T-minus 16 games to go...
Vancouver had a fine chance to tank against the Coyotes but decided to give Granlund his first tally as a Canuck instead. Looking ahead Vancouver plays Winnipeg twice and Edmonton in their next six games, so if Tank Nation still has legs those games are huge.
Speaking of the T word...
Christ, Vancouver drops 1% from a few days ago and Toronto inches up 1%. May as well give up on any shot at a top three pick and settle for dreams of Jakob Chychrun slipping down a few spots. /r/Canucks was on top of this damn near a year ago.
The big news tonight is #33 returns to center the first line with genetic buddy #22 and #18, the 19 year old kid that was getting buried by the media not long ago. This could very well be the first line next season so get used to see Virts pull a page from AMFB and crash and bang his way to first line success. Gaunce sits with Hank back but figure he gets back in against the Jets.
Across the ice Nashville will try to extend their overall point streak to 15 games tonight against the kids. The Preds are 7-0-3 in their last ten and firmly entrenched in the first wild card spot. Filip Forsberg leads the way with 53 pts, including six in his last five games (2G, 4A). Pekka Rinne has not lost in regulation to Vancouver since 2013.
Oh, and here's a fun fact:
Nashville's success against Canadian franchises also continues, with a 12-1-4 record against them, or 28 of a possible 34 points in the standings this season.
Human Guinea Pig Formations
Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Jake Virtanen
Sven Baertschi - Bo Horvat - Emerson Etem
Linden Vey - Markus Granlund - Derek Dorsett
Alexandre Burrows - Jared McCann - Radim Vrbata
Dan Hamhuis - Yannick Weber
Ben Hutton - Luca Sbisa
Matt Bartkowski - Alex Biega
Calle Jarnkrok - Ryan Johansen - James Neal
Filip Forsberg - Mike Ribeiro - Craig Smith
Miikka Salomaki - Mike Fisher - Viktor Arvidsson
Colin Wilson - Colton Sissons - Austin Watson
Roman Josi - Shea Weber
Anthony Bitetto - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - Petter Granberg
It seems like a long shot to bank on Vancouver's PP, but the Predators PK is in the bottom third of the league (23rd, 79.5%). Rinne hasn't allowed a PPG on their entire road trip, a perfect 10 for 10 on the kill. It was only a week ago that the Canucks flexed their special teams muscle in a win over San Jose. So...I'm not saying, I'm just saying.
No conundrum here friend. While we wait for Tryamkin to make the dance, the kids will get another life lesson in a defeat, call it 3-1 Preds.
By the way, "tuppenny" means of little value or status. I beg you to use that with a loved one before the weekend is over.