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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks vs Rangers

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We all get to stop complaining about how bad the Canucks are, so that we can watch how bad the Canucks are.

New York Rangers v Vancouver Canucks Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

Vancouver Canucks vs New York Rangers

Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC

When: 7:00 PM PST

Where to watch: Sportsnet Pacific, MSG

Where to listen: Sportsnet650

SB Nation Game Hub

Opposition Blog: https://www.blueshirtbanter.com

If I could get you all to stop throwing things from whatever side of the latest battle between Management supporters and everyone else, we do need to pay attention for a bit. There’s a game to be played.

Tonight could be the last time old friend Alain Vigneault swings by as coach of the New York Rangers. With the Rangers diving headfirst into a rebuild since issuing a written apology to their fans around 3 weeks ago or so, there’s been lots of speculation that AV will not be back next season. And believe me, no one understands the burnout factor with this coach than Canucks fans. AV led this team to some of it’s greatest moments. And then things started spiraling, fast. He couldn’t pull the team out of it’s tail spin and it was clear that a change was needed. It’s looking like history is repeating itself in the Big Apple, and the Rangers are ready to start fresh next season.

And while there’s simply not much left for us to do again this year but watch them play out the games and hope the draft lottery gods finally stop messing with the Canucks, there are some new faces in the lineup tonight that should at least provide something to make you want to watch. Brendan Leipsic will skate on a line with Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser. Tyler Motte will also be in the lineup, but no word yet on when Jussi Jokinen will make his Canucks debut.

The Canucks also announced a 2 year contract extension for Alex Biega today. The deal has an average annual value of $825,000. Given the way the Canucks money is tied up on the back end with Erik Gudbranson, Chris Tanev and Alex Edler, this depth signing isn’t terrible for the Canucks in any way.

The Rangers made a number of changes at the deadline, most notably trading Rick Nash to the Boston Bruins (ew, right?), and the blockbuster with Tampa that sent Ryan McDonagh and JT Miller to the Lightning for Vladislav Namestnikov, Libor Hajek and Brett Howden along with a couple picks. So a much different looking club, as they embrace the road to the lottery after being very much a contender in the Eastern Conference for the past few seasons.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

One of the best ever outta NYC, featuring the legendary Dan Lilker (Anthrax, SOD, Brutal Truth) on bass: NUCLEAR ASSAULT.