vs. Winnipeg Jets (28-35-5) Monday, March 13th
Leading scorer: Blake Wheeler (18 goals, 60 points)
Keys to the game:
- Dominate Emotionally
- Physicality for Physicality
- Win those Draws
The Vancouver Canucks had no idea that they were going to win on Saturday night until this happened and the leading scorer for the Nashville Predators and the leading physical presence for the Canucks clashed together. And this happened.
And the Canucks dominated the game emotionally. Finally, the home team advantage played out right for the Canucks. So if the Canucks can repeat that against a Canadien rival, the Winnipeg Jets who are now without Andrew Ladd, the game is sure to be the Canucks’.
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But Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien are both on the roster still, among many others. This game is not an easy game physically. There is no doubt that the Canucks will have to rise to the occasion with some size of their own. Alex Grenier will help.
Oh man. Wonder what a Byfuglien standings against a Tryamkin looks like.
One advantage of big wingers is the ability to use them to tie up on the faceoffs. But the Jets have not been able to do that. They rank 28th in the league in faceoffs. The Canucks, although ranked 30th, should look to take advantage. Dominate the faceoffs, don’t let the big guys get onto the puck, and steal possession from them.
For a Canucks win:
Sam Dewar, Sarah Laug, Janik Beichler, Steve Boddy, and Gerald Morton.
For a Jets win:
Jeff and I
Next: Home vs. Colorado