After knocking off Colorado and Chicago, the Canucks look to make it 3 in a row, but will have a much tougher opponent tonight as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning in their last home contest before a 4 game road swing that will bring them to... Florida, as well as Carolina and Dallas. It’s a tough month, with 3 sets of back to backs, and each of them featuring 3 games in 4 nights. Awesome scheduling, Gary.
Tonight marks game #1300 for the Captain, Henrik Sedin. It’s a remarkable milestone for any NHL player, but even more so for someone to do with the same team. Henrik, Thomas Vanek and Michael Del Zotto are the only Canucks to not miss a game this season.
Two guys who won’t be playing tonight? Ben Hutton and Sam Gagner. Hutton is once again a healthy scratch, while Gagner is out after suffering an upper body injury sustained when he made a hit in the game against the Blackhawks. Nic Dowd will return to the lineup in place of Gagner.
Tonight they take on a team that quite frankly should scare the crap out of their opponents. The Lightning have been impressive as hell this year, scoring a ton of goals, and not letting in many. Like, we’re talking a +51 goal differential.
"Everyone knows how many tremendous players they have." Tanev comments on facing the highest scoring squad in the league. pic.twitter.com/qZHTmviiUA— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 3, 2018
They’ve allowed just 3 less than the Canucks have scored this season. So if the Canucks can keep Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, Vladislav Namestnikov, Tyler Johnson AND Yanni Gourde off the scoresheet, maybe they have a chance. Maybe.
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Tampa death metal legends Obituary are hitting the road this year with Pallbearer, Skeletonwitch and Dust Bolt. Killer lineup, and Obituary is an amazing live act. From their album ‘Obituary’, here’s their most recent offering for ya.