Vancouver Canucks (27-30-9) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (41-21-4)
Where: ROG, Vancouver, BC
When: 6:00 pm PST
Where to Watch: Sportsnet Pacific, CBC, Anywhere in the Universe (That’s Important)
SB Nation Opposition Blog: Pension Plan Puppets
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: This is the MOST Important game of the year. Against the MOST important team in the universe. This most important game is especially important in the Center of the Universe. The most important universe in the multi-verse.
Because of its most importance, the start time is moved forward to be better appreciated in the more important parts of the country...er...universe.
All the important eyes will be watching this game. A game that most here at NM aren’t important enough to get a seat in the nosebleed section of the internet.
If you were looking forward to this most important game, you may have been looking from early February when the Canucks had a full roster to deploy and lose against the most important Tanker Team of 2016 and most important UFA signing of 2018.
Expect the game will be more important to the Canucks than their disposable game that was left in a dumpster to burn in Vegas.
As the March of Doom continues, the Faeries are keeping the beat. Out tonight playing fantasy hockey in the infirmary are Hutton and Spooner. It’s ok, because we have massive depth in the D-corp. Which means Pouliot will be back in ‘action’. Brisebois has been recalled too.
From the Province, here’s what we can expect lineup-wise
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Nikolay Goldobin
Josh Leivo — Elias Pettersson — Brock Boeser
Antoine Roussel — Adam Gaudette — Markus Granlund
Loui Eriksson — Jay Beagle — Tyler Motte
Alex Edler — Troy Stecher
Derrick Pouliot — Alex Biega
Ashton Sautner — Luke Schenn
Goalies: Jacob Markstrom, Thatcher Demko
MOST IMPORTANT LEAFS’ LINES
Zach Hyman — John Tavares — Mitch Marner
Andreas Johnsson — Auston Matthews — Kasperi Kapanen
Patrick Marleau — William Nylander — Connor Brown
Tyler Ennis — Nic Petan — Trevor Moore
Morgan Reilly — Ron Hainsey
Jake Muzzin — Nikita Zaitsev
Martin Marincin — Igor Ozhiganov
Goalies: Frederik Andersen, Garret Sparks
SICK FAERIES BAY
Canucks: Ryan Spooner (groin, day-to-day), Ben Hutton (shot block, day-to-day), Chris Tanev, (ankle, IR), Brandon Sutter (sports hernia, surgery), Jake Virtanen (rib fracture, IR)
Leafs: Nazem Kadri (concussion, day-to-day), Jake Gardiner (back, day-to-day), Travis Dermott (shoulder, day-to-day)
Canucks: 29th (15%)
Leafs: 7th (22.7%)
Canucks: 16th (80.2%)
Leafs: 20th (79.9%)
There it is. Very evenly matched. The MOST important roster versus the almost as important Faery Fodder.
Is this game really as important as the hype portrays it? Who can say, but the really important pundits. We do know that this will not be the most important loss of the Nucks season, so that’s some cold comfort to take to the ice box.
Josh is looking forward to the game, even if he’s trying to keep his identity hooded.
"I feel re-energized and happy to be a part of this organization." @jleivo17 discusses his time in Toronto and his opportunity in Vancouver, as he gets set to face his former team. pic.twitter.com/Ua2kZskyaS— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) March 6, 2019
Enjoy the important parts of the game!
(NOTE: No pre-game devil’s music because, we’re depressed enough.)