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Game Preview / Gamethread #60: Canucks vs Bruins

February 24, 2024
- Westy

BRUINS (34-12-2) at CANUCKS (37-16-6)

7 p.m. ET; CITY, SNP, NESN

"Right now, we're a little bit slow." ~ Elias Lindholm

"You’ve got to deal with the pressure." ~ Coach Taco

Every player will go through a slump and sometimes multiple players go into a slump which leads to a team going into a slump. Slumps don't necessary have to be offensive ones, as players could be missing defensive assignments or taking too many penalties. 82 games is a long season and so it shouldn't be a surprise to see this team hit this brick wall.

Recently, I have been firing shots at Petey for his performance. I am not the only one and surprisingly, Thomas Drance was playing the role of bodyguard for Petey:

The wonderful things about stats is that I too can cherry-pick them. In 6 games against Colorado, Boston, Winnipeg and Vegas, Petey has 0 points and is -8. Each one of those has been a "big" game. To cherry-pick again, during this 4 game losing streak, Petey has 1 point and is -5. This team absolutely needs Petey to get going again. I will say this, for the most part, Petey has been better against teams that he has faced more than once as he must study what they do against him and he adjusts.

So let's hope Petey has been siting in front of screen to see how to break through against Boston. The Canucks have faired pretty well against Boston over the past 5 years, with last year being the only time the Canucks lost.

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Charlie Coyle -- Danton Heinen

Jake Debrusk -- Pavel Zacha -- David Pastrnak

James Van Riemsdyk -- Morgan Geekie -- Anthony Richard

Trent Frederic -- Jesper Boqvist -- Justin Brazeau

Parker Wotherspoon -- Charlie McAvoy

Mason Lohrei -- Brandon Carlo

Derek Forbort -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Jeremy Swayman

Linus Ullmark

Scratched: Oskar Steen, Ian Mitchell

Injured: Jakub Lauko (upper body), Hampus Lindholm (undisclosed), Matt Grzelcyk (lower body)

Canucks projected lineup

Arshdeep Bains -- J.T. Miller -- Brock Boeser

Nils Hoglander -- Elias Lindholm -- Elias Pettersson

Pius Suter -- Teddy Blueger -- Conor Garland

Ilya Mikheyev -- Nils Aman -- Sam Lafferty

Quinn Hughes -- Filip Hronek

Ian Cole -- Tyler Myers

Nikita Zadorov -- Noah Juulsen

Thatcher Demko

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Mark Friedman, Phillip Di Giuseppe

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

Status report

The Bruins did not hold a morning skate Saturday. ... Mitchell, a defenseman, was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League on Thursday. … Grzelcyk is day to day after being injured on his first shift during a 6-5 overtime loss at the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday; the defenseman took part in the morning skate but did not play in a 3-2 overtime loss at the Calgary Flames on Thursday. ... Di Giuseppe, a forward, took part in an optional practice Friday after missing a 5-2 loss at the Seattle Kraken on Thursday for personal reasons, and could replace Lafferty or Mikheyev in the lineup. ~ NHL.COM

Game Day Battle Hymn

Shout out to our guy Kent, as he recovers from his surgery. Devil music for you my friend.

Go Canucks Go!


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