VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs ST LOUIS BLUES
3:30PM PDT THE BUBBLE @ ROGERS PLACE, EDMONTON, AB
TV: SPORTSNET, NHL NETWORK, FS-MW. RADIO: SN650.
OPPOSITION BLOG: ST LOUIS GAME TIME
4 down, 15 to go. It will take 19 wins without dropping 4 to any one team to win the Stanley Cup this year, and the Canucks took another step Wednesday night with a big 5-2 win over the St Louis Blues. Bo Horvat led the way with 2 goals, they got 2 point nights from J.T. Miller, Brock Boeser and Tanner Pearson, a goal from Elias Pettersson, and the game winner from Troy Stecher, whose emotional celebration in honour of his recently deceased father shook Canucks Nation to its very core. You can sit there and be mad about the ill-advised tweet they made mocking reactions to the Miller trade, but if you’re still talking about it today other than to say “moving on...”, you need to re-focus.
Focus on the Canucks having won 4 straight now. Focus on them using their special teams to make a difference. Focus on this team, that looked so bloody lost not that long ago now finding ways to grind out wins. Is it possible this all goes south, and they don’t win another game in this series? Of course. But dammit, it’s downright inspirational the way this team has bought in on Travis Green’s message: “Why not us?”
There’s going to be push back tonight, naturally. The Blues are going to try and work the officials to get even more power plays. They’re going to try and take liberties against Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes. And they’re gonna throw everything they have at Jacob Markstrom tonight. The key for the Canucks is to keep their composure, do their best to stay out of the box and continue feasting on the Blues PK. And they need to continue to frustrate the Blues by clogging up the shooting lanes and blocking shots.
From nhl.com, here’s what we should see today:
Canucks projected lineup
J.T. Miller — Elias Pettersson — Brock Boeser
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Loui Eriksson
Antoine Roussel — Brandon Sutter — Jake Virtanen
Tyler Motte — Jay Beagle — Zack MacEwen
Alexander Edler — Troy Stecher
Quinn Hughes — Christopher Tanev
Oscar Fantenberg — Tyler Myers
Scratched: Olli Juolevi, Justin Bailey, Jordie Benn, Jalen Chatfield, Louis Domingue, Adam Gaudette, Tyler Graovac, Brogan Rafferty
Unfit to play: Micheal Ferland, Josh Leivo, Tyler Toffoli
Blues projected lineup
Jaden Schwartz — Brayden Schenn — Vladimir Tarasenko
Zach Sanford — Ryan O’Reilly — David Perron
Oskar Sundqvist — Robert Thomas — Tyler Bozak
Mackenzie MacEachern — Jacob de la Rose — Troy Brouwer
Carl Gunnarsson — Alex Pietrangelo
Marco Scandella — Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn — Justin Faulk
Scratched: Ivan Barbashev, Jordan Kyrou, Ville Husso, Robert Bortuzzo, Klim Kostin, Austin Poganski, Niko Mikkola, Derrick Pouliot, Jake Walman
Unfit to play: Sammy Blais, Alexander Steen
GAME DAY CHATTER:
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN:
Some more Vancouver metal for you, this time it’s thrashers M16. This is off a live ep recorded in 2014 at Bully’s Studios in New Westminster. Not sure if they’re still active, but they do have a bandcamp site up, so check ‘em out. Go Canucks Go!