Canucks vs Bruins Game Preview - February 4, 2014

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The Vancouver Canucks get right back at it on Tuesday night against their arch nemesis, the Boston Bruins. Will the Canucks be able to shake off their ineptitude long enough to score a goal? Here’s hoping we aren’t as disappointed as Milan Lucic is with the City of Vancouver.

Last Game

The Canucks were in Detroit on Monday night to face the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. The Wings were the first and last to get on the board thanks to Justin Abdelkader early in the second period.

Despite being down by a goal and receiving multiple opportunities on the power play, the Canucks couldn’t do anything to even remotely challenge Detroit offensively. David Booth had the best chance on a penalty shot but unfortunately forgot you seldom score when shooting at the goaltender’s chest.

The end result was another embarrassing loss for the Canucks, who have now dropped four straight and given the Phoenix Coyotes every opportunity to take over the eighth and final playoff spot.

The lone bright spot had to be Eddie Lack, who stood on his head trying to keep the Canucks in the game. If only Lack could score a goal.

In an unrelated note, does anyone have the name of a good dry wall guy? My wall is filling up with mysterious, fist shaped holes.

The Boston Bruins

If there was one team the Canucks probably don’t want to see at this point, it’s the Bruins. Boston continues to be a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference, currently sitting in second place behind the Pittsburgh Penguins.

David Krejci, Reilly Smith, Jarome Iginla, and Milan Lucic lead a strong attack up front with a lot of depth support in the bottom two lines. Behemoth captain Zdeno Chara leads an impressive defence corps that includes Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, and Johnny Boychuk.

The Bruins and Canucks have a bit of a history, and with all the hatred between the two clubs, I sense another moral victory coming.

Canucks lines

Don’t expect much change in the Canucks lineup because there is no one left to call up with all the injuries. Roberto Luongo will get the start and newly acquired defenceman Raphael Diaz will get his first look as a Canuck.

*Update: Hamhuis and Higgins are injured. Pascal Pelletier will play.

D. Sedin – H. Sedin – Burrows

Booth – Kesler – Kassian

 Pelletier – Dalpe – Hansen

Sestito – Schroeder – Lain

Edler – Garrison

Stanton – Diaz

Sauve – Corrado

Luongo

Storylines

1. Hang in there, Baby

This is one of those games where a loss looks inevitable. The Canucks are deplorable, tired from a game the night before and the Bruins are probably still pissed off from their last game against Vancouver. Just hang in there and maybe something good will happen.

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2. Welcome to the Canucks Raphael Diaz. Good Luck (seriously…)

The Canucks traded away Dutch League Superstar Dale Weise in order to acquire right-handed defenceman Raphael Diaz from the Montreal Canadiens. The move is a steal for the Canucks (in my opinion) as Diaz is an excellent puck moving defenceman and should, at the very least, help the circus act otherwise known as the power play. Diaz is walking into a garbage fire of monumental proportions, as the Canucks are currently on a four game slide and are thoroughly embarrassing themselves in the process. Good luck Raph!

3. January 7, 2012

That was the last time the Vancouver Canucks were in Boston to face the Bruins. While on paper the victory went to the Canucks (and Cody Hodgson’s slap shot), the team has suffered from a slow decline since that point. GM Mike Gillis has admitted that the team was just not the same after and you can argue they are still trying to find their identity. The Canucks won, but the Bruins somehow managed to emotionally shatter Vancouver again. Here’s an artist’s rendition of what that looked like:

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

(The Canucks are Batman…)

While a win won’t erase all of the Canucks problems, it always feels good to beat Bane the Bruins.

Prediction

The Canucks have been in a few games where a loss looked inevitable, yet came out with the victory. Each time I predicted Vancouver to lose and they made me look stupid. Well, going against all logic and reason, I am picking the Canucks to beat Boston 4-2. Don’t ask me how they do it, but it just somehow manages to work out.

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