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GAME THREAD #37: Canucks vs Jets

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This is why you should never say things like “Well, it could be worse...” about this team.

Winnipeg Jets v Vancouver Canucks Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

Canucks Nation are frantically refreshing their Twitter feeds and listening to the afternoon show on Sportsnet, awaiting word on the status of Bo Horvat and Brandon Sutter for tonight. If they’re not able to go, the Canucks are going to have to do a frantic patch job, putting a lineup out that would make Willie Desjardins whistle jealously, while noting that it is seriously lacking in Jayson Megna.

We’re almost at the ‘The Canucks have to run the table just to make the playoffs’ point in the season, and that’s when even the most diehard supporters have to admit that the playoffs won’t happen, and then they can devote their energy to blaming it on Mike Gillis. On the bright side, life is stressful enough right now. Do we really want to go through another playoff appearance and the accompanying stress that brings?

It’s going to be Connor Hellebuyck and Thatcher Demko going head to head again tonight for the Jets and Canucks. Demko is looking for a better result than he got on Monday night, and he’s going to need some help from the injury depleted Canucks if he hopes to make that happen.

Remember that heading into this season, they had just one win against the Jets period, since the franchise moved from Atlanta. And they notched their first regulation win this season, too. So maybe, if Bo and Brandon are healthy enough to go, they can help end this embarrassing streak

We might know the score from the Flames/Senators game a little after puck drop, so it’s going to add an interesting wrinkle to the urgency in this one, I hope.