VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
7:30 PM PDT THE BUBBLE @ ROGERS PLACE, EDMONTON, AB
TV: SPORTSNET, CBC,NBCSN. RADIO: SN650.
OPPOSITION BLOG: KNIGHTS ON ICE
Nobody said this would be easy.
And remember, the Vancouver Canucks aren’t really supposed to be here. That being said, they’ve done a remarkable job of responding to adversity in these pandemic playoffs. Every time their opponent looked to be getting back into this series, or even taking control of it, there was a response. We can expect one tonight from Travis Green and his crew.
Frustrating loss last night? Of course. Vegas got all the bounces and withstood the storm, while making the most of their chances. Sound familiar? It should, because it’s been the way they’ve gotten through the post-season thus far. This isn’t rocket science, they just have to get back to what’s worked and avoid getting caught doing what hasn’t. The Canucks have yet to face elimination in this post-season, and while there’s no shame in going down to a team like the Golden Knights, I don’t think that any of us are ready to see this unexpected playoff run come to an end just yet. And neither are the Canucks.
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: Patrick Brown, Dylan Coghlan, Oscar Dansk, Reid Duke, Deryk Engelland, Nicolas Hague, Keegan Kolesar, Peyton Krebs, Jon Merrill, Gage Quinney
Unfit to play: Tomas Nosek
Canucks projected lineup
Tanner Pearson — Elias Pettersson — Tyler Toffoli
J.T. Miller — Bo Horvat — Brock Boeser
Antoine Roussel — Adam Gaudette — Brandon Sutter
Tyler Motte — Jay Beagle — Jake Virtanen
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, Loui Eriksson
Unfit to play: Micheal Ferland, Josh Leivo, Tyler Myers
It shouldn’t be a shock if both squads decide to go with their backup goaltenders tonight, and there have been rumblings on Twitter that Vegas will do just that and start Marc-Andre Fleury. Personally, I think giving Jacob Markstrom a night off and allowing Thatcher Demko to have this one is going to serve them well win or lose, because either way it gives Marky some rest heading into Game 5 and that could end up being a huge thing.
One thing was pretty obvious from last night’s game, is that J.T. Miller is playing with an injury. From not taking faceoffs to his shot having nothing on it, he’s definitely hurting, and that is a big blow to the Canucks chances. Who’s gonna step up tonight?
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN:
In an old school mood today, so for tonight’s Trial By Fire, let’s throw on some ‘The New Order’ era TESTAMENT. Go Canucks Go!