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3. Hoglander hyped up: Rookie Nils Hoglander doesn’t say much, but his play is doing a lot of talking. The small, sturdy, fast and feisty winger is having a strong bowling-ball presence with precise passes, winning puck battles, getting to the net and scoring. Has six points (3-3) and leads first-year players with 21 shots.
4. Tracking Toffoli: The NHL player of the week can’t be another pain in the posterior for the Canucks. The winger has seven points in three games against his former club and is dangerous in the first power play bumper spot with his smart positioning for quick releases, passes, tips and rebounds.
5. Shot suppression: The Canucks have won four straight, but are surrendering a league high 35 shots per game. They allowed the Jets just 11 in the last two periods and 24 overall Saturday in a 4-1 win in Winnipeg. They’ll need to contain the Canadiens, who had 111 shots in the three-game set in Vancouver.
PROJECTED CANUCKS FORWARD LINES
J.T. Miller — Elias Pettersson — Brock Boeser
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Nils Hoglander
Adam Gaudette — Brandon Sutter —Zack MacEwen
Antoine Roussel — Jay Beagle — Tyler Motte
Alex Edler — Jalen Chatfield
Quinn Hughes — Jordie Benn
Nate Schmidt — Tyler Myers
Goalies: Braden Holtby, Thatcher Demko
PROJECTED CANADIENS FORWARD LINES
Tomas Tatar — Phillip Danault — Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin — Nick Suzuki — Josh Anderson
Tyler Toffoli — Jesperi Kotkaniemi — Corey Perry