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OPPOSING BLOG: JEWELS FROM THE CROWN
Try to wrap your head around this one if you can: With a regulation win over the Kings, and a regulation loss by San Jose to Philadelphia tonight, the Canucks will vault over the Kings, Sharks, Dallas Stars and Winnipeg Jets to sit two points back of Edmonton, Colorado and Calgary. How insane is that, given their situation just over three weeks ago when they fired their management and coaches?
The odds were damn near astronomical, and while it’s not a certainty given that almost everyone ahead of them has games in hand, the Canucks have battled their way into the playoff conversation in the West. Even more mind blowing is that they’ve done it by being one of the best defensive teams in the NHL right now.
The win streak could end tonight, but the fact they’ve given this fan base hope in a season that was certainly going to end as one of the most dreadful in this team’s history is pretty amazing. I mean, as much as we all love to cheer the Canucks on, the last few years have been absolutely hellish at times. And I don’t know about you, but I would be perfectly happy to never hear the term ‘moral victory’ ever again.
And this is not your usual ‘new coach bounce’. A win tonight will be one for the record books.
And wasn’t that a gutsy win last night? Battling from behind against a goaltender who’s pretty much owned them for years to get the win in overtime. And doing it without Brock Boeser, who’s been one of the hottest Canucks since Boudreau’s arrival in Vancouver, makes it that much more impressive.
Courtesy of nhl.com, these are what you might see in tonight’s game in terms of lines:
Canucks projected lineup
Scratched: Kyle Burroughs
Kings projected lineup
A few not so familiar names in the LA lineup as they deal with a couple injuries, most notably to Alex Edler, and a handful of COVID cases.
The Canucks will go with mostly the same lineup tonight, with a couple changes. Justin Dowling has been placed on the COVID protocol list, so we could see Matthew Highmore, who was taken off injured reserve moments ago, possibly getting into the game tonight in place of Dowling. Jaroslav Halak will get the start tonight as the Canucks play the tail end of the back to back and wrap up the calendar year before starting the new year with a game in Seattle.
GAME DAY CHATTER
“Everyone’s doing a great job filling roles…Guys are stepping up when their numbers are called upon.”— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) December 30, 2021
Luke Schenn meets with the media ahead of tonight's game against the Kings#Canucks | @theprovince pic.twitter.com/YArrZiN0MO
"We want to go out and try to create things and want to be the instigators as long as we are responsible."— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) December 30, 2021
Coach Bruce Boudreau on playing more aggressive#Canucks | @theprovince pic.twitter.com/CE1rJYqYPA
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
A little fun for the last GDBH of 2021. I love me a good mashup, and this one combining the Temptations and Overkill is absolutely brilliant. Check out ‘Hello From Cloud Nine’ and if you like this, then check out Bill McClintock’s YouTube page for more of his awesome mashups.
Enjoy the game, and Happy New Year from all of us at Nucks Misconduct. Go Canucks Go!