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SB Nation Canucks Blog: Nucks Misconduct
Know Your Opponent
Last game: 3-1 loss vs. Red Wings
Division Ranking: 3rd in the Central Division
PP: 17th (25%)
PK: 29th (57.1%)
What to Watch
1. Can We Make It Three Straight Dubya’s?
Happy start to the season for us. Getting the win against the Yotes wasn’t the most surprising thing in the world, but the Habs, too? Wooooo 2 and oh baby. What a start, let’s see if the Sabres can keep that vampire blood in Kyle & Zemgus and get the home fans at KeyBank three straight to start the season. The Canucks have had three games where they let the team come back (Flyers), never had the lead (Red Wings) and clawed back to life to get a point (Oilers). Maybe a blowout loss is what they’re missing come Tuesday?
In case ya missed it, instant hall of famer and Sabres legend Rick Jeanneret has released the 20 games he’s calling this season and the Canucks are the first game he’s missing. Dan Dunleavy is set to take over the call and we won’t see Rick until November 13th against the Maple Leafs. Hopefully the team gives Rick something to cheer about at home.
3. All The Fun Offensive Talent
The Canucks are a team worth watching based off their offensive talent alone. Vasili Podkolzin, the 10th overall selection from 2019 has earned a spot in the roster and joins Nils Hoglander (without umlaut), the 40th selection from 2019, on the roster. Elias Pettersson is back after missing a good chunk of games last season and Quinn Hughes is in the first year of his juicy contract. Joining the team is Conor Garland and Oliver Ekman-Larsson from Arizona, which cost the Canucks a first, second and third round pick and let some cap dumps get off their books. Canucks are heading towards “all in” and are going to this group to take them over the edge.
Jeff Skinner – Dylan Cozens – Vinnie Hinostroza
Rasmus Asplund – Tage Thompson – Victor Olofsson
Anders Bjork - Arttu Ruotsalainen – Drake Caggiula
Zemgus Girgensons – Cody Eakin – Kyle Okposo
Rasmus Dahlin – Will Butcher
Robert Hagg – Mark Pysyk
Jacob Bryson – Colin Miller
Starting Goalie: Craig Anderson
Tanner Pearson - Bo Horvat - Conor Garland
J.T. Miller - Elias Pettersson - Nils Hoglander
Justin Dowling - Juho Lammikko - Vasily Podkolzin
Matthew Highmore - Jason Dickinson - Alex Chiasson
Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Tyler Myers
Quinn Hughes - Tucker Poolman
Jack Rathbone - Kyle Burroughs
Starting Goalie: Thatcher Demko
Rasmus Asplund has been moved to the top power-play unit:— Lance Lysowski (@LLysowski) October 19, 2021
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