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Game #42 – Hawks vs. Canucks: Lineups & How They Were Built

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Notes: At least the first two periods were the best they’ve played, so you’d hope that the lineup stays the same. Sikura gave Kane’s line a jump it didn’t have with Nylander, but the front office is so panicky about Nylander that he probably comes in somewhere. Then you’d have to ask yourself how having two assists and a near 60 CF% in a game doesn’t justify staying in the lineup for Sikura…Gilbert and Maatta continue to get rocked possession-wise, but there’s little alternative now though Koekkoek would feel aggrieved…

Notes: The Canucks have won five in a row so you’d have to assume things will stay the same for them as they’ve been lineup-wise…Virtanen has three goals in his last five…Markstrom had a .927 in December, the biggest reason they’re hot…You’d be hard-pressed to find a better line than the top one, possession-wise. One of the few better is Teuvo’s line in Carolina, so go ahead and cry…

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