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GAME RECAP #36: Nucks Win - Road Loss in Red - Edged 3-2

Game was lost in the 2nd - almost unlost in the 3rd. NHL is not the almost league.

Vancouver Canucks v Calgary Flames
Big Night For Marty and the Nucking D. D for Dumpster fire defense
Photo by Leah Hennel/Getty Images

Another road game and another terrible 2nd period. Welcome to 2023. Flashback Edition.

The middle-lower of the pack Nucks put on another road show - the dropping below 500 road gong show.

THE GOOD

Pete competes - gets a goal and almost wills the Nucks to get the tie.

Dries scored too. Yay!

Nucks PK killed 2 penalties!

THE FREAKING MEH

Millsie doesn’t compete. Doesn’t care. Lazy back check. Lazy line changes. Careless play all over. Only thing he helped with was getting 2 goals for Cowtown.

If Gallant can scratch Lefrenier, then Bruce can scratch J-Me Miller. Early and often. Miller is not delivering on his pay. Not next year’s insane overpay, on this year’s salary.

Miller was already turning towards the bench by time the puck went into the net — Westy

Why is he getting so many minutes when he can’t be bothered to drive play and play on the right side of the puck?

There seems to be consensus in the game thread that Miller is a fucking anchor. Will his benefits ever outweigh his costs? I don’t think so. — Twitchy

Why oh why?

I think his biggest problem is that he’s dumb as a stump. If he had even minimal IQ he probably would make less stupidassed mistakes. — Twitchy

Could be. He’s so emotional if he has a few bad shifts to start, seems his emotions stop him from recovering and playing smart the rest of the game.

Or something.

Possible until J-me (and OEL) are traded, bought-out or put on NM’s Aggrieved LITR, the Nucks are pretty much doomed - just like the last 10 years. Familiarity is it’s own reward.

However, Mifler wasn’t the only Nucking passenger.

Hughes just giving away pucks like it’s Christmas and not New Years — Westy

Nucks PP was terrible... 4 times worse than ever before. And gave up the shortie that was the difference in the game. 7 shorties against so far this season. How special is that?

Meanwhile... Marty kept the Nucklings in the game. Despite the Nucks taking themselves out of it in the 2nd.

So many basic hockey gaffs, lazy back checking, odd-man rushes the wrong way on the PP and all the usual dumpsterfire defense we and the Nucks have been accustomed.

Pushback in the 3rd... and a...

very Canuck ending — Westy

That’s just great.

HNIC Video Lowlights

Condolences to those that had hoped for the 2 Johns.

GAME STATS

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Canucks
VAN
24 42% 0/4 4 19 8 7
Flames
CGY
30 58% 0/2 8 15 10 14

PLAYER STATS (We need more PETE, Less J-ME)

# Forwards GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
6 B. Boeser 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 14:59 3:16 --:-- 0
7 W. Lockwood 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 3 1 0 0 11:31 0:07 --:-- 0
8 C. Garland 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 5 1 0 1 0 19:39 3:08 0:09 0
9 J.T. Miller 0 0 0 0 -1 1 2 1 2 0 1 1 25 19:17 4:41 --:-- 0
15 S. Dries 1 0 1 1 0 3 0 3 2 1 0 0 57 14:11 3:14 0:12 0
18 J. Studnicka 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 60 9:31 0:09 --:-- 0
20 C. Lazar 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 50 10:59 --:-- 1:30 0
40 E. Pettersson 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 2 3 1 1 33 21:47 4:39 2:05 0
53 B. Horvat 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 39 21:48 4:33 2:16 0
65 I. Mikheyev 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 18:06 3:11 1:46 0
81 D. Joshua 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 7:27 --:-- --:-- 0
96 A. Kuzmenko 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 19:30 4:47 --:-- 0
# Defense GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
2 L. Schenn 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 12:51 --:-- 2:18 0
23 O. Ekman-Larsson 0 0 0 0 -2 3 0 3 0 0 0 2 19:08 3:22 0:01 0
24 T. Dermott 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13:01 0:03 1:19 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 0 0 0 2 4 2 4 1 0 1 1 25:56 4:39 0:16 0
57 T. Myers 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 20:35 0:11 2:32 0
74 E. Bear 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 18:28 --:-- 1:36 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
30 S. Martin -- 27 30 20–22 5–5 2–3 27–30 .900 0 57:16

ROAD DEPRESORRING

Marty kept the Nucks in it. Played great. Many in front of him tho...

What can Bruce do to cheer us up? Tell us what we want to hear - your best players need to be the best players. J-Me probably missed that memo.

Remember when the Nucks had a 7 game road win streak going? Me neither.

Now it’s a small road loss streak. After a couple home losses next week, the Nucks can enjoy an extended road loss streak. That’s gives some fans some hope for the draft.

But there’s still so much distance to cover the Fawks and Frucks to get that 18.5% chance to miss out on CB.

Is it possible, the league would allow the Nucks to get the #1 pick at the draft?

Rhetorical question period is over.

Or is it?

Let’s find out.

Poll

How likely is it the Nucks get Bedard?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    98.5% Nopers
    (5 votes)
  • 55%
    LOL!
    (11 votes)
  • 10%
    Dare to Dream!
    (2 votes)
  • 10%
    CB drafts himself?
    (2 votes)
20 votes total Vote Now

Oh... and Happy 2023, NM!