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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks @ Arizona Apr 6/17

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There's excitement in the air. No, seriously. Tonight's game is one of the biggest games of the last couple seasons for the Canucks. A regulation loss to the Arizona Coyotes will move the Canucks into 29th place overall, giving them the best odds possible to them for the upcoming draft lottery. Can it be this team's legacy of misery is due for some actual good fortune?

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Arizona Coyotes

7:00 PM PT - Gila River Arena- Glendale, AZ

TV: SNP - Radio: TSN 1040

And lord, could this team use a change in fortune. That being said, there's that old adage about creating your own luck, and (wait for it...) the biggest thing the Canucks can do is address their biggest weakness: the one behind the bench. It has grown tiresome seeing Willie Desjardins' and his alternate reality Canucks. What he insists is happening out there night after night clearly isn't to anyone who can stomach watching this team, and poor lineup and devastating issues or not, his coaching style is simply not going to help the Canucks rebuild. There's a great piece on the Canucks and their 'culture' over at Pass It To Bulis that I highly recommend you read. Daniel Wagner nails it, right down to the Foundation.

THE OPPOSITION

Around the All Star Break, the Canucks had a lead of 17 points over tonight's opponent. Since then, the Canucks have won 7 times, and the Coyotes now sit 1 point behind heading into this match. I am sure that the Coyotes are well aware that a win for them tonight isn't exactly optimal either as Boy Wonder GM John Chayka continues to rebuild this team.

The Coyotes will be without two of their top players tonight: Radim Vrbata's banged up and likely doesn't want to help the Canucks in their quest for a better draft pick, and Shane Doan is also listed as day to day (old as dirt).

THE CANUCKS

Well, Brendan Gaunce is the latest Canuck to need surgery. His shoulder's messed up so he's done and will hopefully be ready come training camp. Other than that it doesn't look like there are any other changes for tonight apart from Ryan Miller as expected getting the start.

The Canucks have some decisions looming, as the deadline to sign certain draft picks is on June 1st. The picks in question are both Dmen, something we all know is one of the areas the Canucks desperately need to improve.


I wonder how Jimbo & Trev make this play out.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

This was one of the greatest musical moments in television history. At the 1992 Brit Awards, The KLF were scheduled to perform their hit '3AM Eternal', and decided to bring grindcore pioneers Extreme Noise Terror to join them. Suffice it to say the reaction was one of utter shock. Probably had to do with them shooting blanks at the audience at the end, right? Crazy stuff.

BONUS WEIRDNESS:

Napalm Death on a kids' program about music? Oh yeah, that's the good stuff...