VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
7:30PM PDT THE BUBBLE @ ROGERS PLACE, EDMONTON, AB
TV: SPORTSNET, CBC,NBCSN. RADIO: SN650.
OPPOSITION BLOG: KNIGHTS ON ICE
Just breathe, okay?
No one said this was going to be easy, and after a hard fought and emotional series win over St Louis with a short turn around time, the result of Sunday’s game is not that surprising. So let’s look forward at the stuff that matters, not the chirping or any of the other nonsense that went on. A win tonight and the Canucks are right back in this. Don’t forget, they got shutout in Game 1 against Minnesota, too.
Obviously they’re going to have to get a very disciplined Vegas team to take more penalties, and this is doable, as we saw the same scenario playing out against the Blues. They also need to keep their composure and not respond to Ryan Reeves and the rest of the Golden Knights chirp squad. I will say it’s pretty amusing to hear so many media people come out and talk about the 2011 Canucks arrogance, perceived or not, as a reason why people couldn’t get behind them, then those same talking heads gush about Vegas. We see you, and we don’t forget.
The Golden Knights made things miserable for the Canucks best players on Sunday, and when that was happening, Travis Green responded with line adjustments that helped create time, space and situations to allow his players to succeed. They’ll be ready to do the same tonight, guaranteed.
And, expect a bounce back game from Jacob Markstrom. He’s had a phenomenal season, one sub-par game where he got hung out to dry a bit by the team’s defensive play is hardly a reason to panic.
From nhl.com here’s what we can expect tonight:
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
Golden Knights projected lineup
Max Pacioretty — William Karlsson — Mark Stone
Reilly Smith — Paul Stastny — Jonathan Marchessault
Nick Cousins — Nicolas Roy — Alex Tuch
William Carrier — Chandler Stephenson — Ryan Reaves
Shea Theodore — Alec Martinez
Brayden McNabb — Nate Schmidt
Zach Whitecloud — Nick Holden
Scratched: Dylan Coghlan, Oscar Dansk, Reid Duke, Deryk Engelland, Nicolas Hague, Keegan Kolesar, Peyton Krebs, Jon Merrill, Gage Quinney, Patrick Brown
Unfit to play: Tomas Nosek
Listen in as Coach Green, Chris Tanev and Tanner Pearson Zoom with the media. https://t.co/pXRM0yNQws— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) August 24, 2020
"You can’t get too high and you can’t get too low. Win a game and move on as fast as possible, same with losing a game. The next game is a new game and the last one doesn’t really matter." - Pearson— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) August 24, 2020
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN:
In honour of The Metal God’s 69th birthday (nice!), here’s some classic Rob Halford vocal insanity as we throw some ‘Steeler’ off Judas Priest’s 1980 album ‘British Steel’. Go Canucks Go!