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GAME DAY PREVIEW- Game 32: Canucks vs Carolina

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Another night, another bunch of jerks invade Rogers Arena.

Carolina Hurricanes v Vancouver Canucks

VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs CAROLINA HURRICANES

7:00PM PST ROGERS ARENA, VANCOUVER, BC

TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC. RADIO: SN650.

OPPOSITION BLOG: CANES COUNTRY

After a frustrating home loss where the Canucks couldn’t solve a hot goalie, they’re back in action against one of the better teams in the East, another measuring stick kind of game for them as they host the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes have picked up where they left off last season, currently sitting in 3rd place in that extremely tough Atlantic Division.

In advance of tonight’s game, the Canucks have recalled Zack MacEwan from Utica, as Michael Ferland is again out of the lineup.

The Canes have won 3 straight, including a 6-3 win in Edmonton, which featured this awesome Dougie Hamilton goal:

You hate to see that, folks.

One guy who’s been hot for Carolina is Sebastian Aho. The Finnish sniper has 5 tallies in his last two games, and someone who will have to be watched closely tonight.

For the Canucks, it’s been status quo of late: J.T. Miller and Quinn Hughes continue to rack up points at a torrid pace, and Josh Leivo is still rolling. After a frustrating night of stops on breakaways and posts against the Leafs, if the Canucks do pull out a win it might be one of those offensive downpour kinda nights, because that’s how they roll. Elias Pettersson is due for a big night, so keep an eye out for that.

LINEUPS:

Not sure what the Adam Gaudette absence is related to, but this does look like Brandon Sutter is ready to return. Also telling that Zack MacEwan is slotted in on Line 4 and not Loui Eriksson. It’s an early Xmas present from Travis Green! It also looks like Oscar Fantenberg is out in place of Jalen Chatfield, who gets another opportunity to fight for that 6/7 D slot with the Canucks. And hopefully this is nothing, as well...

That definitely suggests Jacob Markstrom gets the start tonight. There was also this from the morning skate:

Meanwhile, this is the lineup they rolled with on Tuesday in Edmonton, and we should see the same lineup, apart from Petr Mrazek likely to be the starter for the Canes.

The Canucks have just one win in their last 5 over Carolina, and before heading down for a weekend back to back against the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights in two massive divisional games.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN:

And speaking of early Xmas presents, here’s Henry Rollins and Cyndi Lauper ripping out on the Black Flag classic ‘Rise Above’. You’re welcome.