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Game Day Coffee- Jan 6/16- Canucks vs Carolina

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If you're trying to figure out if the Canucks' glass is half empty or half full right now (and keep in mind it's filled with the bloody, broken teeth of Daniel Sedin and Dan Hamhuis), you shouldn't bother, as neither option is going to quench thirsts around here.

And after a frustrating loss to a division rival where we saw no points and a glimpse into an alternate universe where Daniel Sedin is a ghoul, the Canucks welcome an old friend home for the first time since throwing him out like expired sour cream (which is so good on tacos) in Eddie Lack and his Carolina Hurricanes. And just to point out (because somehow everything bad that's happening to the Canucks right now can spiral back to him) unlike Tortorella who wouldn't start Roberto Luongo in a game in front of 50k or whatever at BC Place, the Hurricanes made sure Lack would be the starter here tonight. This has been your daily edition of John Tortorella is a bastard.

Tonight does come with a bit of good news, as Brandon Prust and Sven Baertschi return to the lineup. Unfortunately Alex Edler didn't skate yesterday with flu-like symptoms and may be a no-go for tonight, and that would be a huge blow to the Canucks with the way he's been playing this season. Ryan Miller is still out, so we'll see Jacob Markstrom get his 6th straight start against his friend Eddie. Lack's been playing well after a rough start to the season, going 4-0-2 in his last 6 contests and getting his 3rd start in the last 4 games for the Hurricanes as he battles to wrestle the starting position from the fading Cam Ward.

In order to defeat the 'Canes tonight, one thing the Canucks will need to do is neutralize Justin Faulk. The Carolina Dman leads their team in scoring, and is one behind Jeff Skinner for the team lead in goals. That being said, it's surprising at how little offence they're getting from the lineup they have, but that's a statement we're pretty familiar with in these parts, eh? The Hurricanes have lost 7 straight in Vancouver, a streak that stretches back to October of 1999.

FRESH HOT LINKS

- Looks like Jimbo's kicking some tires, but does this help #TeamTank or #TeamPlayoffsOrBust?

- Yeah, it was his attitude that got him traded. Bloody hell...

- ICYMI, a look at Ryan Miller's kickass skate logo mask

Preview from our pals over at Canes Country

- Stating the obvious...

- Speaking of traded goaltenders...

- This was probably preventable...

- At least they're a step up from the neon abominations...

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

Since the last game stunk to the high heavens, this seems like an appropriate choice. Death Breath features former ENTOMBED drummer Nicke Andersson and REPULSION bassist Scott Carlson. Mixing some punk attitude into old school Swedish death metal, this is a pretty well done video with an homage to George A. Romero's Night Of The Living Dead.