An early game (by West Coast standards) for the Canucks today as they take on San Jose at 5pm. This one will be televised, so unlike the last time, this win will actually mean something for the team that gets it, following the 'if no one saw it, it didn't happen' theory. Some lineup tweaks tonight, as the Canucks continue to take looks at a few players:
Projected forward lines tonight for #Canucks:— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 2, 2016
Projected defence pairs & goalies for tonight's match-up:— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 2, 2016
With Jake Virtanen still out, top line duties will be handed to Anton Rodin, who will be joining Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi. Joe LaBate has had a strong preseason, and gets another game, this time with Tuomo Ruutu and Jayson Megna. Line 3 features Brendan Gaunce centering new dad Emerson Etem and the hockey version of a dad joke, Derek Dorsett, while James Sheppard, Mike Zalewski and Borna 'Be Alive' Rendulic are the 4th line tonight.
On the back end, Troy Stecher will pair with Alex Edler, Chris Tanev will be with 2016 1st rounder Olli Juolevi and Andrey Pedan is with Alex Biega. The goalies are Ryan Miller and Richard Bachman.
The Canucks sent Chad Billins to Utica, while Guillame Brisebois has been returned to his QMJHL team after a strong camp and preseason, including that beauty snipe on Friday against the Flames. There's still a number of cuts to come, so expect to see a few more non-regulars getting a look over the next two games before we see the last couple that should essentially be the lineup that the Canucks will start the season with.
Here's the lineup the Sharks are bringing with them tonight:
Still missing a few of their big name guys from the WCOH teams, but they'll still be a threat, and one the Canucks need to be ready for.
Also, it's Kraft Hockeyville night in Lumby, BC. I remember going to Lumby a couple times: once for a Volleyball game in high school and once for a metal show. Weird, right? Anyway, here's hoping they enjoy Connor McDavid lighting up the Kings tonight.
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Stumbled across this one recently, and it's stuck in my head with some pretty catchy hooks. Solution .45 are a Swedish melodic death act on AFM Records, and display some seriously dizzying chops here, mixing technical riffing with nice melodic passages, a good mix of clean and brutal vocals, all into a pretty memorable and not run of the mill package. Definitely making me delve a little deeper into their catalog.