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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks vs Hurricanes

After the debacle in Denver, the Canucks needed to get things back on track, and did just that with a solid 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals Sunday night. Tonight they take on the Carolina Hurricanes, and I am terrified the Canucks are gonna blow this one.

When you least expect it, the Kassian STRIKES!
When you least expect it, the Kassian STRIKES!
Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Spor
Time Tuesday, 7:00 PST
TV Sportsnet Vancouver
Season Series 0-0
Last Meeting
2-0 Canucks Dec 9/13
The Enemy Canes Country Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 2-9-11
J. Tlusty 4-2-6
Canucks
CATEGORY
Hurricanes
5-3 SEASON RECORD 0-5-2
10 Points 2
7th Conference Position 16th
Won 1
Streak Lost 3
3.25 (5)
Goals For Per 60 (GF60)
2.00 (27)
3.25 (23)
Goals Against Per 60 (GA60)
3.86 (30)
21.2 (13) Power Play % 21.7 (12)
84.8 (9) Penalty Kill % 80.8 (15)
45.8 (29) Faceoff Win % 54.2 (4)
12.8 (21) PIM / GP 10.4 (9)
52.9 (9) Corsi For % 48.3 (21)
99.4 (19) PDO 95.1 (29)

For a long time now, the Eastern Conference has been the home to some pretty lousy teams. This year's version of the Carolina Hurricanes may be one of the worst yet. Heading into game number 8 of this young season, the 'Canes have just 2 points, both garnered in shootout losses. And in the 3 previous games on this road trip, they lost to the Jets, Oilers and Flames by a combined score of 14-4. They're missing Jordan Staal, and brother Eric will be returning to the line up tonight after suffering an early season injury. And yes one of their losses was to the Buffalo Sabres. So is this team just bad and banged up, or are they driving the tank to Connor McDavid's house?

This is a problem for the Canucks. No, seriously. With a showdown against the first-place Montreal Canadiens Thursday, the Canucks could be walking right into a trap. You know these guys are looking to finish the road trip on a positive note and avoid going winless in October. New coach, new GM and nothing to show for their efforts. Add one of the league's best players into that mix in Staal and this has all the markings of a game that the Canucks might look back on and go "We probably should have been more prepared for this".

Ryan Miller is getting the nod in goal tonight, and it could be a big one for him, as a win will move him into the 300 win club. He was stellar against St. Louis last week, and solid again against Washington Sunday night. In spite of the Canucks defensive struggles, Miller looks poised to get on a nice little roll here, and with the high-flying Canadiens and (this is not a typo) resurgent Oilers later this week, they'll need Miller at his best as he likely starts all 3 of these games.

The key tonight? Keep working on the things that they do well. Carolina is gonna kill them in the faceoff circle tonight, but the Canucks' speed and aggressiveness can create turnovers. And with Carolina's goaltending being one of their weak spots, the wise old man of the blue line knows what they need to do:

shots

The top 6 are both playing well, now it's time to get the bottom 6 in sync. We might be on Shawn Matthias watch, as Jason Botchford was suggesting this morning on TSN1040: Given Matthias' play thus far, can we really believe we couldn't be getting the same, if not more from Bo Horvat? I won't be shocked to see a call up sometime soon.

PREGAME BATTLE HYMN

From the home of the 'Canes comes North Carolina's most famous metallic contribution: the almighty Corrosion Of Conformity. From their hardcore roots, to the breakthrough 'Blind' album, and on to their bluesy stoner rock evolution, this band has been kicking a ton of ass for years. Here's the title track from 'Technocracy'

SNACK OF THE GAME

Can you feel your arteries hardening? It's from looking at this: The Bacon Explosion sandwich at Pig BBQ Joint here in Victoria. No lie, I am terrified to eat this, as it may lead to my delicious tasting death...

As featured on the Food Network's 'You Gotta Eat Here', the sandwich is described as follows: "ground pork sausage wrapped in a lattice of bacon, sprinkled with more bacon, then smoked, sliced, and piled on a sandwich with tangy barbecue sauce".

Impromptu Drinking Games Rules

- 1 Drink: Rod Brind'Amour reference.

- 1 Drink: Vague inference they'll have Connor McDavid in a 'Canes uniform next season

- 2 Drinks: Luca Sbisa points streak.

- 2 Drinks: Hurricane player scores 1st NHL goal

- 3 Drinks: John Garrett makes a Hurricane reference about today's weather.

- 3 Drinks: Garrett uses Alexander Semin's name in a reference that makes Twitter blow up.

Parting thoughts from Sterling Archer

Archer: Holy shit, our security is atrocious. Seriously, it's really bad.
[He sits at the computer, which prompts him for a password]
Archer: Password. Hmm, password? How about "Guest".
[He types in "Guest" and it works]
Archer: No way! It can't be. Jesus Christ, that is just... babytown frolics.

SCORE PREDICTION WIZARD UPDATE

What? None of you predicted Luca Sbisa to score the game winner? I am shocked to say the least! Anyway, correct score was guessed by bygfeete, Azzy Mahmood, Brobidus, Brock, GreenBike14 and our new leader AustralianNuck

australiannuck 5
Jes Golbez 4
Nathaniel Perlow 4

Brobidus3

Canuck94 3
Westy99 3
Kiwinuck 3
cyr 3
Azzy Mahmood 3
GreenBike14 3
brianadams 2
Tengeresz 2
Vancouverguy 2
Seedvt 2
jluglue 2
Geordie Nuck 2
andrew21nz 2
bygfeete 2
Brock 2
BigPDog 1
Twitchy2010 1
Passive Voice 1
pheenster 1
Bobby Canuck 1
Canuck89 1
AtillaS 1
spinwezel 1
Frank In Wa 1
mattpisko 1
Coach Ryan 1
prairienucker 1
MightymikeD 1
itsahardknocklife1
nucksandpucks 1