All of us at Nucks Misconduct would like to send our deepest condolences to former NM writer Wyatt Arndt (aka The Stanchion), on the loss of his father to cancer. Our hearts and thoughts are with you and your family.
Monday’s game was ugly for a lot of reasons. A sub-par effort defensively, especially from the bottom 6. The Canucks top 6 were neutralized all night long, thanks to tight checking and a lot of slack from the officiating crew. And the Micheal Ferland incident was just ugly as he lost his cool and speared a Wild player on their bench. Personally, he should have been suspended instead of just the $5000 fine from DoPS.
So with all that in mind, we turn the focus to Travis Green, who is the one under the microscope tonight. The changes he makes to a fairly ineffective lineup have to lead to a victory for the Canucks. And that means taking guys like Brandon Sutter, Antoine Roussel and Ferland and parking them in place of guys like Zack MacEwan, Jake Virtanen and hell, even Justin Bailey. The Canucks can’t afford to go down 2-0 in this series, the odds are already against them after dropping the first game.
These are from nhl.com, but there will be some changes to the Canucks lineup coming. There has to be, because those guys aren’t gonna get it done.
Wild projected lineup
Unfit to play: Greg Pateryn
Canucks projected lineup
Unfit to play: Josh Leivo
"The defensive side of our game was strong, minus the first 6-7 minutes to start the game." Coach Green breaks down game 1 and looks forward to the next one. pic.twitter.com/lsZla3te6s— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) August 3, 2020
"We have to find a way to get shots through, have traffic at the net and score those playoff-type goals." Miller and Sutter address the media. pic.twitter.com/D8fbVmkdyo— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) August 3, 2020
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
After the let down that came from Monday’s game, we could use a high energy tune to help get us back in this series, and MASTODON are here to help. This brand new one dropped on Saturday, the first track from their new album ‘Medium Rarities’, which comes out on Sept 11. It’s a collection of live tracks, previously unreleased tunes and this new one. Here’s ‘Falling Torches’. Go Canucks Go!