Vancouver Canucks (11-16-3) vs Nashville Predators (19-8-1)
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
When: 7:00 pm PST
Where to Watch: Sportsnet Pacific
SB Nation Opposition Blog: On The Forecheck
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: I suppose we’ll get the “Golly, Gee!” positivity out of the way first, alright? The Nashville Predators are a little banged up right now, and if there were ever a time they could be vulnerable to losing to a team that’s not in their stratosphere, it would tonight. And while I am a little gun shy when it comes to guaranteeing wins with this squad, Jason Botchford isn’t. And he’s calling for a Canucks win tonight. Let’s face it: They’re due, and they have managed to get some of their wins this season against elite teams. And while they uh, need to not be good yet, for the well-being of the team and it’s fans, they really need to stop the bleeding here and pull off a big win at home against the best in the West.
I mean, the Canucks could just as easily not win another game this season. It certainly wouldn’t shock me. And recent history suggests this is a team they’re not ready to dance with just yet...
Just a reminder of what happened last time we played the Canucks in December. pic.twitter.com/p8PtqhF5x1— festive cullin (@eelithegoat) December 6, 2018
Meanwhile we can expect a couple lineup changes. Nikolay Goldobin is back in, which is good because I was legit scared Twitter was gonna be burned to the ground. And that means Tim Schaller... sit your ass down! You’re the next contestant on “Ridin The Press Box!”
Morning skate lines for the #Canucks :— Brendan Batchelor (@BatchHockey) December 6, 2018
I also think having DJMDZ eating popcorn is a good look. I will take my chances with Pouliot knowing Troy from Richmond is there to bail him out.
And via nhl.com, here’s a projection of what the Preds should throw at the Canucks tonight:
Ryan Hartman - Ryan Johansen - Kevin Fiala
Eeli Tolvanen - Calle Jarnkrok - Craig Smith
Miikka Salomaki - Colton Sissons - Austin Watson
Frederick Gaudreau - Nick Bonino - Rocco Grimaldi
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Dan Hamhuis - Mattias Ekholm
Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight’s game
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Yeah, so I went and bought some more vinyl today. What? No, I don’t have a problem *Points at Chicky’s shoe collection as a distraction and better example*. Zombie Attack is the first album from beer-soaked German thrashers Tankard. Not as angry as Kreator, nor as evil as Sodom, or as serious as Destruction, they’re the Anthrax of the German Big 4. And while I love all of these bands, I find myself sinking deeper into their catalog as time goes on (and this is a prolific fucking band, man) if for no other reason than to see how many different ways they can sing about their love of fermented malt beverages. This is one of their few non-alcoholic tracks, so enjoy and enjoy the game!
And here’s a bonus track, just because...