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Game Preview / Gamethread #79: Canucks vs Coyotes

April 10, 2024
- Westy

COYOTES (33-40-5) at CANUCKS (48-22-8)

10:30 p.m. ET; SNP, SCRIPPS

Not to jump ahead of this game...but I will, the game against Edmonton on Saturday, will probably decide who gets 1st overall. Of course, if the Canucks lose tonight, then 2nd place looks more probable and a meeting against LA or Vegas. The Canucks cannot finish any lower than 2nd place.

The last game against Vegas was a roller coaster ride. The start was very typical of the the team over the past month, but then a small miracle occurred....the powerplay awoke! The double screen is a system I haven't seen the Canucks run on purpose before. The key to this system is that the bumper and low man have to get inside position on the defense so that if the puck hits the goalie, they can get the rebound. Fortunately, the two shots got through the Vegas goalie. The real question is how will the PP use this system and will they mix up the systems during the game to keep teams honest. The Canucks have a tendency to stick to only one system, which makes it easier to coach against.

Coach Taco speaks about Injuries, making sure they focus on tonight's game against Arizona, Miky trying to find his touch.

Brock talks about reaching 40 goals, the game against Vegas and conditioning

Coyotes projected lineup

Clayton Keller -- Nick Bjugstad -- Nick Schmaltz

Lawson Crouse -- Logan Cooley -- Dylan Guenther

Matias Maccelli -- Jack McBain -- Josh Doan

Liam O’Brien -- Alex Kerfoot -- Michael Carcone

J.J. Moser -- Sean Durzi

Juuso Valimaki -- Michael Kesselring

Maksymilian Szuber -- Josh Brown

Connor Ingram

Karel Vejmelka

Scratched: Jan Jenik

Injured: Barrett Hayton (lower body), Travis Dermott (upper body)

Canucks projected lineup

Nils Hoglander -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Dakota Joshua -- J.T. Miller -- Conor Garland

Ilya Mikheyev -- Elias Lindholm -- Sam Lafferty

Pius Suter -- Teddy Blueger -- Phillip Di Giuseppe

Quinn Hughes -- Filip Hronek

Carson Soucy -- Tyler Myers

Ian Cole -- Nikita Zadorov

Arturs Silovs

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Mark Friedman, Nils Aman, Noah Juulsen, Vasily Podkolzin

Injured: Thatcher Demko (lower body)

Status report

The Coyotes did not hold a morning skate Wednesday following a 5-0 loss at the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday. ... Ingram is expected to start after Vejmelka made 20 saves at Seattle; the goalies have alternated starts the past 14 games. ... Lindholm is likely to return after missing seven games with a wrist injury; Canucks coach Rick Tocchet said he still had to talk to the center after he participated in an optional morning skate Wednesday. ... Podkolzin appears to be the forward who would come out of the lineup; it would be his first healthy scratch in 17 games. … Silovs will make his fourth start in six games after DeSmith started the first seven following the injury to Demko, who returned to practice for the first time Tuesday; Demko took part in the optional skate Wednesday but there is no timeline for the goalie's return.

Game Day Battle Hymn

Let's go back in time...get your foot ready for toe tapping.

Go Canucks Go!


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