Canucks Game Night: Vegas baby?

After an ugly 7-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, the Canucks arrive in Las Vegas on Saturday.

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(5-7-2, seventh in the Pacific Division)


(8-6-0, fifth in the Pacific Division)

7 p. M., T-Mobile Arena

TV: CBC. Radio: Sportsnet 650AM


It’s Saturday night and surely things can’t go as bad as Thursday. How can they? Right? The games at T-Mobile Arena are always a show anyway. Even on television. Plus, Vegas is hurt right now and hopefully the Canucks are looking to right the boat after Thursday’s brutal display against Colorado.



1. Chandler Stephenson GP 14 G 5 A 8 PTS 13 (+5)

2. Jonathan Marchessault GP 14 G 7 A 4 PTS 11 (-3)

3. Reilly Smith GP 14 G 4 A 5 PTS 9 (Pair)


1. JT Miller GP 14 G 6 A 10 PTS 16 (+2)

2. Quinn Hughes GP 13 G 2 A 10 PTS 12 (+6)

3. Conor Garland GP 14 G 3 A 8 PTS 11 (+3)


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GOLDEN KNIGHTS: PP 10.7% (29th) PK 79.5% (21st)

CANUCKS: PP 16.7% (21st) PK 62.8% (32nd)


Injuries . Vegas will be without Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, William Karlsson, Zach Whitecloud and Nolan Patrick, all injured. Alec Martinez was caught in the face with a skateboard blade in Thursday’s game and needed 50 points to close the wound. And of course Jack Eichel won’t be available for months. But they are making it work, even without a full top line.

Shooting quality. The Golden Knights have won four of their last five games, a stretch that has seen them toughen up defensively. The big picture for the season shows them bleeding shots in front of the net, but lately they’ve toughened things up.


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• Special teams, again . There’s a lot of angst over the Canucks’ power play. “They are too talented to be so poor,” goes the rhetoric. The same song can be sung for the Knights, whose power play is scoring only one in 10 chances. Injuries have undoubtedly hurt his efforts at the men’s advantage, but there is still enough talent in this lineup. It should be better.

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