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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Game 2- Canucks @ Flames

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The UNDEFEATED Canucks will try and take down the winless Flames in a Saturday night showdown.

NHL: Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks @ Calgary Flames

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta

Where to watch: CBC

Where to listen: SN650

Opposition Blog: Matchsticks And Gasoline

The Vancouver Canucks currently have the longest consecutive season opener winning streak at 5 games. What does that mean? Well....nothing. But there is something to actually become excited about. That would be the arrival of the greasy Elias Pettersson. We would be kidding ourselves if we said we weren't at all nervous on how the Nucks would play without the Sedin twins. Hell we haven't had that problem in 18 years. Once the biscuit dropped on Wednesday night, we saw the future of the Vancouver Canucks.

5 goals from 5 different players later and we got the dub in a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames. Now it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows in the win, but the play of the young guns surely impressed. The upset, playoff-hope Flames get a chance to rebound tonight in what should be another fantastic game. This time...in their arena.

Here’s the Canucks lines for tonight (via Daily Faceoff)

Forwards

Sven Baertschi - Bo Horvat - Brock Boeser

Nikolay Goldobin - Elias Pettersson - Loui Eriksson

Tyler Motte - Brandon Sutter - Jake Virtanen

Markus Granlund - Jay Beagle - Brendan Leipsic

Defence

Alex Edler - Chris Tanev

Michael Del Zotto - Troy Stecher

Derrick Pouliot - Erik Gudbranson

Starting Goaltender: Jacob Markstrom

Sick Bay

Antoine Roussel (Concussion)

Forwards

Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Elias Lindholm

Matthew Tkachuk - Mikael Backlund - Austin Czarnik

Dillon Dube - Derek Ryan - James Neal

Sam Bennett - Mark Jankowski - Michael Frolik

Defence

Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin - Michael Stone

Juuso Valimaki - Dalton Prout

Starting Goaltender: Mike Smith

Sick Bay

Travis Hamonic (Facial Fracture)

LOL... Thanks Erik.

Conclusion

All in all this should be a physical, tight-checking game. Watch for Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser to start picking up where they left off last season. Calgary needs to bring more speed to tonights game and get higher-quality chances. Don’t make it easy on the erratic defece of Vancouver. For the Canucks, I want to see us play better defensively and get pucks on net. I thought Chris Tanev had an excellent game on Wednesday, so we will see if he can keep up the good work.

Score Prediction

Van- 3

Cgy- 6

Poll

Will the Canucks win tonight?

This poll is closed

  • 67%
    Yes
    (153 votes)
  • 32%
    No
    (75 votes)
228 votes total Vote Now

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