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Game Day Preview: Game 8 - Canucks vs Bruins

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A 2011 SCF rematch in Vancouver should be fun to watch

NHL: Boston Bruins at Vancouver Canucks Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

7 years later and we still hold a grudge against those big, bad Bruins...as we should. Tonight we have a Boston team who is 4-2-1 and coming off back-to-back losses to the Calgary Flames, and the Edmonton McDavids. After being embarrassed in a 7-0 loss to the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals, Boston has played nothing shy of excellent. Brad Marchand is doing Marchand-like things with 12 points in 7 games. We will get a long look at his line, which is potentially the best line in hockey, playing along side 4x Selke Trophy winner Patrice Bergeron, and one of the best up-and-coming wingers in the game, David Pastrnak. This lineup has depth, as well as last year’s Jack Adams Award candidate, Bruce Cassidy, behind the bench.

The Canucks, on the other hand, have been playing terrific lately coming off road wins against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, and the dynamite Pittsburgh Penguins. Yes, we lost to the Winnipeg Jets, who have only been defeated 10 times in their last 45 games at home! I saw sloppiness towards the end, some young guys seemed lost on the ice, and some bad luck resulted in the loss. Let’s see if the “rebuilding” Canucks can handle the “contending” Bruins tonight in Vancouver.

Here’s the line combinations for tonight (via Dailyfaceoff)

Canucks

Sven Baertschi - Bo Horvat - Brock Boeser

Nikolay Goldobin - Adam Gaudette - Loui Eriksson

Antoine Roussel - Brandon Sutter - Jake Virtanen

Tim Schaller - Markus Granlund - Tyler Motte

Alex Edler - Chris Tanev

Ben Hutton - Erik Gudbranson

Derrick Pouliot - Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom (Probable)

Bruins

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak

Jake Debrusk - David Krejci - Danton Heinen

Ryan Donato - David Backes - Joakim Nordstrom

Chris Wagner - Sean Kuraly - Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy

John Moore - Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk - Steven Kampfer

Tuukka Rask (Probable)

Conclusion

Both teams need a win to stop the losing. I don’t see Brandon Sutter or any Nucks defenseman slowing down the B’s first line. With Marchand and Pasta’s goal scoring ability and Begeron’s all-around game, add the depth in Boston and you got too much to govern. Watch for Markstrom to struggle even more than his .883 SP shows. Hey, its early though.

Score Prediction

VAN - 2

BOS - 4

Poll

Do you think rivalries and hatred will return to Hockey?

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    Yes
    (42 votes)
  • 24%
    No
    (28 votes)
  • 38%
    We still see plenty of it today
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