Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay, Florida
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Tonight will be a good measurement on how well we compare with a team like Tampa Bay.
After seeing a promising start to the young season, the Vancouver Canucks have dropped two in a row...unsurprisingly. Tampa Bay won their first, and only, game of the season on Saturday in a shootout win over their neighbors, the Florida Panthers. After what seems like a bye-week for Tampa, look for them to come out of the gates firing on all cylinders.
6 points in 3 games. WOW. Elias Pettersson, who by the way is only 19 years of age, has put on a circus early in the 2018-2019 campaign. Let’s say he didn’t show his worth on the scoresheet, we have seen excellent playmaking skills from Pettersson. Don’t be shocked if Jon Cooper decides to match Brayden Point with the young Swede. I can’t wait to see how this one plays out!
Here’s the lines for tonight’s matchup (via Daily Faceoff)
Tyler Motte - Bo Horvat - Brock Boeser
Nikolay Goldobin - Elias Pettersson - Loui Eriksson
Sven Baertschi - Brandon Sutter - Jake Virtanen
Tim Schaller - Jay Beagle - Markus Granlund
Alex Edler - Chris Tanev
Ben Hutton - Troy Stecher
Derrick Pouliot - Erik Gudbranson
Starting Goaltender: Anders Nilsson
Antoine Roussel (Concussion)
Ondrej Palat - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov
Tyler Johnson - Brayden Point - Yanni Gourde
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Mathieu Joseph
Adam Erne - Cedric Paquette - J.T. Miller
Victor Hedman - Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh - Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev
Starting Goaltender: Andrei Vasilevskiy
Ryan Callahan (Offseason Shoulder Surgery Recovery)
Even with a win over Florida, Tampa Bay did not look like a Stanley Cup contender. Yes, its early in the season, but I expected much better play from Tampa. Tyler Johnson returns tonight after missing the final two weeks of the preseason, plus the season opener, due to an upper-body injury. If you didn’t catch what Bo Horvat said after the loss to Carolina, he said “Losing sucks, no matter how many goals you score, if you lose at the end of the day, it’s still a loss. For us, that’s our main focus: We want to win hockey games. That’s the main goal.” Captain-like attitude from Bo. 14 goals allowed in 3 games isn’t acceptable. Even in October. Travis Green has been moving around the lines in practice which is why you’ll see some big minutes from last year’s trade acquisition, Tyler Motte. I expect Nilsson to be on his heels, but maybe we keep it close.
VAN - 3
TBL - 5
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