Canucks Sport Day: Two drained groups set to battle, will Vancouver dig a bit deeper?

The Canucks wrap up their three-game Japanese Canada highway journey on Sunday in Montreal.

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Vancouver Canucks (10-3-1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (8-5-2)

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When/The place: Sunday, 4 p.m., Centre Bell

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TV: Sportsnet  Radio: Sportsnet 650

The excitement: The Vancouver Canucks appeared a bit drained of their 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday evening. The Montreal Canadiens didn’t in beating the Boston Bruins 3-2 in additional time.

For the third straight recreation, the Canucks will play a crew who’re taking part in the second evening of a back-to-back. The one distinction is that this time the Canucks are additionally taking part in the second evening in a row. And it’s additionally the third recreation in 4 nights for each groups as nicely; the Canadiens beat the Crimson Wings in Detroit on Thursday, then confronted the Bruins at residence on Saturday.

Can the Canucks re-group and re-energize? Or will Montreal carry their confidence from their massive win Saturday into Sunday?

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The historical past: The Canucks confronted the Habs twice within the first half final season, with Montreal successful 5-2 at Centre Bell final November after which Canucks successful a wild affair 7-6 a month later at Rogers Area. However each these video games had been below the path of Bruce Boudreau; his substitute Rick Tocchet has the Canucks taking part in a a lot smarter, extra disciplined fashion.

The hope: Three highway video games in 4 days is hard; however these Canucks have confirmed themselves to be fairly robust up to now this season. The need to maintain exhibiting their finest in entrance of the jap media ought to hold the Canucks motivated as they shut their second robust highway journey of the season.

The concern: Just like the Canucks, the Habs have been getting stellar goaltending: they’ve the third-best 5 on 5 save share within the league. If ever there’s a crew to cease the Canucks’ high-flying offence, it’s Montreal.

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The highest weapons: Going into Saturday’s contest in Toronto, Brock Boeser had scored 5 targets in 5 straight video games. Elias Pettersson now has factors in eight straight video games, whereas Filip Hronek has factors in 9 straight video games, all assists (12)

The wounded: Canucks: Teddy Blueger (ankle, day after day) and Guillaume Brisebois (concussion, LTIR). Canadiens: David Savard (left hand fracture, IR), Kirby Dach (torn ACL and MCL in proper knee, out for season)

The quote: “Simply be higher general. Not be as sloppy, not turning pucks over.” — Elias Pettersson says he could be a lot higher than he’s been.

The lineup:



Di Giuseppe-Miller-Boeser


Höglander-Lafferty-Beauvillier (Blueger is predicted to go well with up instead of one among these three.)

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Casey DeSmith is predicted to start out in purpose.

The prediction: They might be drained however this Canucks are right here to show some extent. 4-2 win for Vancouver.

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