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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks @ Winnipeg Mar 26/17

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It was everything that the Canucks and their fans could have hoped for. Brock Boeser started his NHL career yesterday with a bang, notching the game winner and looking very much like he belongs. It's early, we know... but if you're a Canucks fan, how could you not be excited for the future now that Boeser's arrived?

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Winnipeg Jets

5:00 PM PT - MTS Centre- Winnipeg, MB

TV: SN - Radio: TSN 1040

It's probably not fair to even mention them in the same sentence, and the Canucks would be indeed fortunate if he turns out to be half the player that Pavel Bure was. It did get Canucks Nation stirring when Brad Ziemer tweeted this, though:


That's a lot to live up to, for sure. But for a kid who grew up going to games in that rink, that was as special for him, and his family as it can get. I am sure that he's gonna be pretty wiped today though, as he plays his 3rd game in 3 days with the Canucks heading up to Winnipeg to take on the Jets.

THE OPPOSITION

It's not quite official, but pretty safe to say the Jets will be missing the playoffs again this season, and you have to think that at some point, there's got to be some type of change in Winnipeg, whether it be coaching, management or both. This will be the 5th time in their 6 seasons since moving from Atlanta that the Jets have failed to qualify for the post season, the one exception 2 years ago, when they got swept by the Ducks. The fans are certainly tired of this, and it will be a situation to keep an eye on.

That being said, like the Canucks there is hope for the future. Patrik Laine is going to be a legitimate superstar, and Mark Scheifele is the Jets version of Bo Horvat, developing into their leader quickly. From there though there's a lot of voids this team needs to fill, especially if they hope to keep up with the Jones' of the Central Division.

The Jets could be in tough though, as they will be with out Dustin Byfuglien and may also not have Laine today. Michael Hutchinson will start for the Jets today.

THE CANUCKS

Yesterday was really good, and not just because of Boeser's debut. 2 goals by Reid Boucher. All of the kids looking like threats. Richard Bachman giving the Canucks another fine performance in goal. Good feelings aside, it's time to get back to reality, and that means getting back to hoping that the Canucks aren't going to win their way out of contention for one of these top draft picks.

Yes, we want to see the team succeed, but there are holes that need to be filled for the future, and having a #1 or #2 pick sometime very soon is going to help move the Canucks back to respectability. Young, speedy, skilled players with an ability to score are a must, as is a retooling of this team's defense. And with Bachman showing he could be a solid backup, it's time for the Canucks to move into the next stage, giving Jacob Markstrom his shot at number one, and one more season for Thatcher Demko to develop in the AHL. Demko's been on fire, but that's not enough of a reason to move him up next season. Don't rush this and the Canucks will be glad when they do bring him in, experienced and ready to eventually take his spot as #1.

He just returned to the lineup, but after an awkward hit yesterday Jack Skille will be out today. Boeser could sit today, which would be understandable. He will likely be a gametime decision. Ryan Miller will get the start after backing up Bachman yesterday. The Canucks have only one win in 5 appearances at the MTS Centre.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

Some live stuff for you today, here's one of my favorites IRON REAGAN live at Hellfest 2015 in Clisson, France.