VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs OTTAWA SENATORS
4:30PM PST CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE, OTTAWA, ON
TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC. RADIO: SN650.
OPPOSITION BLOG: SILVER SEVEN SENS
As this team heads towards clinching a playoff spot for the first time in half a decade, it’s pretty likely that there will be certain games they look back on as momentous victories should they succeed. The Boston stomping? Absolutely. And you can add Tuesday’s win over the Montreal Canadiens to that list.
After struggling to start the game, a time out called by Travis Green seemed to have the desired effect, and they battled back, erasing 2-0 and 3-2 leads to force OT, then absolutely dominated the Habs in the extra frame, sealing the deal on Tyler Toffoli’s GWG. Tonight they take on the Ottawa Senators in a game that the Canucks need to make sure they aren’t guilty of playing down to their opponent’s level.
The Sens are in the midst of a rebuild that, should they not screw things up, could leave them as an absolute beast in a couple years time. With 3(!!!) first round picks in this year’s draft, plus a ton of others from dealing away players over the last couple seasons, they’re going to put together a really nice core of prospects to surround Brady Tkachuk and Thomas Chabot with. In the meantime, they’re still a pretty bad team, and there’s not really much excuse for the Canucks to lose to them.
The Canucks should roll with the same lineup as we saw on Tuesday. Tyler Myers missed practice yesterday with an illness, but should be good to go this afternoon.
Canucks projected lineup
J.T. Miller — Elias Pettersson — Tyler Toffoli
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Loui Eriksson
Antoine Roussel — Adam Gaudette — Jake Virtanen
Tyler Motte — Jay Beagle — Brandon Sutter
Quinn Hughes — Christopher Tanev
Alexander Edler — Troy Stecher
Oscar Fantenberg — Tyler Myers
Scratched: Zack MacEwen, Jordie Benn
Injured: Jacob Markstrom (lower body), Brock Boeser (ribs), Josh Leivo (kneecap), Micheal Ferland (concussion symptoms), Tyler Graovac (lower body)
Senators projected lineup
Brady Tkachuk — Josh Norris — Bobby Ryan
Rudolfs Balcers — Chris Tierney — Connor Brown
Mikkel Boedker — Matthew Peca — Scott Sabourin
Nick Paul — Artem Anisimov — Jayce Hawryluk
Thomas Chabot — Ron Hainsey
Mike Reilly — Nikita Zaitsev
Andreas Englund — Christian Jaros
Injured: Anders Nilsson (concussion), Mark Borowiecki (high ankle sprain), Colin White (undisclosed), Anthony Duclair (lower body).
GAME DAY CHATTER:
Special delivery to the canucks locker room where we chug maple syrup on the road to playoffs! Let’s get a W tonight @vasekpospisil @kyk957 erabliereausucredor à Ottawa, Ontario https://t.co/N1EMYvAs6v— Antoine Roussel (@Rous_ant) February 27, 2020
Is this gonna become a thing? Not sure my doctor would approve, but if this is what it takes to get them into the playoffs, pass the syrup...
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN:
ICE T’s metal band BODY COUNT have a new album dropping next week, and damn it this is a catchy AF ripper from them. The album is called ‘Carnivore’, so check out ‘Bum Rush’. Enjoy the game!