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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.

Tyler Toffoli of the Montreal Canadiens picks up the loose puck while chased by Tyler Myers during NHL hockey action at Rogers Arena on January 20, 2021 in Vancouver, Canada. Photo by Rich Lam /Getty Images

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

Forwards

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

Defence

Alex Edler — Jalen Chatfield

Quinn Hughes — Jordie Benn

Nate Schmidt — Tyler Myers

Goalies: Braden Holtby, Thatcher Demko


PROJECTED CANADIENS FORWARD LINES

Forwards

Tomas Tatar — Phillip Danault — Brendan Gallagher

Jonathan Drouin — Nick Suzuki — Josh Anderson

Tyler Toffoli — Jesperi Kotkaniemi — Corey Perry

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