VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
4:00PM PST AIR CANADA CENTRE, TORONTO, ON
TV: SPORTSNET, CBC. RADIO: SN650.
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Ever get the feeling sometimes that this team is just daring us to believe in them, before yanking the metaphorical football away like Lucy did to Charlie Brown countless times? I swear, everytime we get one of those gutsy, performances like the one they had in Montreal, they follow it up with an absolute stinker like Thursday’s disaster in Ottawa. It’s so frustrating as a fan, but certainly something we’re used to.
Tonight they’re playing a much better team than they faced in the Nation’s capital, but one that’s ripe for the picking. Injuries have hit the Leafs defence core in a pretty horrible way, with 2⁄3 of their normal starting Dmen out with injuries. It’s something the Canucks should be able to exploit tonight.
It’s also a pretty big game for a couple Canucks players. It’s the first visit to the ACC for Elias Pettersson, who was injured the last time the Canucks played here. It’s also the first game here for Quinn Hughes, who spent a lot of time in Toronto as a child when his father David was the team’s Director of Player Development.
The last time these teams met was another one of those Lucy games, a disappointing no-show on home ice. Let’s hope they can return the favour tonight and keep things rolling towards locking down a playoff spot.
By the way, longtime Canucks blogger @tinfoiltoque is running a Money on The Board for tonight’s game, with all of the proceeds going to BC Children’s Hospital. Let’s show Canucks Nation that Nucks Misconduct cares, and get some representation there! There’s prizes that he’s giving away, so if you can give, please do so!
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Canucks projected lineup
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Loui Eriksson
J.T. Miller — Elias Pettersson — Tyler Toffoli
Antoine Roussel — Adam Gaudette — Jake Virtanen
Tyler Motte — Jay Beagle — Brandon Sutter
Alexander Edler — Troy Stecher
Quinn Hughes — Christopher Tanev
Oscar Fantenberg — Tyler Myers
Scratched: Jordie Benn, Zack MacEwen
Injured: Micheal Ferland (concussion), Josh Leivo (knee), Tyler Graovac (lower body), Brock Boeser (rib), Jacob Markstrom (lower body)
Maple Leafs projected lineup
Zach Hyman — Auston Matthews — Mitchell Marner
William Nylander — John Tavares — Alexander Kerfoot
Kyle Clifford — Jason Spezza — Kasperi Kapanen
Pierre Engvall — Frederik Gauthier — Denis Malgin
Martin Marincin — Tyson Barrie
Travis Dermott — Justin Holl
Rasmus Sandin — Calle Rosen
Scratched: Timothy Liljegren
Injured: Ilya Mikheyev (wrist laceration), Morgan Rielly (fractured foot), Cody Ceci (ankle), Andreas Johnsson (meniscus), Jake Muzzin (broken hand)
GAME DAY CHATTER:
Quinn Hughes discusses his childhood memories surrounding the Maple Leafs ahead of playing in Toronto for the first time. pic.twitter.com/mwuIepnQL9— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 29, 2020
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN:
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