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Game Day Coffee- Oct 29/15

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After ending their 5 game homestand with a strong finish against Montreal, the Canucks hit the road for two down south. First up, it's the Dallas Stars.

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So with the 'maintenance' for Dan Hamhuis obviously more than that, and the injury to Brandon Prust, the Canucks have called up Alex Biega and Brendan Gaunce from the Utica Comets.Is this a formality to ensure they have numbers on the road, as they can insert Adam Cracknell into the lineup after being a healthy scratch against the Canadiens Tuesday night, or are they wanting to get a good look at Gaunce? I guess we'll find out as the Canucks prepare to take on another team off to a great start in the Dallas Stars.

The Stars really look to have shrugged last season's disappointment off and come out firing on all cylinders so far, and they're just one point Nashville for top spot in the West in that Central Division log jam. The addition of Patrick Sharp to a forward crew already laden with the likes of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Valeri Nichushkin, and Jason Spezza means the Canucks will have to play as tight defensively as they did against the Habs. It's looking like Ryan Miller will get the night off, as the Canucks are probably going to give Richard Bachman the start against his former team. If not, he'll go tomorrow night in Arizona as they take on the Coyotes, another team playing better than last season, in a back to back.

FRESH HOT LINKS

- An underrated rivalry? Perhaps. A little one-sided, but it's Dallas ownership that fuels it.

- The Canucks need to make a decision on Jared McCann, and soon...

- Dave Tomlinson on one area the Canucks have made a remarkable improvement: faceoffs

- Mr Drance knows who he thinks should stay and who should go back to junior...

- TSN's Jeff Patterson on McCann The Man

AROUND THE LEAGUE

- James Mirtle with a great piece on the death of ex-NHL'er Todd Ewen

- As the losses pile up like falling leaves, Mike Babcock ditches the nice guy act

- Jordan Eberle is on LTIR as the Oilers call up Leon Draisaitl

- The Flames are waiting to hear about how bad the lower body injury to Jonas Hiller is after a collision with Bobby Ryan last night

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

Yesterday was the 34th anniversary of James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich founding Metallica, and while my distaste for the band's path post-And Justice For All remains, it would be wrong for me not to acknowledge the band that played such a huge role in crafting my love for metal. Sure, the band are far more the darlings of the rock world now, but their impact on heavy metal is as massive as those of Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. They took the sounds of the NWOBHM bands like Maiden, Raven, Blitzkreig and Diamond Head, and infused them with punk attitude. Yes, there were other bands doing the same thing at the same time as that whole American thrash scene started: Exodus, Slayer, Anthrax, Overkill, etc. But Metallica quickly rose to the head of the class. So let's go back to 1983, from the Cliff 'Em All home video (remember that one?) on the Kill Em All For One tour with Raven (who we will feature tomorrow): No Remorse!