CANUCKS NEWS: Heading into last night’s game against Minnesota, you couldn’t be blamed for thinking it was going to be a long night. The Canucks were coming off one of their worst performances of the season in a 5-0 loss to Pittsburgh, while the Wild rolled in, winners of 5 straight. Someone forgot to tell the Canucks that this was a game they probably should have lost.
From Elias Pettersson playing what was probably his best game of his 7 in the NHL to date, to the inspired performance of Markus Granlund, and Jacob Markstrom with a huge bounce back game, this was one of those games that gives you hope. And in case you weren’t sure just how much of an impact Elias Pettersson has had on the Canucks so far, this should clear it up for you.
#Canucks scoring 3 or more goals in a game this season:— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) October 30, 2018
With Pettersson in line-up: 6
Without Pettersson 1
Sutter with the AC separation-esque limp arm as he skates to the bench pic.twitter.com/V4n8HH51Og— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) October 30, 2018
It was a costly win though, as another player fell to the injury parade, this time Brandon Sutter who might have suffered a separated shoulder after hitting the boards hard following a hit from Matt Dumba. Sutter’s been huge on the PK since Jay Beagle went down, and this is not good news for a team that seems to get called for breathing too loudly and other such ticky tacky calls. Yes, the PK has been good, but long term this is a recipe for disaster. Travis Green needs to get his troops to stop taking so many penalties if they hope to stay above water in the Pacific. As far as a call up they have some options. They could bring Sam Gagner back from exile in Toronto, or we could see Reid Boucher, Zack MacEwen or even Jonathan Dahlen called up from Utica. Or they could try some other options...
you, dumb: with Sutter out the Canucks are gonna have to call someone up. Gagner, maybe?— Passive Voice (@Z_A_Kline) October 30, 2018
me, knowledgably: 40 mins/night for EP
Here’s your morning reading, folks... Speaking of Gagner, he’s determined to prove the Canucks wrong for demoting him, in a great piece over at The Athletic... Quinn Hughes is off to a hell of a start at Michigan... Botch brings it with The Athletties as always... Comets GM Robert Esche was on Sportsnet650 this morning talking about the pending expiration of the affiliate deal with the Canucks... Just leaving this here... Here’s the recap from our friends over at Hockey Wilderness... Some goalie news for you...
AHL transactions has Comets adding Connor LaCouvee on a PTO. The 24-year-old LaCouvee is 2-0 with a 2.57 GAA in 3 appearances with ECHL Maine.— Ben Birnell (@OD_Birnell) October 29, 2018
LaCouvee, a Qualicum Beach, BC native, played three seasons at Boston, 17-18 at Minn-Mankato. No announcement from team, yet.
AROUND THE NHL: Just one other game in the NHL last night, and that one saw the Calgary Flames score 3 in the 3rd to down the Leafs 3-1 in Toronto.