Vancouver Canucks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets: Preview, Lineups

BY Fansided and Alex Hoegler/FanSided via The Canuck Way • December 18, 2016

The Vancouver Canucks will try to make it two-straight when former head coach John Tortorella returns to Rogers Arena

After a convincing 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night, the Vancouver Canucks will try to snap the Columbus Blue Jackets’ eight-game win streak when John Tortorella returns on Sunday.

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OVERVIEW:

2016-17 Record: 13-16-2

Home Record: 9-6-1

2015-16 Record vs. Blue Jackets: 1-0-1

Goals For: 77

Goals Against: 96

Power Play: 14.3 (27th)

Penalty Kill: 82.1% (15th)

Leading Scorers: Daniel Sedin (31 GP -– 9 G – 11– A -20 PTS), Henrik Sedin (31 GP – 7– G – 12– A – 19 PTS)  Bo Horvat (31 GP – –9 G – 10– A -19 PTS)

Injuries: Troy Stecher (undisclosed, day-to-day), Erik Gudbranson (wrist, day-to-day), Philip Larsen (upper body, day-to-day), Alexander Edler (broken finger, late December/early January), Derek Dorsett (neck, out for season).

WHO’’S ON OFFENCE:

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    Bo Horvat: His promotion to the first line is well overdue. Seems like he has no choice but to keep on scoring until the team takes notice.

    Daniel Sedin: Death, taxes, and a Sedin twin leading the team in scoring. What else is new?

    WHO’’S ON DEFENCE:

    Chris Tanev: The return of the team’s best defenceman has come at an opportune time with the rest of the core banged up.

    WHO’’S IN NET:

    Ryan Miller:  He’s been hot-and-cold all season. The Canucks’ playoff hopes rest on the shoulders of a Miller renaissance at this point.

    PROJECTED LINEUP:

    Daniel Sedin — Henrik Sedin — Jannik Hansen
    Markus Granlund — Brandon Sutter — Loui Eriksson
    Sven Baertschi— Bo Horvat— — Alex Burrows
    Brendan Gaunce — Michael Chaput — Jayson Megna

    Ben Hutton — Chris Tanev
    Luca Sbisa — Troy Stecher
    Alex Biega — Nikita Tryamkin

    Ryan Miller
    Jacob Markstrom

    Columbus Blue Jackets

    OVERVIEW:

    2016-17 Record: 19-5-4

    Away Record: 9-2-3

    2015-16 Record vs. Canucks: 1-1-0

    Goals For: 94

    Goals Against: 58

    Power Play: 25.9% (1st)

    Penalty Kill: 82.3% (14th)

    Leading Scorers: Cam Atkinson (28 GP – 11– G – 18– A – – 29 PTS), Alexander Wennberg (28 GP – 6– G – – 19 A -25– PTS), Brandon Saad (28 GP – 9 G – 14 A – 23 PTS).

    Injuries: David Clarkson (back, indefinitely.)

    WHO’’S ON OFFENCE:

    Cam Atkinson: He’s slowly emerging as the face of the franchise. Atkinson has it all: speed, hands and skill.

    Brandon Saad: He hurt the Canucks a lot when he was with the Chicago Blackhawks. Let’s see if he can do it again.

    WHO’’S ON DEFENCE:

    Seth Jones: He’s not ready to be a Norris Trophy candidate, but he’s going to be a lot to handle for a banged-up Canucks team.

    WHO’’S IN NET:

    Sergei Bobrovsky: He’s certainly making his case to win the Vezina with an 18-5-2 record.

    PROJECTED LINEUP:

    Brandon Saad — Alexander Wennberg — Nick Foligno
    Boone Jenner —– Brandon Dubinsky — — Cam Atkinson
    Matt Calvert —– William Karlsson — — Josh Anderson
    Scott Hartnell —– Lukas Sedlak — — Sam Gagner

    Zach Werenski — Seth Jones
    Jack Johnson –— David Savard
    Markus Nutivaara — Ryan Murray

    Sergei Bobrovsky
    Curtis McElhinney



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