Game 24: The surprising Canucks

November 26, 2017, by

Photo: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press

The Rangers are at it in a Sunday matinee against the surprisingly decent Canucks. It’s interesting, actually, as the Canucks were expected to be terrible, but find themselves in a playoff spot. Their forward depth, at least on paper, isn’t bad. Their defense could use some work, but few NHL teams have a defense that doesn’t need work.

This, like Friday’s game against Detroit, has all the makings of a trap game. The Rangers are a better team than the Canucks, but the Canucks have been hanging around. They are also 8-4-0 on the road, with a recent win over Pittsburgh on their resume. They are not a team to be overlooked.

Canucks Systems

I have no insight into what Travis Green runs in Vancouver. Sorry folks.

Disclaimer: I wrote this a few days in advance. The lines may not be accurate.

Canucks Lines (presumed)

Sven Baertschi-Bo Horavat-Brock Boeser
Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Jake Virtanen
Thomas Vanek-Markus Granlund-Loui Eriksson
Brendan Gaunce-Brandon Sutter-Sam Gagner

Alex Edler-Derrick Pouliot
Michael Del Zotto-Troy Stecher
Ben Hutton-Chris Tanev

PP1: Sedin-Sedin-Boeser-Horvat-Edler
PP2: Baertschi-Eriksson-Gagner-Vanek-Pouliot

Jacob Markstrom gets the start.

Rangers Lines (presumed)

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadPavel Buchnevich
Rick NashKevin HayesJesper Fast
Michael GrabnerJT MillerMats Zuccarello
Jimmy Vesey-David Desharnais-Paul Carey

Nick Holden-Brendan Smith
Brady SkjeiKevin Shattenkirk
Marc StaalSteven Kampfer

PP1: Nash-Kreider-Buchnevich-Zibanejad-Shattenkirk
PP2: Hayes-Miller-Vesey-Zuccarello-Skjei

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Boo Nieves (undisclosed), Ryan McDonagh (abdomen)

Crazy Prediction: No penalties for the Rangers.

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  1. pas44 says:

    move Nash, he is becoming invisible more and more, barely plays up in the playoffs and we need his salary too


  2. Stevem says:

    Continuously dump the puck in Del Zotto’s corner and punish the crap out of him.. just because

  3. HOF 19 says:

    Lets just keep this train rolling as long as possible !……LETS GO RANGERS !!!!!

  4. Spozo says:

    4 shots on goal and 1 in the final 9 minutes of the period. They are lucky to only be down by 1!

  5. Stevem says:

    Another slow start.. let’s puck it up here

  6. HOF 19 says:

    Getting the feeling that the Rangers would rather be home watching NFL !

  7. HOF 19 says:

    This team never gives up !…..LETS GO RANGERS !!!!!

  8. HOF 19 says:

    This team REFUSES TO LOSE !!!!!!!!!!!…..KEEP IT ROLLING…….LETS GO RANGERS !!!!!

  9. Richter1994 says:

    To the Vesey dissenters: That is why you put him with Hayes and Nash.

    • Mancunian Candidate says:

      Good game for Vesey today. Solid game from Nash as well.

      • Richter1994 says:

        I think Jimmy can be productive but he’s not good enough to do it himself, Nash and Hayes will help him a lot. Setting him up to finish.

        But wow, God awful “effort” for most of the game.

        • Rick Seto says:

          Like Zuccarrello, Hayes needs to lug the puck around to be an effective offensive player. Look how Zucc has played since being moved next to JT and Grabner. Hayes needs to play next to a grit player like Vesey and a shooter like Vitteri. Nash has stifled Zucc and Hayes on the 2nd line.

          • Richter1994 says:

            I agree on Hayes, he’s seems more comfortable when he is in control of the puck. Though he and Nash work well.

      • pas44 says:

        Solid game for Nash? maybe for a middle 6 forward, not for the player we need to be top of the pack. please.

  10. Pete says:

    Just win baby!

  11. Bloomer says:

    Canucks are a much improved team this year and held the Rangers to just 20 shots. The Rangers took full advantage of the few scoring opportunites they had and that was the difference in this hockey game. Lastly was up with the crazy boards at MSG…….