VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs ST LOUIS BLUES
7:30PM PDT THE BUBBLE @ ROGERS PLACE, EDMONTON, AB
TV: SPORTSNET, CBC,NBCSN, FS-MW. RADIO: SN650.
OPPOSITION BLOG: ST LOUIS GAME TIME
Frustrating loss? Of course. We knew it was coming, and at least they had to earn it. This one won’t be easy to close out but they can do it. To do that, they’re going to have to make some changes, and try and throw some different looks at the Blues and get them off their game. One change that’s likely to happen is Jake Virtanen coming out of the lineup, and Adam Gaudette slotting back in. What we’ve seen from Virtanen in the post-season is downright disappointing, and I can’t imagine he gets back in barring catastrophic injuries for the Canucks.
One thing they’re also going to need to do is figure out Ryan O’Reilly. He’s having a phenomenal series, and if it wasn’t for his line, this would probably be an elimination game for the Blues tonight. If the Canucks want to go up 3 games to 1, they need to be better 5 on 5, take advantage of last change to try and get some favourable matchups for the Lotto line, and keep the foot on the gas til the last buzzer. They played like they were hoping for Jacob Markstrom to steal the win for them, and he almost did. That’s not a recipe for success, though. Maybe shuffling things up a bit, and even giving Thatcher Demko a start in the back to back could be what they need to get back in the drivers seat.
Remember: this whole playoff thing is basically a year ahead of schedule. So when you see something like this, it’s what should get you excited about what could be coming down the road.
Most points in first 7 #StanleyCup playoff games of career in #Canucks history:— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) August 17, 2020
Elias Pettersson - 9
Quinn Hughes - 9
Pavel Bure - 8
Trevor Linden - 7
Brock Boeser - 7
3 others with 7 pic.twitter.com/R2iTOdm3xo
Blues projected lineup
Jaden Schwartz — Ryan O’Reilly — David Perron
Jordan Kyrou — Brayden Schenn — Tyler Bozak
Zach Sanford — Robert Thomas — Sammy Blais
Oskar Sundqvist — Jacob de la Rose — Mackenzie MacEachern
Carl Gunnarsson — Alex Pietrangelo
Marco Scandella — Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn — Justin Faulk
Scratched: Troy Brouwer, Ivan Barbashev, Ville Husso, Robert Bortuzzo, Klim Kostin, Austin Poganski , Niko Mikkola, Derrick Pouliot, Jake Walman
Unfit to play: Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexander Steen
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 — Jordie Benn
Scratched: Olli Juolevi, Justin Bailey, Jalen Chatfield, Louis Domingue, Adam Gaudette, Tyler Graovac, Brogan Rafferty
Unfit to play: Micheal Ferland, Josh Leivo, Tyler Toffoli, Tyler Myers
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Going old school today, back to 1987 and the title track from ASSAULT’s ‘Survival In The Streets’. Go Canucks Go!