience over the past 5 years and neither is an offensive threat, but there is a part of me that believes Tanev blocks a shot and gets injured and that's it. Trying to land Tanev without getting rid of a starter right now would be cap impossible. And there are no draft picks available except 1st and 2nd rounders in 25 and 26. Is Tanev worth that? I don't think so.

Game Day Battle Hymn

Things are going pretty well for this team and messing with things don't always turn out "Lindholm", but it sure is fun going on this unexpected ride this year. I think the battle hymn fullfils the purpose of getting you revved up. Let's just go with it...

Go Canucks Go!


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