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Canucks vs Flyers Game Day Report: Honouring Pat Quinn

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DH Vancouver Staff Mar 17, 2015 7:00 am

On a night that the city of Vancouver will honour the late Pat Quinn, the Canucks will also aim to attain a crucial two points. The Canucks will attempt to win their fourth game in their last five outings as they take on the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.
While the “Broad Street Bullies” are well out of a playoff spot, they have never been a team that rolls over against the Canucks. Tonight’s game will likely be a spirited affair between two teams with different motivations coming down the stretch.

Matchup

 

Game Time: 7:00 pm

TV: Sportsnet Pacific

As mentioned, the Flyers are well back of the second wild card spot and won’t be making the postseason. However, there are still several weapons throughout the lineup and they still have the capacity to make it a rough game for the opposition. Players like Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, and Wayne Simmonds are all dangerous in several different ways. While the Canucks put away the Maple Leafs with relative ease, tonight will be another opportunity to prove that this team can compete against some of the more lackluster competition around the league.

Storylines

1. Pat Quinn Night

The Canucks will honour their former bench boss Pat Quinn in earnest tonight. While there was a short pregame ceremony immediately following his passing in November, tonight’s celebration of life will be a more in-depth look at the impact this man had on the game of hockey in Vancouver, in Canada, and even around the world.

2. Markstrom Recalled

In what was initially viewed as a puzzling move, Jacob Markstrom was “swapped” with Joacim Eriksson on Friday. Well, it turned out to be quite a shrewd move from Jim Benning and the Vancouver brass, as Markstrom started two games (both wins) instead of sitting on the bench behind Eddie Lack. Now, he’s been recalled to the NHL and will likely get in a game soon.

The Canucks need to play slightly above .500 hockey until the end of the season to solidify a playoff spot, but Markstrom should get another kick at the can before the regular season ends, if for no other reason than to give the almighty Eddie Lack some respite.

3. Possible Playoff Matchups

As we look towards the postseason, it’s never too early to look at who the Canucks may play if they make it in. Call it optimism, not presumption, but I think Vancouver has a real shot. In the case they do make it, here are some of the possible matchups and how they’ll look.

In perhaps the feel good hockey story of the year, the Calgary Flames are somehow still in the hunt for a playoff spot. Even with the loss of their captain and Norris Trophy candidate, Mark Giordano, Bob Hartley and his band of misfits continue to defy expectations. If they meet the Canucks in the first round, it will no doubt be an emotional series Vancouver will be expected to win.

Playing the Los Angeles Kings is looking more and more like a possibility. If Darryl Sutter and the gang can hold off Calgary down the stretch, there could be a lot of Canucks fans anxious about the first round matchup.

Another possibility should the Canucks slip out of their spot in the division, could be the Anaheim Ducks or St. Louis Blues. Both would provide a stiff test and are probably not favourable matchups for Vancouver.

Only time will tell, but the last 14 games of the Canucks schedule should make for some entertaining hockey.

Lineup

After missing the game on Saturday against the Maple Leafs, Alex Burrows will return to the lineup tonight. Derek Dorsett had a “maintenance day” on Monday, but it remains to be seen who will sit out to allow Burrows back into the lineup.

The Canucks also surprisingly wore their vintage Millionaires jerseys at practice. They will wear the throwbacks next week against Colorado to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Vancouver Millionaires Stanley Cup victory in 1915.

Here’s how the Canucks lined-up at practice:

D. Sedin H. Sedin  Kassian
Matthias Bonino Vrbata
Higgins Richardson Burrows
Kenins Horvat Hansen
Edler Tanev
Hamhuis Weber
Sbisa Bieksa
Lack

Prediction

Beating teams lower than them in the standings has proven difficult for Vancouver, but hopefully the victory over the Maple Leafs has bucked the trend. I’m predicting the Canucks over the Flyers by a score of 4-2, spurred on by the memory of Pat Quinn.

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