Canucks Recreation Day: Roussel able to rumble, drag teammates into struggle


Return comes the identical evening his good buddy, and former Canucks star, Alex Burrows is honoured by the membership

NEXT GAME

TONIGHT

Ottawa Senators at Vancouver Canucks

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7 p.m., Rogers Enviornment, TV: SNETP; Radio: SNET 650 AM


THE BIG MATCHUP

Antoine Roussel vs. anyone

It’s becoming that the feisty Canucks winger is anticipated to lastly play after an extended restoration and rehab from sophisticated April knee surgical procedure. And on an evening the place his buddy, inspiration and fellow agitator Alex Burrows will likely be inducted into the franchise’s Ring of Honour, the symmetry of the second is critical.

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The guy Frenchmen had been undrafted and undaunted of their quests to make it to The Present after driving the minor-league buses and questioning if their big-league goals had been simply that — goals. Burrows is 38 and an assistant coach with the AHL’s Laval Rocket. Roussel is 30 and he could possibly be an assistant coach for the Canucks as a result of his management within the room, on the bench and on the ice warrants that stage of respect and admiration.

From the second Roussel began skating with the Canucks final month to speed up his return — it was alleged to be after Christmas — he was nonetheless keen his membership to compete, contend and win. Even on press row, he maintained a presence as a fist-pounding, F-bomb dropping motivator of what ought to be taking place beneath.

Roussel performed up and down the lineup final season and he could possibly be plugged in wherever on this five-game homestead. He hit profession highs for factors final season with 31 (9-22) and hit excessive notes for a willingness to pull the Canucks into the struggle.

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“Hopefully the group will likely be knocking on the playoff door and I can kick it in,” mentioned Roussel. “Once I signed right here, I signed to be on a playoff group and this 12 months it appears good. But it surely’s an extended 12 months. We bought the beginning however we will’t slip any extra.”


Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom throughout a group follow at Rogers Enviornment within the 2017-18 NHL season.

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No. 1 goalie Jacob Markstrom has been granted go away by the Canucks to return to Sweden to attend a memorial service for his father, and on Monday the group known as up rookie Mike DiPietro from the AHL’s Utica Comets to again up Thatcher Demko between the pipes.

FIVE KEYS TO THE GAME

1. Present them no mercy

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A gentle eating regimen of elite competitors has been changed by a buffet of alternative. The Senators have received simply 4 of 15 highway video games (Four-10-1), have misplaced 4 straight, personal the league’s third-worst general document and are ripe for the selecting. They’ve however two forwards in double-digit targets — Jean-Gabriel Pageau (14) and Anthony Duclair (10) — however a minimum of Brady Tkachuk is knocking on the door with 9 targets.

2. Strike early, strike typically

The Canucks have scored essentially the most power-play targets (29) and have had essentially the most alternatives (110). That speaks to the league’s fourth-ranked man-advantage alignments (26.Four per cent) not solely changing with fast puck actions and pictures that carry velocity and accuracy, they’re taking part in onerous to attract penalties.

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three. Let Hughes run present

Rookie Quinn Hughes was fifth in scoring by defenceman with 23 factors (2-21) after 27 video games. He’s additionally first to shift the transition recreation into excessive gear and doesn’t get sufficient credit score for utilizing his pace, smarts and stick place to defend. He’s on the Calder Trophy radar with a pair of three-assist video games in his final six outings.


Canucks winger Josh Leivo loses the grip on the highest finish of his stick after getting slashed by Zach Sanford of the St. Louis Blues throughout a November recreation at Rogers Enviornment.

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Four. Leivo discovering the online

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Josh Leivo has two targets in his final two video games and simply 4 this season. Nonetheless, when the winger is shifting his toes, when he’s engaged and exhibiting consistency from shift to shift, he’s a a lot totally different participant. His purpose on Sunday was a direct results of attending to the online, establishing place and depositing a rebound.

5. Benn however don’t break

Jordie Benn logged 21:26 Sunday within the absence of the injured Alex Edler. He additionally had a career-high seven pictures and completed with 10 makes an attempt to go together with two take-aways and a blocked shot. The stable effort was precisely why the Canucks reached out to the Victoria native in free company.

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CANUCKS LINEUP

Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Jake Virtanen
J.T. Miller— Elias Pettersson — Brock Boeser
Antoine Roussel — Adam Gaudette — Josh Leivo
Tim Schaller  — Zack MacEwen — Loui Eriksson

Defence pairings

Quinn Hughes — Tyler Myers
Jordie Benn — Chris Tanev
Oscar Fantenberg — Troy Stecher

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Goalies: Thatcher Demko, Mike DiPietro


Mike DiPIetro on Day 1 of Canucks coaching camp in Victoria in September.

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SENATORS LINEUP

Nick Paul — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Colin White
Brady Tkachuk — Chris Tierney — Connor Brown
Vladislav Namestnikov — Artem Anisimov — Anthony Duclair
Filip Chlapik — J.C.Beaudin — Tyler Ennis

Defence pairings

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Thomas Chabot — Ron Haines
Mark Borowiecki — Nikita Zaitsev
Erik Brannstrom — Dylan Demelo

Goalies: Anders Nilsson, Marcus Hoberg

SICK BAY

Canucks: Alex Edler (higher physique, indefinite), Tyler Graovac (decrease physique, indefinite), Brandon Sutter (groin, day-to-day, IR), Jay Beagle (hip, day-to-day, IR), Micheal Ferland (concussion, day-to-day, IR). Tyler Motte (foot, IR).
Senators: Craig Anderson (decrease physique, IR), Cody Goloubef (undisclosed, IR), Scott Sabourin (concussion, IR).

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SPECIAL TEAMS

Energy play
Canucks: 4th (26.Four%)
Senators: 31st (9.three%)

Penalty kill
Canucks: 17th (81.zero%)
Senators: 13th (82.5%)

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