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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks vs Winnipeg- Dec 20/16

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An unusual scheduling blip sees the Winnipeg Jets here for the next two games. Just think, we get to see Patrik Laine light up the Canucks twice in a row!

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Winnipeg Jets

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

TV: SNP - Radio: TSN 1040

It was another day of moral victories, as the Canucks battled back twice to tie the game Sunday before falling in OT to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Personally, the fact they actually got a couple lucky bounces in that game that led to goals was a bigger deal than anything else. This is a team that hasn't been able to buy a bounce their way, and maybe, despite losing they can build on the comeback against one of the league's best as they head into this doubleshot against the Jets.

Canucks
CATEGORY
Jets
13-16-23 SEASON RECORD 15-16-3
29 Points 33
6th Division Position 5th
OT 1
Streak Won 2
2.41 (23)
Goals For Per 60 (GF60)
2.59 (15)
3.09 (27)
Goals Against Per 60 (GA60)
2.91 (24)
14.7 (25) Power Play % 14.7 (26)
80.2 (21) Penalty Kill % 75.4 (28)
51.5 (9) Faceoff Win % 46.9 (30)
8.1 (25)
Shooting % 9.2 (11)
49.4 (18)
Corsi For % 47.7 (25)
98.0 (29)
PDO 99.4 (18)

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

THE OPPOSITION

While it's not the 8 gamer that the Blue Jackets came rolling in on, the Jets have won 2 straight, and will be looking to double that over the next 3 days in Vancouver. The Jets have been getting a ton of offence from the kids, most notably Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers. They're also seeing Connor Hellebuyck settling into the number 1 goalie role, and while they're hovering around the .500 mark, they are playing better than last season and perhaps there's hope (especially with a weak Pacific division) that they can snag a wild card spot, as they currently sit one point back of the Kings, who hold the last slot.

THE CANUCKS

Chris Tanev's return couldn't have come at a better time for the Canucks, as they have a couple legit scoring machines to contend with tonight in Scheifele and Laine. They'll need to start stringing some wins together if they don't want this season to be lost though, and Tanev, along with Jannik Hansen back in the lineup definitely helps that.

Jacob Markstrom gets the start tonight, and after a steady helping of Ryan Miller, it would be good to see Markstrom get a win and maybe earn the start in the 2nd game against Winnipeg as well. It probably won't happen, but Markstrom's gonna have to be lights out if he wants to get more starts in this so-called 1 and 1A situation. Willie keeps going back to Miller, and we all understand why, but if Markstrom is on his game, perhaps he's less likely to do so and that keeps Miller rested if by some miracle the Canucks find themselves close to snagging a wild card spot themselves.

GAME DAY METAL HYMN

Just in time for the holidays, German thrash legends Kreator are back with a message of hope for all the girls and boys: SANTA IS REAL! Oh, wait... apparently it's SATAN IS REAL. Sorry. Enjoy the game anyway...