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GAME DAY PREVIEW- GAME 54: CANUCKS @ WASHINGTON

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A serious injury. A serious blow to the Canucks playoff hopes. I’m seriously tired of bad things happening to this team.

Vancouver Canucks v Washington Capitals Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Vancouver Canucks (24-23-6) vs Washington Capitals (28-18-6)

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC

When: 4:00 pm PST

Where to Watch: SN

SB Nation Opposition Blog: Japers’ Rink

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: To say last night was a disaster might be putting it mildly. From a truly frightening injury to Alex Edler, to finding out that Thatcher Demko is actually injured and an Elias Pettersson injury scare, the results of the game seemed to not really matter at the end of it all.

There’s going to be an update from the Canucks around 1:45 PST, so until then we don’t have any real updates on Edler, Sven Baertschi, Michael DiPietro (who has joined up with the team in Washington and will likely be on the bench tonight as an emergency backup call), or Demko.

It’s frustrating that things like this continue to plague the Canucks, because even in a loss there was a lot of positive things about last night’s game. They did a great job of generating shot attempts last night, and though the Flyers did a great job blocking shots they still managed 42 shots on Carter Hart, who very much stole that game for the Flyers last night. And now this leaves the Canucks with a huge hole on defence heading into a game against a team that is still very good in spite of their recent struggles. The Caps have won just 2 of their last 10 games, but they’re still the defending champs and not a team anyone should take lightly.

So far there hasn’t been a call to Utica to bring up a defenceman. If they do, it’s likely to be Guillaume Brisebois getting the nod. For tonight it means that we’ll see Alex Biega get back into the lineup, and that’s a decent enough stopgap, but the worry for me is how many more minutes will this mean for Derrick Pouliot and Erik Gudbranson. They were awful again last night, and while they need to be separated in the worst possible way, the injury makes that seem less likely.

The Canucks seemed like things might actually be going their way, the injuries had all healed and they were in the hunt for a playoff spot that seemed like a pipe dream at best. All that has come crashing down now as we await word on 2 huge pieces of their puzzle, and try and figure out the organization’s goaltending issues while all this is going on. These injuries may not end the playoff hopes, but they’ve dealt them a serious blow, and it could necessitate the need to make a deal at the deadline.

Tonight will be a special night for Jay Beagle as he plays his first game in Washington since signing as a free agent with the Canucks this past summer. I am sure the Caps will have a nice lil video montage for a guy who was a real fan favorite in DC.

We don’t have a lineup update for you at the moment, but we can tell you that Braden Holtby will get the start tonight for the Caps. The Caps are healthy atm, with just Christian Djoos on the IR.

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