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GAME DAY IN THE BUBBLE PREVIEW- CANUCKS VS WILD: GAME TWO

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The Canucks will need to make a statement in this one as they try and battle back against the Wild.

Minnesota Wild v Vancouver Canucks Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

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.

LINEUPS:

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

Jordan GreenwayEric StaalKevin Fiala

Zach PariseJoel Eriksson EkLuke Kunin

Marcus FolignoAlex GalchenyukMats Zuccarello

Ryan DonatoMikko KoivuRyan Hartman

Ryan SuterJared Spurgeon

Jonas BrodinMatt Dumba

Brad HuntCarson Soucy

Alex Stalock

Devan Dubnyk

Scratched: Matt Bartkowski, Louie Belpedio, Luke Johnson, Kaapo Kahkonen, Gerald Mayhew, Brennan Menell, Victor Rask, Kyle Rau, Mat Robson, Nico Sturm

Unfit to play: Greg Pateryn

Canucks projected lineup

J.T. MillerElias PetterssonTyler Toffoli

Tanner PearsonBo HorvatBrock Boeser

Antoine RousselAdam GaudetteMicheal Ferland

Tyler MotteJay BeagleBrandon Sutter

Quinn HughesChristopher Tanev

Alexander EdlerTroy Stecher

Oscar FantenbergTyler Myers

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Justin Bailey, Jordie Benn, Jalen Chatfield, Louis Domingue, Loui Eriksson, Tyler Graovac, Olli Juolevi, Zack MacEwen, Brogan Rafferty, Jake Virtanen

Unfit to play: Josh Leivo

PREGAME CHATTER:

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!