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LINEUP UPDATE: * Prust and Cracker out, Zawelski in.



GAME TIME : 4:00pm PT






LINEUPS: as per dailyfaceoff.com 






Season series: The Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 at Rogers Arena on Dec. 5. Landon Ferraro, a native of Trail, British Columbia, scored a second-period goal and had an assist on Tyler Randell's goal in the third period. Tuukka Rask made 17 saves for the shutout.

Canucks team scope: After two overtime games and a shootout in their three previous games, Vancouver did not practice Wednesday. They were without captain Henrik Sedin (upper body) in a 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday. He isn't expected to return until Feb. 4. No. 2 center Brandon Sutter has been out since Dec. 1 after he had sports hernia surgery Dec. 1. He said earlier in the week that he hoped to return against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Goalie Ryan Miller is 1-1-1 in three starts during the road trip but has stopped 129 of 136 shots (.948 save percentage). Coach Willie Desjardins said he was not pleased with his team allowing 49 shots against the Rangers. "It's not that our guys haven't battled," he said. "They have blocked shots, guys have worked hard. It's a matter of playing with confidence. It seems we are not confident when [we are] going to make a play and as a result we are hesitating a little bit." This will be the fifth of a six-game road trip that will conclude against the Penguins on Saturday.

Bruins team scope: Injured center David Krejci (upper body) continued to do more in practice Wednesday and said he feels he's progressing. But he remains day-to-day and will be re-evaluated Thursday, according to coach Claude Julien. "It was another step forward today," Krejci told the Boston website. "A little bit of more battling. I had a good day so we'll see tomorrow." In practice Wednesday, Krejci took line rushes with left wing Matt Belesky as well as alternating right wings Loui Eriksson and Ryan Spooner. Krejci also saw time on the power play, playing the point alongside defenseman Torey Krug with Patrice Bergeron, Eriksson and Spooner up front. Krejci has been out since Dec. 27. Ferrero (lower body) missed the Bruins' 4-1 win at the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday and is day-to-day. The win against the Canadiens' was the Bruins' third in a row. Bergeron scored a goal for his 591st NHL; he moved past Cam Neely for ninth on the Bruins' all-time scoring list.




The Final Stretch

With only about a month to go until the trade deadline, the Canucks are running out of time and opportunities to gain some ground within the division and the likelyness of a playoff berth is decreasing by each passing game. Vancouver has been riddled by injuries all season but are beginning to get some key pieces back. Luca Sbisa just returned and Sutter is set to come back in about a week, but as has been the story all season another player, captain Henrik Sedin is injured at a crucial juncture of the season. The loss of Henrik could prove costly at the end of the season where the difference between a spot in the post season or going home can be mere one or two points. 

Surprisingly, through all the adversity the players have responded well on most nights, competing and battling hard. While it hasn't always been pretty this group has remained resilient when the going has gotten tough. A good sign for any team looking to get into the playoffs. Now it's time to deliver the goods and put a solid stretch of hockey together. If Vancouver can manage to go on a run that is longer than two games, they may be a dark horse pick to go a round or two deep before bowing out, valuable playoff experience that the kids can use and learn from.

Another reason why this stretch is important is obviously that we need to trade some veterans for some good return. If these trade baits play well these next three weeks the potential return could be much greater thus making it easier to part with them and take a chance at going into the post season with even less of a veteran presence. Maybe the most factor will be the play of the young players. If they find their footing and can crank up their play enough, more veterans become expendable and the youth movement  will keep progressing ahead at a steady rate. 

If the team can stay healthy the remainder of the way they could get some traction and enter into the playoffs with a bit of a momentum. After all anything goes in the post season.

Besides the defence, the Canucks have a solid forward group in the bigs, and a respectable pool of talent in the minors in the case injuries arise in the post season. So even if some pieces from the forward group is moved, the Canucks have several different options at their disposal.

One such option is Zalweski, who has been playing a solid all around game and so has been given a NHL contract to boot. After the news of the Zalweski signing the Canucks proceeded to call him up fueling trade rumours.  News broke prior to last game  that Burrows might be a game time decision due to an upper body injury, so Zalweski call up is probably just a precautionary move.

It is too early to tell what the Canucks management will decide to do. The Canucks have been riddled by injuries all season, starting with Higgins in the first game of the preseason- from which he never fully recovered from- and so technically Vancouver has not dressed the full lineup that Jim Benning envisioned before the season. But the team is getting some bodies back into the lineup and by early February which gives them a two week stretch of games where the teams play will dictate how to proceed going forward. If the young players are able to prove that they're capable of carrying the load (up here and in the A) that's when we'll see the trades start to happen.   

By Tavrohorvat53

Canucks game day report: *will be posted shortly*


Canucks skate away with the 5-1 win. Another clean performance for Markstrom, and a solid defensive outing by the team. Etem, Burrows,Daniel, Hutton & Bartkowski with the tallies.

Bonus: Brad "the rat" Marchand gets destroyed





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So Prust makes sure he sits this one out after nutting Ratboy the last time they faced the Bruins.

Veteran move!

In the words of the modern philosopher Brandon Prust

 "our rookies have to stand up for themselves"...

Leave McCann,Bo, Hutton, Sven,Vey and Jake to handle the Bruins


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Virtanen being a vancouver fan growing up I wonder if he hates the Bruins as much as we do, since he watched the 2011 run


prediction: Virtanen plays the game of his life tommorow and lights up for the rest of the season


3-2 nucks ot 






edit: it's already day time for you guys!  Today*



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20 minutes ago, Brouhaha said:

Missed the last game between these two because of work, so I'm really excited. In the words of Lennon/McCartney, doooont let me dooownn.

Could be a hard day's night!

Daniel is due for another impactful game.  I predict that he will show again that he can play without Henrik.  He will gel with McCann, earn 3 pts, and by the end of the game will be blubbering 'you complete me!' to McCann.

Canucks win 4-2.  And oh ... Dorsett lays out Marchand.

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