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[GDT] Wild @ Canucks - MON - FEB15 - 7PM - SNP

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Brace yourselves, Vancouver Canucks fans, the injury woes won’t stop.

The Vancouver Canucks would likely be in a better position to make the playoffs if it hadn’t been for their injury troubles. Well, after injuries to Alexander Edler and Brandon Sutter last week, it looks like Bo Horvat is next.

Horvat, who had a bad start into the season but turned it around, took a shot to the foot in Saturday’s 5-2 loss. According to TSN’s Jon Abbott, Horvat tried to practice today but couldn’t and is questionable for tomorrow’s game against the Minnesota Wild.

Without him and Dan Hamhuis, who also missed today’s practice for a maintenance day, the lineup looks like this:

Adam Cracknell on the second line? Linden Vey centering Alex Friesen and Radim Vrbata on the third line? Alright.

Jim Benning keeps saying he wants to make the playoffs. The Canucks should definitely continue to fight for that goal, but only because losing on purpose is nothing athletes should or would ever do. Still, it is time to admit that the playoffs are extremely unrealistic.

Now, it is clear that trading Vrbata and Hamhuis would not improve the situation by any means, but keeping them probably won’t help either. This team is headed for a lottery pick — nothing else.

Still, it would be great to see a healthy roster for at least a 10-game stretch or so. It is hard to believe, but the Canucks have not been able to enjoy that feeling yet. Having a healthy roster. Man, that would be nice.

With all the negativity out of the way, it will be great to see Friesen make his debut tomorrow night, against the Wild. Minnesota just released their head coach Mike Yeo, so they might be extra motivated and it will be a tough game. However, it is also a great chance for Friesen to show what he can do at the NHL level. He earned it.

Back to the negative aspects of this. According to today’s practice lines, Emerson Etem will be a healthy scratch against the Wild.

Ben Kuzma is right in saying that Etem wasn’t very good against the Leafs. But, honestly, who was? Is it time to give up on Etem yet? Were the Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers right to let him go after all? We shall find out soon.

To finish this off with some positivity: every injury puts us one step closer to the first-overall selection at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Auston Matthews in blue and green? I’m all for it.

Final news for the day: Jacob Markstrom will get the start against the Wild. No surprise here.

 

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Minnesota Wild

Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Charlie Coyle

Jason Zucker - Mikael Granlund - Thomas Vanek

Nino NiederreiterErik Haula - Jason Pominville

Ryan Carter - Jarret Stoll - Justin Fontaine

Defensemen

    Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon

Marco Scandella - Mathew Dumba

Mike Reilly - Christian Folin

Goalies

Devan Dubnyk

 

Vancouver Canucks

Forwards

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Jannik Hansen

Sven "Paul" Baertschi "Mall Cop" - Bo Horvat/Alex Friesen? - Radim Vrbata

Alex BurrowsLinden Vey - Emerson Etem

Derek Dorsett - Jared McCann - Jake Virtanen

Defensemen

Dan Hamhuis - Chris Tanev

Ben Hutton - Matt Bartkowski

Yannick Weber - Luca Sbisa

Goalies

Jacob Markstrom

Thanks for the lineup! @Green Goblin

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Just now, numb3r 16 said:

Ben Kuzma is right in saying that Etem wasn’t very good against the Leafs. But, honestly, who was? Is it time to give up on Etem yet? Were the Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers right to let him go after all? We shall find out soon.

Is it time to give up on Etem? Give your head a shake, author.

Solid GDT, OP.

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The knock on ETEM seems to be real but give him the 20 gm mark I suppose.  

I don't have a lot of hope for them in this game as the WILD will be fired up, and well the Canucks are coming off an all new low from the last game.    Glad it's not on HNIC.  Garret will be refreshing. lol

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Still riding the low of Saturday. So so disappointed and hurt.

For the first time, ever, I don't really care.

Come on boys, get me out of this funk.

Go Canucks Go!

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11 minutes ago, Stinkburger said:

Nice GDT,
There are worse things than being a Canucks fan right now....like having to live in Saskatchewan.

Least it's not cold this winter

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Stoked that Friesen gets a shot. 

Hope he can turn into our 4C next year. 

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There are a lot of things to be unhappy about with that roster but I can't help but be thoroughly excited for that revamped PP unit.

Sedin - Sedin - Baertschi

Vey - Hutton

Gives me a reason to tune in.

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Watch Bo be out for 4-6 with a broken foot.

Tankers and Willy will rejoice for Vey will get much play (ing time)..

Lame sauce.

And I'm still wicked pissed about that brutal effort last night, maybe they should just mail it in again. Weak

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This idiot Willie.

Cracknell with Baertschi and Virtanen. Oh the chemistry. Vey with Vrbata lmfao I wonder how many goals they give up. Etem plays hard every game and gets scratched. Vey now also plays the point on the PP with the Sedins. Yah that 70 MPH clapper. Atleast Hutton gets some time. Maybe this game they will actually gain entry. Honestly Sbisa has had the best rush of any D on this team and can't even get a chance. Kill me now

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2 minutes ago, Blueberries said:

This idiot Willie.

Cracknell with Baertschi and Virtanen. Oh the chemistry. Vey with Vrbata lmfao I wonder how many goals they give up. Etem plays hard every game and gets scratched. Vey now also plays the point on the PP with the Sedins. Yah that 70 MPH clapper. Atleast Hutton gets some time. Maybe this game they will actually gain entry. Honestly Sbisa has had the best rush of any D on this team and can't even get a chance. Kill me now

Lol that lineup is called the blender..Willie style.

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33 minutes ago, RRypien37 said:

Stoked that Friesen gets a shot. 

Hope he can turn into our 4C next year. 

That job has Zalewski's name all over it

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Bo is out? The guy leads the league with minus 27. It's not the end of the world... It might even help not having the leagues leading minus player on the roster. 

Fire Willie plz. 

Also JB hates MG boys. Gaunce deserves to be here.

I still believe in this team. Lord Daniel and Henrik will lead us.  

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Just now, hlinkas wrister said:

That job has Zalewski's name all over it

I hope not. We desperately need more energy grit players like Friesen. As of right now we have one...Dorsett. 

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Etem hasn't been very impressive.  For a guy fighting to keep his job his effort level has been very poor.  Reminds me of Kassian.  Has the skills, too lazy to use them.  Hopefully this kick starts him into working hard every night.

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36 minutes ago, RRypien37 said:

Stoked that Friesen gets a shot. 

Hope he can turn into our 4C next year. 

Exactly . Now is the time to see some of our prospects. See what they have.

How about Shinks ?  When do we get to him into 3-4 games with real minutes 

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