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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks @ Calgary- Dec 23/16

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It was as predictable as rain in Vancouver: a 3rd period collapse, another injury and lots of second guessing.

Ahhh, Christmas
Ahhh, Christmas
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Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames

6:00 PM PT - Scotiabank Saddledome- Calgary, AB

TV: SNP - Radio: TSN 1040

Maybe it was the injury to Jannik Hansen? Maybe it was starting Ryan Miller when Jacob Markstrom obviously had the Jets' number? Or... maybe this team just simply isn't good enough to be able to win 2 games in a row. And that is why I feel foolish for even discussing things like wild cards. This team teases you, making you think that because it looks like they're close that there's a chance. This is a mirage. There's no chance here. Not when they have the opportunity to move within striking distance of that wild card spot and just roll over the way the did.

Canucks
CATEGORY
Flames
14-17-3 SEASON RECORD 17-16-2
31 Points 36
6th Division Position 5th
Lost 1
Streak Lost 1
2.41 (23)
Goals For Per 60 (GF60)
2.51 (20)
3.06 (26)
Goals Against Per 60 (GA60)
2.89 (21)
13.7 (27) Power Play % 18.6 (15)
80.0 (21) Penalty Kill % 80.2 (20)
51.9 (5) Faceoff Win % 49.4 (16)
8.4 (22)
Shooting % 9.0 (13)
49.3 (19)
Corsi For % 48.6 (21)
98.3 (28)
PDO 99.3 (20)

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

THE OPPOSITION

After a stumbling start littered with injuries and a bit of panic when new big ticket goaltender Brian Elliott started stinkin' up arenas all over the NHL, the Flames have gotten themselves back into the mix. This seems to coincide with the return of Johnny Gaudreau after his contract situation and the emergence of Chad Johnson didn't hurt either. Apart from Ladislav Smid, the Flames are healthy and currently holding that last playoff spot. This is a big test for both the Canucks and the Flames, and we expect the Flames to try and take advantage of a tired Canucks team playing their 6th game in 11 nights. The Flames are sputtering a bit right now though and need to get back on track, so this could be perfect for that.

THE CANUCKS

So Jannik Hansen is probably a no-go so does that mean we get to see Anton Rodin tonight? He was pretty decent in the preseason before getting hurt again, and it's been a long, slow rehab. He's not gonna save the season, but he could be a glimmer of hope for the future.

The Canucks won the 1st meeting between these two teams (that was the game that featured the infamous Loui Eriksson own goal), and will once again face Chad Johnson in net. Ryan Miller started last time, but we'll see Markstrom tonight, who has a better record against Calgary, even though he really should have been given the start against Winnipeg last night.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

Christmas is about tradition. Spending time with your loved ones. Watching the best holiday movie of all time (Die Hard). And this song. Happy Holidays to all of you, from the miserable bastards here at Nucks Misconduct.