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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks vs Tampa Bay- Dec 16/16

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Maybe it would be best to just stumble along blindly, oblivious to the fires all around? After all, the Canucks seem to be doing it, and they're not looking terribly concerned. So let's just forget about a 3rd period for the ages, and focus on happy, fuzzy feels like the Ring Of Honour ceremony for Mattias Ohlund.

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

7:00 PM PT - Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC

TV: SNP  - Radio: TSN 1040

Perhaps the lede for this post was a bit too harsh? After all, though we tend to wonder if the Canucks organization has any brains at all, the reality is that they're staffed with people who have a ton of NHL experience and


I mean, let's face it here: right now you can't even fire the coach, because in all likelihood it changes nothing except for some of the usage issues. Would that turn things around? You might see a marginal improvement, but at the end of the day, the issue that plagues this team is centered on the ones watching from above.

Canucks
CATEGORY
Lightning
12-16-2 SEASON RECORD 15-13-2
26 Points 32
LAST Division Position 4th
Lost 3
Streak Won 1
2.33 (24)
Goals For Per 60 (GF60)
2.83 (10)
3.10 (28)
Goals Against Per 60 (GA60)
2.77 (17)
13.5 (28) Power Play % 22.2 (6)
82.9 (12) Penalty Kill % 79.4 (22)
51.0 (9) Faceoff Win % 49.5 (17)
7.6 (27)
Shooting % 9.1 (11)
49.6 (18)
Corsi For % 50.1 (15)
98.0 (28)
PDO 100.2 (9)

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

THE OPPOSITION

I'm not sure which team the 5-1 loss to the Canucks last week reflects more on, Vancouver or Tampa? I mean, while the Canucks played well, how much of that was because a lackadaisical Tampa team gave them free reign all night? You want a textbook example of why you can't take a night off in the NHL, you could definitely look at that game. Bolts coach Jon Cooper certainly wasn't pleased after that contest, and you can bet he will have his charges fired up to erase the taste of what has to be an embarrassing blemish on their record.

The Lightning had a big win in Calgary against the red hot Flames on Wednesday, but a couple recent injuries could be a factor, as they are going to be without Andrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov in addition to Ryan Callahan and Steven Stamkos.

THE CANUCKS

The big news this morning is that Christopher Tanev will possibly be returning to the lineup, based on how his ankle does following the morning skate. That is good news for a team that does things like give up 6 goals in a period, right? Sadly the same can't be said for Alexander Edler, who won't be back until after Christmas. That being said, Tanev's potential return is a glimmer of hope for a team stumbling in the dark right now.

As we mentioned, the Canucks will honour Mattias Ohlund in the ROH tonight, and it's taken some time and the harrowing situation the Canucks find themselves in right now to appreciate just how good Ohlund was. It certainly makes you wonder how good he could have been had he not been getting injured with a frequency that was giving fellow Canucks D man Sami Salo a run for his money.

Ohlund finished 2nd in Calder Trophy voting, losing to Boston's Sergei Samsonov, and won the first of his 4 Babe Pratt trophies as the Best Canucks Defenseman. He won gold with Sweden at the 2006 Olympics and 1998 World Championships, and was an All Star in 1999. His 93 goals and 325 points still stand as the most all time by a Canucks Defenseman.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

Not everything from Vancouver is a smoldering pile of garbage. Take for example NYLITHIA, Van City thrash beasts.

Hyperthrash indeed. Love these guys, and always happy to support BC Metal!

And just because we haven't spent enough time feeling bad, here's their video for 'Immersed In The Maniacal', featuring post-Game 7 riot footage.

So Go Canucks Go. Or don't. We know until change comes, it won't make a lick of difference.