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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks @ Washington- Dec 11/16

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I want to once again point out that the scheduling on this road trip is a bunch of crap. Not as much as the Canucks no-showing for 49 minutes last night, but pretty close. And that ain't the only crap we're being fed today, Canucks fans...

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Washington Capitals

2:00 PM PT - Verizon Center, Washington, DC

TV: SNP  - Radio: TSN 1040

The return of Jannik Hansen should be cause for celebration, yet here I am, as bitter and frustrated as ever. Why is that? Well, let's see. First, you have the coach stating that he MIGHT put Hansen back with the Sedins. Not will. MIGHT. And it's because he wants to continue to trot out Brandon Sutter with Daniel and Henrik despite every possible sign that this combination DOES NOT WORK.

Canucks
CATEGORY
Capitals
12-14-2 SEASON RECORD 16-7-3
26 Points 35
6th Division Position 5th
Lost 1 Streak Won 3
2.29 (27)
Goals For Per 60 (GF60)
2.65 (13)
2.93 (23)
Goals Against Per 60 (GA60)
2.19 (5)
14.6 (26) Power Play % 16.7 (16)
85.3 (5) Penalty Kill % 82.3 (14)
51.0 (11) Faceoff Win % 51.1 (10)
7.6 (27)
Shooting % 8.7 (18)
49.6 (18)
Corsi For % 52.7 (4)
98.0 (28)
PDO 101.0 (6)

Stats from NHL.com and www.hockey-reference.com

THE OPPOSITION

Life's not too bad for the Caps right now. They've won 3 straight, are relatively healthy apart from Matt Niskanen being a game time decision, and are getting some solid goaltending from Braden Holtby again this year. Oh, and there's that Alex Ovechkin guy, too.

The Caps must be licking their chops, too. Getting a team laden with AHL'ers that started their last game 22 hours earlier, their 3rd in 4 nights? This one has blowout all over it.

THE CANUCKS

Ah yes, so we don't have a guarantee that Willie D will keep Hansen with the Sedins, we have Ryan Miller basically being a game time decision, and if not, they go with Jacob Markstrom, rather than giving Thatcher Demko a shot (and really, what would it hurt?). Then, we have the situation with Andrey Pedan. He was called up a couple days ago, but not on an emergency call up. That's right. He's on a regular call up, which means he will have to clear waivers to get back down to Utica. I cannot believe that the Canucks could potentially have this situation happen to them again, because if it's not Pedan going down, then it's gotta be Alex Biega, and I can't see either of these two clearing. Absolute incompetence by Jim Benning here, there's no other way to put it.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

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