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GAME DAY PREVIEW- Game 58: Canucks vs Chicago

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It’s a night we’ve all been looking forward to as the Canucks raise the numbers of Daniel and Henrik Sedin to the rafters.

Canucks v Coyotes Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images/NHLI

VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

7:00PM PST ROGERS ARENA, VANCOUVER, BC

TV: SPORTSNET, SN360. RADIO: SN650.

OPPOSITION BLOG: SECOND CITY HOCKEY.

It felt a little bit like the Canucks were fired up on Monday night against Nashville, coming out of it with a big two points thanks to another huge night from the power play, as well as big performances from Quinn Hughes and Jacob Markstrom. Expect them to be even more stoked tonight as the raise the numbers of Daniel and Henrik Sedin to the rafters at the Jersey Retirement ceremony that gets underway at 6pm.

In a way it’s kind of fitting that it’s Chicago in town for this one. For almost half a decade, the Canucks and Blackhawks rivalry was the best in the NHL, and despite what anyone says, these games still have emotion attached to them. Just listen anytime Patrick Kane or Duncan Keith touch the puck tonight. And make no bones about it, they want to spoil this party in the worst way. Instead, let’s hope the boys hammer a nail into the Hawks post-season coffin tonight with a win for Danny and Hank.

LINEUPS:

Courtesy nhl.com, here’s what both teams should be putting out for tonight’s contest:

Blackhawks projected lineup

Dominik KubalikJonathan ToewsDrake Caggiula

Brandon SaadKirby DachPatrick Kane

Alex DeBrincatDavid KampfAlex Nylander

Zack SmithRyan CarpenterMatthew Highmore

Duncan KeithErik Gustafsson

Adam BoqvistConnor Murphy

Slater KoekkoekOlli Maatta

Corey Crawford

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Dylan Strome, Nick Seeler

Injured: Brent Seabrook (shoulder), Calvin de Haan (shoulder), Andrew Shaw (concussion)

Canucks projected lineup

J.T. MillerBo HorvatZack MacEwen

Tanner PearsonElias PetterssonJake Virtanen

Antoine RousselAdam GaudetteBrandon Sutter

Justin BaileyJay BeagleLoui Eriksson

Quinn HughesChristopher Tanev

Alexander EdlerTroy Stecher

Jordie BennTyler Myers

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Guillaume Brisebois, Tim Schaller

Injured: Brock Boeser (upper body), Oscar Fantenberg (concussion), Tyler Motte (upper body), Josh Leivo (kneecap), Micheal Ferland (concussion symptoms), Tyler Graovac (lower body)

No changes for the Canucks tonight, and you have to wonder if scoring on Monday night bought Jamie Benn another crack at staying in the lineup?

GAME DAY CHATTER:

The Canucks kicked off the 2020 portion of this season with a win over the Hawks in a wild one that finished 7-5 thanks to a 4 point night from J.T. Miller.

There’s still lots to celebrate with Danny and Hank this week, and we’re going to have more stuff coming up over the coming days, but remember this: tonight is about them, and about us. A chance for Canucks fans to show their appreciation for two of the best to ever play the game. Tune out the shittalkers on social media tonight and just remember how fortunate we were that these guys played their whole damn careers here. The other franchises would have been extremely lucky to have not just Daniel and Henrik Sedin the players, but the people as well. Legends in both respects.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN:

Tomorrow is a huge day in the world of heavy metal, as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first true heavy metal album, the self titled debut from BLACK SABBATH. It was very much the blueprint for an entire new genre, taking a number of elements that had been done before, and combined to make something new, and magical. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, I thank you for creating something that has been so important to myself and millions the world over. Off that legendary album here’s ‘N.I.B.’