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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks vs Los Angeles- Dec 28/16

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It may have been a few days since you thought about it, but tonight will be a stark reminder: the Canucks are terrible and you need to stop talking about making the playoffs.

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Los Angeles Kings

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

TV: SN - Radio: TSN 1040

Perhaps you look at the record where this team has won just 14 of 35 games and think

Or the 7 points they trail tonight's opponent by, you know, the same LA Kings who hold the last wild card spot in the West. You look at that and think to yourself...

And then you get the news that thanks to rat bastard Matthew Perrault's inexplicably unpunished cheapshot, Jannik Hansen will miss 4 to 6 weeks. How does that make you feel?

Ahh, there you are. I was really worried about you. Yeah, in case you were clutching your half full glass like Linus and his security blanket, you need to look down, because that glass had a hole in the bottom, and it looks like you peed your pants as a result. We're going to be delving into rock bottom territory, kids. Up to 6 weeks of the Sedins with Brandon Sutter territory. Sure, they'll win some games. Just enough to stay right where they are. Not in last place to give them the best chance at that prized #1 pick, but not enough to move much closer than they are now.

Canucks
CATEGORY
Kings
14-18-3 SEASON RECORD 17-13-4
31 Points 38
6th Division Position 5th
Lost 2
Streak OT 1
2.37 (23)
Goals For Per 60 (GF60)
2.53 (20)
3.09 (28)
Goals Against Per 60 (GA60)
2.38 (7)
13.5 (29) Power Play % 16.0 (21)
79.8 (22) Penalty Kill % 84.7 (7)
51.9 (6) Faceoff Win % 50.5 (10)
8.4 (22)
Shooting % 8.5 (21)
49.3 (19)
Corsi For % 54.0 (2)
98.3 (28)
PDO 99.3 (18)

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

THE OPPOSITION

One of the themes that's been rumbling along through the NHL this season is 'The Pacific Division is really, really bad!!!1!'. Yes, Virginia... there are some bad teams in the Pacific, but as it stands now 5 of the 8 playoff spots in the West belong to the Pacific. And while it's close for those last spots, it's more likely we see Calgary and LA there at the end instead of Dallas and Nashville, which is a bit of a surprise. The LA KIngs really shouldn't be here. They've had some significant injuries, and let's face it: who in the hell thought that Petr Budaj wasn't gonna fall flat on his face here? The sign of a good team is how they handle adversity, and while there's no guarantee they make it, this is an LA team that still has a ton of talent and knows how to win.

THE CANUCKS

We mentioned that the Canucks were going to go back to the gawd-awful pairing of Brandon Sutter with Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin, but we have good news: At least for tonight, they won't start with that combo. The problem with that is...


Come on, man. Seriously? You've got Loui Eriksson making $6 million a season, brought in for the sole purpose of being that guy, and he's been given a shorter rope than Jake Virtanen dangled from this season.

There is some good news as Alexander Edler makes his return to the lineup tonight.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

Hard to believe it's been a year since we said goodbye to the person who personified metal. Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmeister left us on this day in 2015, but his musical legacy will live on, inspiring many to pick up guitars, basses and drums to just fucking RAGE. Listen to some Motorhead and have a Jack Daniels and Coke for Lemmy today...