VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
6:45 PM PDT THE BUBBLE @ ROGERS PLACE, EDMONTON, AB
TV: SPORTSNET, CBC,NBCSN. RADIO: SN650.
OPPOSITION BLOG: KNIGHTS ON ICE
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty here: This could still end badly tonight and that will be the end of it. But there’s something about this team that’s just so damn compelling, it just feels like it couldn’t possibly end yet. And the hockey gods being who they are, have decided that the mountain they must climb just isn’t steep enough.
Michael DiPietro has been deemed "unfit to play", the @Canucks announce and Jake Kielly has been recalled.— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) September 3, 2020
DiPietro was in Vancouver, while remaining under "Phase 4" daily testing protocols: https://t.co/b2E3DTuF1w
Jacob Markstrom’s injured groin meant they had to go with Demko, who was stellar in his 2nd playoff appearance, pulling out a 42 save performance in Tuesday’s win. We likely won’t know til closer to the game if Markstrom’s better, and before we figure out who could be in the crease for Game 7, let’s get through Game 6.
There’s a list of guys who need to start scoring in this series, and one of them took his name off that list Tuesday as Brock Boeser scored the tying goal and helped set up the winner from Elias Pettersson. J.T, Miller has yet to score, though he did have a 3 assist night in the Game 2 win. But tonight they’re gonna need someone like Jake Virtanen, Adam Gaudette or Round 1 hero Tyler Motte to bust out and push this thing to a damn Game 7 like Trevor Linden did against the Flames in 1994. Coming back from being down 3-1 is hard, but it can be done.
Golden Knights projected lineup
Max Pacioretty — William Karlsson — Mark Stone
Jonathan Marchessault — Paul Stastny — Reilly Smith
Nick Cousins — Nicolas Roy — Alex Tuch
William Carrier — Chandler Stephenson — Ryan Reaves
Alec Martinez — Shea Theodore
Brayden McNabb — Nate Schmidt
Nick Holden — Zach Whitecloud
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
Canucks projected lineup
J.T. Miller — Elias Pettersson — Brock Boeser
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Tyler Toffoli
Antoine Roussel — Adam Gaudette — Brandon Sutter
Tyler Motte — Jay Beagle — Jake Virtanen
Alexander Edler — Troy Stecher
Quinn Hughes — Christopher Tanev
Oscar Fantenberg — Tyler Myers
Scratched: Olli Juolevi, Justin Bailey, Jalen Chatfield, Tyler Graovac, Brogan Rafferty, Loui Eriksson, Jordie Benn
Unfit to play: Micheal Ferland, Josh Leivo, Jacob Markstrom
We don’t know if Markstrom’s better or not, nor do we know if Vegas is going to try and return with Fleury after seeing Lehner in goal for both Canucks wins.
Just gonna throw this out here...
John tells us #Canucks lobbied #NHL for an extra day between Game 6 & Game 7 vs #VegasBorn, which are scheduled for Thursday & Friday. So much so, chairman Francesco Aquilini called league & team offered to play back-to-back G1/G2 if advancing to Rd 3 of #StanleyCupPlayoffs. https://t.co/sbbFAvkl6P— Matthew Sekeres (@mattsekeres) September 2, 2020
Also, apologies for the giant picture of John Shannon.
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
30 years ago today JUDAS PRIEST made a massive return to form with the release of ‘Painkiller’. After the disappointing ‘Turbo’ album, some felt the band was done, only to see them release this jaw-dropper of heaviness, combining all of the things we love about this band, only heavier than ever and with the addition of drummer Scott Travis, who breathed new life into the band. Tonight, the Canucks need to come out with All Guns Blazing. Enjoy the game, and if it’s the last one, we’re still happy you went on this run with us. Go Canucks Go.