Canucks: What's in a reputation? Conor Garland says the third line doesn't want one

The third line trio of Garland, Teddy Blueger and Dakota Joshua look to proceed their robust season towards the Arizona Coyotes this night

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The Vancouver Canucks’ No. 3 ahead line that includes Conor Garland, Teddy Blueger and Dakota Joshua has performed so properly so usually this season that arising with a catchy monicker for the trio has grow to be a favorite facet sport for each media and Canucks followers on numerous platforms

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Garland was nixing the nickname noise after the staff’s morning skate Thursday. Vancouver is house to the Arizona Coyotes Thursday evening.

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“We don’t want a reputation. We’re a 3rd line. We’re a tough line to play towards that simply tries to chip in,” stated Garland, who groups with Joshua to flank centre Blueger with the unit.

“There’s no should be naming third traces. I do know that occurs loads however there are solely sure traces within the league that ought to have a reputation. I just like the one in Boston — the Perfection Line. That was fairly good. There’s the Lotto Line. You rating three targets a sport after which you can begin having a reputation. We’re not getting there. We’ll simply keep on with being the third line.”

Columbus Blue Jackets’ Erik Gudbranson, left, and Emil Bemstrom, proper, combat for the puck towards Vancouver Canucks’ Conor Garland throughout the third interval of an NHL hockey sport Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, in Columbus, Ohio. Picture by Jay LaPrete /AP

Within the media scrum there was a suggestion that the threesome and its straight-ahead, trustworthy sport ought to have them dubbed the Meat and Potatoes Line — Joshua’s the meat, Blueger’s the potatoes and Garland is the gravy. There was additionally a push for the Nameless Line,  with a nod to their unheralded methods.

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“Let’s go along with Blueg’s line. I like that extra. Blueger’s line,” Garland interjected.

Joshua went into Thursday’s sport with 11 targets and 21 factors. Garland was at six targets and 21 factors, whereas Blueger had 5 targets and 18 factors.

The Lotto Line — with Brock Boeser (No.6), Elias Pettersson (No. 40) and J.T. Miller (No. 9) was lately reunited by Canucks coach Rick Tocchet and has been wracking up numbers of late. Vancouver hasn’t had a ahead group with a elaborate tag because the outdated West Coast Categorical trio of Markus Naslund, Brendan Morison and Todd Bertuzzi within the early 2000s.

Placing Boeser, Pettersson and Miller collectively has made Vancouver’s No. 2 unit of late Pius Sutter between Andrei Kuzmenko and llya Mikheyev.

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The Perfection Line featured Patrice Bergeron centring Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak for a number of seasons. It got here to an finish final summer season when Bergeron retired.

Ahead traces with nicknames previously embrace the Manufacturing Line of Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Sid Abel (Detroit Pink Wings Forties), the Punch Line of Maurice Richard, Toe Blake and Elmer Lach (Montreal Canadiens, Forties), French Connection Line of Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin and Rene Robert (Buffalo Sabres Nineteen Seventies), KLM Line of Igor Larionov, Vladimir Krutov and Sergei Makarov (Detroit Pink Wings Eighties), Legion of Doom of Eric Lindros, John Leclair and Mikael Renberg (Phladelphia Flyers (Nineteen Nineties).

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