VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
7:00PM PST ROGERS ARENA, VANCOUVER, BC
TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC. RADIO: SN650.
OPPOSITION BLOG: JACKETS CANNON
Coming off one of the more impressive wins of the season to snap a 4 game losing streak, the Canucks look to start a streak in the opposite direction as they take on the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets at home. Now, perhaps we should put an asterisk beside the word struggling, because one of the two wins in the last 13 they have came one week ago in Columbus against... the Vancouver Canucks.
And while they were able to get back into a playoff spot after briefly dropping below the bar, they cannot afford to take a night off the rest of the way if they want to make it, and get the two points in games like this one. That means a defensive effort more like the one we saw in the last half of the game Friday night against Colorado, where they did an outstanding job of limiting Colorado shooting opportunities after giving 17 shots in the first period. Thatcher Demko’s good, but he’s so much better when you give him the support he needs.
Blue Jackets projected lineup
Alexander Wennberg — Pierre-Luc Dubois — Emil Bemstrom
Nick Foligno — Boone Jenner — Gustav Nyquist
Eric Robinson — Riley Nash — Kevin Stenlund
Jakob Lilja — Devin Shore — Stefan Matteau
Zach Werenski — Markus Nutivaara
Vladislav Gavrikov — David Savard
Scott Harrington — Andrew Peeke
Scratched: Ryan MacInnis, Gabriel Carlsson
Injured: Seth Jones (ankle), Josh Anderson (shoulder), Cam Atkinson (ankle), Oliver Bjorkstrand (ankle), Brandon Dubinsky (wrist), Nathan Gerbe (groin), Dean Kukan (knee), Alexandre Texier (back), Ryan Murray (undisclosed)
Canucks projected lineup
J.T. Miller — Elias Pettersson — Tyler Toffoli
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Loui Eriksson
Antoine Roussel — Adam Gaudette — Zack MacEwen
Tyler Motte — Brandon Sutter — Jake Virtanen
Alexander Edler — Troy Stecher
Quinn Hughes — Christopher Tanev
Oscar Fantenberg — Tyler Myers
Scratched: Guillaume Brisebois , Jordie Benn
Injured: Jay Beagle (lower body), Micheal Ferland (concussion), Josh Leivo (knee), Tyler Graovac (lower body), Brock Boeser (rib), Jacob Markstrom (lower body)
No change from Fridays lineup for the Canucks, and there is some good news as Brock Boeser has begun practicing with the team again, and that’s good news as they get ready for a California road swing later in the week. Jay Beagle still isn’t skating yet, but we should get an update later in the week.
GAME DAY CHATTER:
“We’re going to be ready to go tonight... Last game was a good idea for what we have to do to be able to win.” - Horvat on tonight’s game against the Blue Jackets— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 8, 2020
“It’s always exciting to skate with the guys and it feels good to be out there. I felt pretty good out there so hopefully I’ll be back soon.” - Boeser— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 8, 2020
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN:
A couple weeks ago we played the first track off the new TESTAMENT album ‘Titans Of Creation’, and today we’ve got another one for you called ‘Children Of The Next Level’. It’s out on April 3 from Nuclear Blast Records.