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Wake With Elias: Bring on the Blues & Thank You Toronto

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The Canucks will have to knock off the defending Stanley Cup champions if they want to keep their season alive.

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Game One between the Vancouver Canucks and the St. Louis Blues takes place on Wednesday night.
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This has to be one of the best Monday’s in recent memory.

As Vancouver wakes up on Monday, August 10th, 2020, they know that their team will face the defending Stanley Cup Champions in the First Round, beginning on Wednesday night.

Here’s the tentative schedule for Games 1-4.

Every game the Canucks played against St. Louis during the regular season was close, but they did go 2-0-1 against the defending Stanley Cup champions. That included a terrific 36-save performance from Thatcher Demko in a 3-1 win. It also included this appalling lack of defence.

Thankfully there’s no three-on-three hockey in the playoffs.

Stay tuned here on Nucks Misconduct and our Nucks Misconduct Podcast Network as we continue to break down this series for you.

Our Kyle Bhawan gives his breakdown of the series on the latest episode of Sippin’ On A 40.

And here are some links on the series to get you prepped.

  • This preview includes a mention of Tyler Myers as the Canucks X-Factor. Alright then. [Sportsnet]
  • Can the playoff-bound Canucks slay another dragon with the Cup champions? [The Province]
  • Will Blues’ physical brand of hockey cause problems for Canucks’ Hughes? [TSN]

The Leafs are toast

Of the eight play-in series, perhaps it was a bit surprising that only one of those series went the distance.

Even then, the Maple Leafs stunning Game Four comeback was the only reason Game Five even happened. Sadly for Toronto (and only Toronto), they failed to do much of anything in a 3-0 Game Five loss.

Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe gambled and put John Tavares, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner together on the same line in Game Five, hoping that they could recreate their Game Four magic. All that did was lead to zero goals while utterly exposing the rest of the Leafs mediocrity up front.

Tavares in particular will probably have nightmares about an open net he missed in the first period of Game Five. Oh, and his former team is back in the playoffs as well.

Think I’m done giving you the goods on the Leafs ineptitude just yet? Here’s a couple more tidbits for you.

And congratulations Toronto, you’re on the same level as the Florida Panthers.

Alexis Lafreniere Sweepstakes: 3:00 pm PST

Hopefully there’s no bad karma after all this ragging on the Leafs, since they now have a shot at drafting first overall.

Oh, Connor McDavid and Oilers also have a shot, you say?

Wait, and the same thing with Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins?

What a world.