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Welcome to the dance Nikita. Can't wait to hear what your goal music is.

"So I go over there to save the franchise?"
"So I go over there to save the franchise?"

T-minus 14 games to go...which means it's your daily dose of sadness time!

Tryamkin becomes the ninth rookie tossed into this dumpster fire of a hockey season, and luckily Vancouver is such a level-headed market that he'll be given plenty of time to adjust before the pitchforks come out.

No? Fair enough.

As we saw against Winnipeg, the problem isn't the goaltending. The problem isn't even the patched-together defense (well, most of the time). The fact is this team can't score and Tryamkin isn't being looked at to solve that. Look at that top 9; not exactly putting the fear of god into anyone anytime soon. So as long as Tryamkin doesn't look like Sbisa in Hal Gill's body, we'll take another injection of youth with a nod towards training camp next year.

Though if Tryamkin wants to absolutely level someone, the resulting animated gif will spread like wildfire and break the internet. So there's something to look forward to.

Vancouver's had Colorado's number the past couple of games, but that was before Boedker joined the party. It was also before Luongo trade fodder Matthias landed in Colorado too, and he's picked up the pace nicely with seven points in eight games. If there's a plus side to any of this (and for Vancouver there rarely is) it's that Gabriel Landeskog remains out on suspension so he won't be able to help out the Avs' special teams.

A win puts Colorado back in the wildcard and tosses Minnesota out, so for all our new Minnesota fans for the next few hours: welcome. Assume the proper Vancouver Canuck fan viewing position while you're here:

Human Guinea Pig Formations

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Jake Virtanen

Sven Baertschi - Bo Horvat - Radim Vrbata

Brendan Gaunce - Linden Vey - Alexandre Grenier

Alexandre Burrows - Jared McCann - Emerson Etem

Ben Hutton - Chris Tanev

Nikita Tryamkin - Dan Hamhuis

Matt Bartkowski - Alex Biega

Ryan Miller

Mikhail Grigorenko - Matt Duchene - Jarome Iginla

Mikkel Boedker - Nathan Mackinnon - Blake Comeau

Shawn Matthias - Carl Soderberg - Andreas Martinsen

Cody McLeod - John Mitchell - Jack Skille

Francois Beauchemin - Erik Johnson

Nick Holden - Tyson Barrie

Eric Gelinas - Zach Redmond

Semyon Varlamov

One Question

The last time Colorado was swept in a season series by Vancouver? 2011-12. There, now we've properly jinxed Vancouver's effort for tonight. And speaking of jinxes...

One Observation

Every year we make our predictions on the Sportsnet preview show and every year I predict the Canucks will be there and will contend for the Stanley Cup.

Well that's sad. Stop doing that.
Fearless Prediction

It would only make sense they soil the sheets against the Jets and turn around and dash Colorado's post season hopes right?


3-2 Canucks. Like John Garrett, I'm an easy idiot. Pass the fries.