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Game Preview / Gamethread #58: Canucks vs Avs

February 20, 2024
- Westy

CANUCKS (37-14-6) at AVALANCHE (34-18-4)

9 p.m. ET; ALT, SNP

Debacle: Defn: a sudden and ignominous failure; a fiasco.

I hope the training staff was able to apply the ointment to all the burns the Canucks got yesterday. Bad calls...bad penalties....bad defense, that's a lot of fires that this coaching staff has to put out before tonight's game against a better team than they faced yesterday. If I was Taco, I would have told the players to stay in uniform and get the fuck on the plane.

Now the question I have is, how fast can the team erase all memory of that game and play to the level of the Avs. Maybe the quick turnaround is the best thing as the team won't have to deal with the media asking the same questions over and over.....and over

So JT wanted to say that penalties are dumb and he wishes that the refs would just stop calling them...or maybe his teammates would stop doing bad things.

So after a terrible game, the Canucks get to face a team that is another measuring stick. The Avs have lots of fire power and a defense that can be very stingy. I wonder what team shows up for the Canucks tonight?

Canucks projected lineup

Nils Hoglander -- Elias Lindholm -- Elias Pettersson

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

Ilya Mikheyev -- Teddy Blueger -- Conor Garland

Arshdeep Bains -- Nils Aman -- Sam Lafferty

Quinn Hughes -- Filip Hronek

Ian Cole -- Tyler Myers

Nikita Zadorov -- Noah Juulsen

Thatcher Demko

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Phillip Di Giuseppe, Mark Friedman

Injured: Dakota Joshua (upper body), Carson Soucy (hand)

Avalanche projected lineup

Jonathan Drouin -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen

Miles Wood -- Ross Colton -- Artturi Lehkonen

Zach Parise -- Ryan Johansen -- Joel Kiviranta

Fredrik Olofsson -- Chris Wagner -- Andrew Cogliano

Devon Toews -- Cale Makar

Samuel Girard -- Josh Manson

Jack Johnson -- Bowen Byram

Alexandar Georgiev

Justus Annunen

Scratched: Caleb Jones, Kurtis MacDermid

Injured: Logan O’Connor (lower body)

Status report

Canucks coach Rick Tocchet said it’s possible Bains makes his NHL debut. The 23-year-old had 39 points (nine goals, 30 assists) in 42 games for Abbotsford of the American Hockey League. … O’Connor, a forward, will miss his fourth straight game with a lower-body injury. - NHL.COM

Game Day Battle Hymn

I guess we have to back a few decades in musical history to try and find a beat that can change this run of bad luck. We could also use a few players to step up and follow David's advice.

Go Coconuts Go!


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