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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks @ Dallas

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After a well played game in Chicago, the Canucks came screaming back to reality in St Louis when faced with an NHL quality team. One wonders what awaits tonight in Big D? (Spoiler Alert: More of the same)

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks @ Dallas Stars

American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

When: 4:00 PM PST

Where to watch: SNP, FS-SW

Where to listen: Sportsnet650

Opposition Blog: Defending Big D

TANKWATCH 2018:

There it is in black and white. And there’s not really any easy games left on the schedule like the one they just had in Chicago. Apart from Edmonton, the rest are all against playoff teams and Arizona. Buffalo, Ottawa and Arizona all play tomorrow night, so not gaining a point tonight would be extremely beneficial to the Canucks’ lottery chances.

There’s a bit of a buzz right now as we await word on whether or not the Canucks can come to a deal with Adam Gaudette that would see him join the team for the rest of the season in the same manner that Brock Boeser did last season. Gaudette’s Northeastern University was eliminated from the NCAA playoffs, so the two sides have been talking. Expect to hear something within the next 48 hours.

The Canucks are taking on a desperate Dallas Stars squad that cannot afford to lose anymore if they want to make it to the post-season. The Stars have some fairly significant injuries right now, with Martin Hanzal being shut down for the season, and Jason Spezza and Ben Bishop out for at least another week. Kari Lehtonen will get the start today for the Stars, while the Canucks go back to Jacob Markstrom after Anders Nilsson took the 4-1 loss in St Louis.

Here’s the probable lineups via theprovince.com

Canucks’ expected game day lines

Nikolay Goldobin, Bo Horvat, Jake Virtanen

Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Sam Gagner

Darren Archibald, Brandon Sutter, Tyler Motte

Reid Boucher, Nic Dowd, Jussi Jokinen

Defensive pairings

Alex Edler, Chris Tanev

Michael Del Zotto, Troy Stecher

Alex Biega, Derrik Pouliot

Starting goalie: Jacob Markstrom

Stars’ expected game day lines

Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Brett Ritchie

Mattias Janmark, Radek Faksa, Alexander Radulov

Antoine Roussel, Devin Shore, Tyler Pitlick

Remi Elie, Jason Dickinson, Curtis McKenzie

Defensive pairings

Esa Lindell, John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis, Greg Pateryn

Marc Methot, Stephen Johns

Starting goalie: Kari Lehtonen

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

The pride of Texas for ya today, from their album 4 Of A Kind, it’s D.R.I. and ‘Think For Yourself’ and as a bonus, their entire ‘Violent Pacification’ EP (all 5:44 of it)