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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks vs Arizona Oct 3/16

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After losing in overtime last night to the Sharks for the second time this preseason, the boys in blue will hope for a better outing when they host the Coyotes tonight.

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Tonight's pre-season tilt will see the addition of a few more Canuck regulars in the line-up when they play the Arizona Coyotes at 7pm at Rogers Arena.

Jakob Markstrom is back from the World Cup of Hockey and slated to get the start tonight. He looked great behind Sweden's defense, but the Canucks blueline is a completely different universe.

Tonight's edition of the Canucks defense sees Troy Stecher once again paired with Alex Edler, while Philip Larsen will skate with Ben Hutton. Nikita Tryamkin and Erik Gudbranson are paired up to make what has to be the tallest defensive pairing in history, while Chris Tanev gets the night off.

The Canucks will be looking to see how Stecher and Larsen do tonight, as there likely won't be room for both of them once the regular season rolls around due to our log-jam of mediocre defensemen (thanks Sbisa).

Up front, Brandon (I can't believe he's not butter) Sutter will play in his first pre-season game tonight. After suffering through both a sports hernia and broken jaw last season, this year he'll hope to suffer through a whole 82 games of playing for the Canucks.

Here's how the forward lines shake down tonight:

Baertschi-Horvat-Etem

Granlund-Sutter-Rodin

Burrows-Chaput-Rendulic

Skille-Ruutu-LaBate

Jake Virtanen is still out with a shoulder injury, though coach Willie D said he expects him to play this week and that he looks "good." He didn't say "real good" though, so maybe there's something he's not telling us.

On the other side of the ice, the Coyotes line-up is also a mix of youthful players and vets, with a couple former Canucks in there as well.

With a few more vets in the Canucks line-up, including the Dragon Slayer himself, we should see pace pick up a bit tonight. Who knows, maybe they can squeeze out a win?