Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights
Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
When: 7:00 PM PST
Where to watch: SNP, ATTSN-RM
Where to listen: Sportsnet650
Opposition Blog: Knights On Ice
And then the world as we know it, changed. We knew it could happen, but we hoped that it wasn’t quite time. After 17 seasons, Daniel and Henrik, the face(s) of the Canucks are saying goodbye. It’s very sudden, and I think the immediacy of it is intensifying the emotions we’re all feeling about this. Yes, we’re left with a treasure trove of amazing plays. We’re also left with a legacy of sportsmanship, leadership and community service that has set a high bar for Canucks present and future to live up to. And while I am sure we’re all thankful for being able to enjoy them for nearly 2 decades, it doesn’t make it hurt any less that the end is mere hours away.
Alright, let’s try and keep it together. Three games left, the only one against a playoff-bound team is tonight with Vegas rolling into town. It’s hard to accurately pin down just how to feel about this team. Sure, it’s a great story. And the fact that some guys who weren’t getting a fair shake because of numbers on their former teams are a big part of this is pretty neat. But I think the optics look terrible overall, because the amount of help given to this team to help them succeed when all who came before them had to struggle taints any success they have. It’s not on them, though. This is all Gary’s doing. It’s like they’re a vanity project for him.
Anyway, they come into the game tonight with the 1st star of the week William Karlsson, who is just a couple days removed from scoring this goal:
Not as ridiculous as the possibility of Luca Sbisa ending up with his name on the Stanley Cup, but still pretty ridiculous.
I would update the Tankwatch 2018 standings, but it just feels like rubbing salt into open wounds right now. They cannot finish last, and honestly given the schedule of those below them, I can’t see them dropping any further, save for Arizona beating them on Thursday (and I now believe the Canucks will win out the rest of their games this season, which might be the most ridiculous thing of all, yet so in keeping with the history of this squad).
The only thing to really watch will be just how much time Travis Green gives Hank and Danny. I would imagine there’s an increase in ice time if for no other reason than to give the fans what they’re coming to see. A last chance at witnessing some Wizardous Sedinery.
From theprovince.com here’s your projected lineups for tonight.
Nikolay Goldobin — Bo Horvat — Jussi Jokinen
Daniel Sedin — Henrik Sedin — Sam Gagner
Darren Archibald — Brandon Sutter — Tyler Motte
Brandon Leipsic — Adam Gaudette — Jake Virtanen
Alex Edler — Troy Stecher
Michael Del Zotto — Derrick Pouliot
Ashton Sautner — Alex Biega
Expected: Jacob Markstrom
Reid Boucher (broken hand)
Chris Tanev (knee sprain)
Brock Boeser (back)
Sven Baertschi (shoulder)
Loui Eriksson (rib)
Erik Gudbranson (shoulder surgery)
Markus Granlund (ankle surgery)
Derek Dorsett (neck surgery, retired)
Nathan Marschessault — William Karlsson — Alex Tuch
Tomas Tatar — Erik Haula — James Neal
Oscar Lindberg — Cody Eakin — Ryan Reaves
Tomas Nosek — Pierre-Edouard Bellemare — Ryan Carpenter
Brayden McNabb — Nate Schmidt
Deryk Engelland — Shea Theodore
Colin Miller — Jon Merrill
Expected: Marc-Andre Fleury
Clayton Stoner (abdomen)
David Clarkson (back)
Mikhail Grabovski (concussion)
Will Carrier (undisclosed)
Luca Sbisa (undisclosed)
Reilly Smith (upper body)
David Perron (undisclosed)
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Swedish metal to celebrate the Swedish Kings? Absolutely. From their stunning ‘Blackwater Park’ album, Opeth’s ‘Bleak’ sums things up today.