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GDT - Bettman's team (aka Phoenix) @ Canucks - 7pm Snet-P

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:37 am
by Zamboni Driver
Ninth place Phoenix visits Vancouver tonight looking to pick up some points in the west.

Big news today - Kesler took the moring skate, but not expected to play. (I just heard that on TEAM)

Expect the same linup as against Calgary.
Phoenix road record is pretty poor, but should be a tougher test for the 'Nucks than Calgary

Re: GDT - Bettman's team (aka Phoenix) @ Canucks - 7pm Snet-

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:02 am
by herb
Kesler skated this morning on a line with Raymond and Kassian...hmmmm. AV doesn't usually skate injured players with healthy players unless they are going to return.

Tanev did not skate, which is weird, because I thought he was immune to injury.

Heard Ballard did skate, but he'll probably be a healthy scratch anyway so who the hell cares.

Phoenix is a desperate team that has won three games in a row. The Canucks need to show up tonight.

Edit: CONFIRMED that Kesler is playing tonight! :D

Re: GDT - Bettman's team (aka Phoenix) @ Canucks - 7pm Snet-

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:35 am
by Zamboni Driver
herb wrote:
Edit: CONFIRMED that Kesler is playing tonight! :D
Wow!
I just heard that too...
AV says that they will play him limited minutes to get him back into shape.

Ballard will play, Tanev is out

Re: GDT - Bettman's team (aka Phoenix) @ Canucks - 7pm Snet-

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:35 am
by Jovocop
herb wrote:Kesler skated this morning on a line with Raymond and Kassian...hmmmm. AV doesn't usually skate injured players with healthy players unless they are going to return.

Tanev did not skate, which is weird, because I thought he was immune to injury.

Heard Ballard did skate, but he'll probably be a healthy scratch anyway so who the hell cares.

Phoenix is a desperate team that has won three games in a row. The Canucks need to show up tonight.

Edit: CONFIRMED that Kesler is playing tonight! :D
Both Kesler and Ballard will play tonight. Tanev must be injured by McGratten's hit. At the least, Weise nailed him right back

Re: GDT - Bettman's team (aka Phoenix) @ Canucks - 7pm Snet-

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:40 am
by CFP!
Kesler with Raymond and Kassian?

Anyone heard yet?

EDIT: Just announced

Sedins-Burr
Higgins-Roy-Hansen
Raymond-Kesler-Kassian
Blah blah blah....

And AV says Kesler isn't playing on PP/PK tonight.

Re: GDT - Bettman's team (aka Phoenix) @ Canucks - 7pm Snet-

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:44 am
by sagebrush
Nice (& strange) to be strong @ centre now, but that third D pairing could be an adventure.

Re: GDT - Bettman's team (aka Phoenix) @ Canucks - 7pm Snet-

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:57 am
by herb
Tanev is day to day with a leg injury. Doesn't sound serious. Tanev has quickly become an integral part of our defense, and his absence will be felt.

Re: GDT - Bettman's team (aka Phoenix) @ Canucks - 7pm Snet-

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:13 pm
by Aaronp18
Kesler back = huge!! :thumbs:

Unfortunately any time we lose a RH defenseman it's going to be an issue. Hopefully Tanev needs a few maintenance days from some bumps and bruises and that's all.

Excited to see our forward lines now that Kesler is back!

Re: GDT - Bettman's team (aka Phoenix) @ Canucks - 7pm Snet-

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:24 pm
by Arachnid
Aaronp18 wrote:Kesler back = huge!! :thumbs:

Unfortunately any time we lose a RH defenseman it's going to be an issue. Hopefully Tanev needs a few maintenance days from some bumps and bruises and that's all.

Excited to see our forward lines now that Kesler is back!
Seriously, that is awesome, I hope he takes a few shifts with Roy too just to see the mix...(yes, it will no doubt be on the powerplay but a guy can ice-dream can't he?!).

Re: GDT - Bettman's team (aka Phoenix) @ Canucks - 7pm Snet-

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:33 pm
by Vader
herb wrote:Tanev is day to day with a leg injury. Doesn't sound serious. Tanev has quickly become an integral part of our defense, and his absence will be felt.
Tanev has been a real target for other teams the past month...he's taken a few good hits now. Obviously he's got the attention of the rest of the league

Re: GDT - Bettman's team (aka Phoenix) @ Canucks - 7pm Snet-

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:33 pm
by Aaronp18
Arachnid wrote: Seriously, that is awesome, I hope he takes a few shifts with Roy too just to see the mix...(yes, it will no doubt be on the powerplay but a guy can ice-dream can't he?!).
Veenyo said he won't be using him on special teams, but hopefully that means no PK time and not the PP.

We can definitely use his shot and net presence on the powerplay.

Re: GDT - Bettman's team (aka Phoenix) @ Canucks - 7pm Snet-

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:43 pm
by herb
Vader's right, Tanev does get rocked from time to time and will need to change something up so he's not just absorbing all of those big hits because he's bound to get more than bumps and bruises if this continues.


Stoked to have Kesler back. Looks like a pretty damn sturdy lineup now. Fingers and toes are crossed that we are healthy from here on out.

Re: GDT - Bettman's team (aka Phoenix) @ Canucks - 7pm Snet-

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:04 pm
by Aaronp18
@strombone1:

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:lol:

Luo is fucking priceless.

Re: GDT - Bettman's team (aka Phoenix) @ Canucks - 7pm Snet-

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:10 pm
by Arachnid
herb wrote:Vader's right, Tanev does get rocked from time to time and will need to change something up so he's not just absorbing all of those big hits because he's bound to get more than bumps and bruises if this continues.


Stoked to have Kesler back. Looks like a pretty damn sturdy lineup now. Fingers and toes are crossed that we are healthy from here on out.
Except for the D, Tanev plays big minutes...who the hell do we put back there? That Forward Ballard? :shock:

Re: GDT - Bettman's team (aka Phoenix) @ Canucks - 7pm Snet-

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:15 pm
by Meds
Good to see Kesler back. I like seeing him on the 3rd line as that is where he belongs. He is, IMO, second only to Datsuyk when it comes being a fore-checking, back-checking, defensively responsible center who can force turnovers and generate chances. He belongs on both special team units as well.

I would prefer to see Hansen on Kesler's RW instead of Kassian. I think Kassian lacks the defensive smarts and experience, at this point, but would really add to the offense on a line with Roy. He does think the offensive side of the game well and would create room for Roy. That being said, Kassian has shown decent smarts as a playmaker. He might be a good mix with Kesler as a guy that passes the puck and hits Kesler on the rush for shots. Who knows. I just know that Raymond-Kesler-Hansen would probably be the ultimate shutdown line out there right now.