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GAME DAY PREVIEW- GAME TWENTY-FIVE: Canucks vs Pittsburgh- Dec 4, 2021

Winning two in a row against two of the worst means absolutely nothing. Win tonight and maybe we’ll talk.

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VANCOUVER CANUCKS (8-14-2) vs PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (10-8-5)

ROGERS ARENA, VANCOUVER, BC

7:00PM PST

TV: CBC, SPORTSNET, CITY. RADIO: SPORTSNET 650

OPPOSING BLOG: PENSBURGH

While the wins over Montreal and Ottawa were fun and will no doubt do wonders for the mental state of this team as they head into a busy December, no one should be thinking this team has in any way, shape or form turned the corner on another disappointing season. It’s how this team plays over the remainder of this month that will prove far more than wins over two of the worst the NHL has to offer.

So, if the Canucks want to show that this team isn’t as bad as literally every metric used to measure the game suggests, they could start with a win tonight over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The loss in Pittsburgh a week and a half ago was such a typical Canucks performance: they played better for good chunks of the game, but poor starts, a bad PK and a ton of shots that aren’t necessarily good scoring chances come back to haunt them.

I mean, around here we are firmly in reality's grasp that this will be the sixth wasted season in the eight-year reign of Jim Benning, but we want to make sure we’re not ignoring any of you. So for those of you who are clinging to hope, the Canucks really need to step things up, as the Seattle Kraken have begun to put it together. They’ve won five of their last seven now, and have a bit of separation between themselves and the Canucks, leaving Vancouver alone in last place in the Pacific Division.

They’ll have to beat a Penguins team that so far is playing better on the road than they have at home, in order to stretch that winning streak to a modest three games.

LINEUPS

Penguins projected lineup

Jake GuentzelSidney CrosbyEvan Rodrigues

Jason ZuckerJeff CarterDanton Heinen

Brock McGinnTeddy BluegerKasperi Kapanen

Zach Aston-ReeseDrew O’ConnorDominik Simon

Brian DumoulinKris Letang

Marcus PetterssonJohn Marino

Mike MathesonChad Ruhwedel

Tristan Jarry

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Brian Boyle, Mark Friedman, Sam Lafferty

Injured: Evgeni Malkin (knee), Bryan Rust (lower body)

Canucks projected lineup

Tanner PearsonBo HorvatConor Garland

Vasily PodkolzinJ.T. MillerBrock Boeser

Justin DowlingElias PetterssonNils Hoglander

Tyler MotteJason DickinsonAlex Chiasson

Quinn HughesLuke Schenn

Oliver Ekman-LarssonTyler Myers

Kyle BurroughsTucker Poolman

Thatcher Demko

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Brad Hunt, Juho Lammikko

Injured: Matthew Highmore (upper body), Brandon Sutter (illness), Brady Keeper (leg)

No changes for the Canucks from the lineup that we saw the last couple games. As expected, we’ll see Tristan Jarry and Thatcher Demko in net tonight.

GAME DAY CHATTER

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

Sorry the preview was late, it was a long day. Happy Holidays and all that.

Go Canucks Go. Fire Benning and Weisbrod.