VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs ST LOUIS BLUES
6:30PM PDT THE BUBBLE @ ROGERS PLACE, EDMONTON, AB
TV: SPORTSNET, CBC,NBCSN, FS-MW. RADIO: SN650.
OPPOSITION BLOG: ST LOUIS GAME TIME
Two big storylines are the focus as we head into the first elimination game of this series tonight in Edmonton. First, is whether Alexander Edler is ready to go after suffering a terrifying skate cut to the side of his face. He did not return on Wednesday night, but we’re hearing that he might be good to go tonight.
Hearing early word on Edler is he should be fine but the Canucks will know more on him later on today.— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) August 20, 2020
At the other end of the ice, there appears to be some discussion about whether the Blues should start Jake Allen or Jordan Binnington. I’m sorry, is that a -grabs a megaphone- GOALTENDING CONTROVERSY????
Imagine a world where it doesn’t involve the Canucks. That’s some wild, wacky stuff. In all honesty, I think the Canucks don’t have a preference, because they’ve shown they’re able to score on either guy, especially off the rush in this series. It’s gonna be a battle, but again the pressure is all on the Blues again tonight,
The Canucks came through with a big effort in Game 5, ticking off all the boxes that they needed to for the victory. They managed to do a decent job neutralizing the Ryan O’Reilly line. They got some clutch scoring from bottom 6 guys. They got another one of those “OMG MARKSTROM” nights out of Jacob Markstrom. And they did it all without Alex Edler for a big chunk of the game. The push is coming, but if they have Edler back in, they can do this. The winner of this series is fated to face the Vegas Golden Knights. Let’s worry about that when we need to worry about that. Tonight, it’s time to make St Louis sing the Blues.
From nhl.com this is what we will probably see tonight:
Blues projected lineup
Jaden Schwartz — Ryan O’Reilly — David Perron
Oskar Sundqvist — Brayden Schenn — Tyler Bozak
Zach Sanford — Robert Thomas — Sammy Blais
Ivan Barbashev — Jacob de la Rose — Jordan Kyrou
Justin Faulk — Alex Pietrangelo
Marco Scandella — Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn — Robert Bortuzzo
Scratched: Troy Brouwer, Ville Husso, Mackenzie MacEachern, Klim Kostin, Austin Poganski, Niko Mikkola, Derrick Pouliot, Jake Walman
Unfit to play: Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexander Steen, Carl Gunnarsson
Canucks projected lineup
J.T. Miller — Elias Pettersson - Jake Virtanen
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat - Brock Boeser
Antoine Roussel — Adam Gaudette — Brandon Sutter
Tyler Motte — Jay Beagle — Loui Eriksson
Alexander Edler — Troy Stecher
Quinn Hughes — Christopher Tanev
Oscar Fantenberg — Jordie Benn
Scratched: Olli Juolevi, Justin Bailey, Jalen Chatfield, Louis Domingue, Tyler Graovac, Brogan Rafferty
Unfit to play: Micheal Ferland, Josh Leivo, Tyler Toffoli, Tyler Myers
Seeing rumblings they’ll go with Binnington tonight. Seems like a good night for Elias Pettersson to make them regret that. Also seeing that should this go to a Game Seven, that Tyler Toffoli could be available. This is awesome news for the Canucks, giving them that much more offensive punch and experience should they need it, and definitely in the Second Round.
GAME DAY RUMBLINGS:
LIVE: Hear from Coach Green, Elias Pettersson, Jordie Benn & Troy Stecher during today's media call. https://t.co/reL6hfYzYx— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) August 20, 2020
From pre-game coffee in the plaza to Mario Kart in the players' lounge, @Canucks goaltender @domingue35 give us a look at life Inside the Edmonton Bubble.— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 21, 2020
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GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN:
Vancouver thrashers doing a damn fine job of covering Canadian thrash legends SACRIFICE in our GDBH today. ‘In Defiance’ is from their 2019 EP ‘No Luck For Canucks’. That changes tonight, in defiance of history. We march on, friends. Go Canucks Go!