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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Game 4- Canucks @ Lightning

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After dropping two in a row the Canucks will try and rebound against the powerhouse Lightning.

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NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks @ Tampa Bay Lightning

Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay, Florida

Where to watch: SN360

Where to listen: SN650

Opposition Blog: Raw Charge

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)

Forwards

Tyler Motte - Bo Horvat - Brock Boeser

Nikolay Goldobin - Elias Pettersson - Loui Eriksson

Sven Baertschi - Brandon Sutter - Jake Virtanen

Tim Schaller - Jay Beagle - Markus Granlund

Defence

Alex Edler - Chris Tanev

Ben Hutton - Troy Stecher

Derrick Pouliot - Erik Gudbranson

Starting Goaltender: Anders Nilsson

Sick Bay

Antoine Roussel (Concussion)

Forwards

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

Defence

Victor Hedman - Dan Girardi

Ryan McDonagh - Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev

Starting Goaltender: Andrei Vasilevskiy

Sick Bay

Ryan Callahan (Offseason Shoulder Surgery Recovery)

Conclusion

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.

Score Prediction

VAN - 3

TBL - 5

Poll

Is Jacob Markstrom a #1 Goaltender?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Yes
    (15 votes)
  • 39%
    No
    (46 votes)
  • 47%
    WE WANT DEMKO
    (55 votes)
116 votes total Vote Now

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