VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
6:00 PM PDT THE BUBBLE @ ROGERS PLACE, EDMONTON, AB
TV: SPORTSNET, CBC,NBCSN. RADIO: SN650.
OPPOSITION BLOG: KNIGHTS ON ICE
It’s all you can really hope for in the Canucks’ situation. One game to decide it all. And you can look at how they were outplayed through massive stretches again, but just like they did against St Louis, Vancouver showed that if you give this team a sniff, they will make you regret it.
It’s been a strange series, hasn’t it? If the Canucks can pull this off, one of the things that you can honestly say about it, was that Vegas lost because they didn’t get the goaltending they needed from Robin Lehner. The same Robin Lehner who shut the Canucks out twice in this series. Absolutely mindblowing. And let’s not kid ourselves here: there’s no way in hell that this series should have even gone to a Game Six let alone a Seventh and deciding game. This Canucks team doesn’t care about narratives, or what should happen. They’ve just gone out since this whole thing started and went to work crushing Stanley Cup dreams of teams better than they are.
If this ends tonight, don’t hang your heads. We got 17 playoff games from the Vancouver Canucks this year if they lose tonight, If I had told you that they’d get swept in the first round, I think a lot of you would be like me and be okay with that, because after a half decade of futility and frustration they were playing games that mattered, If they win tonight? Hang on to your butts, because we’re living in a world that’s crazy, the Vancouver Canucks winning the Stanley Cup is one of the few things that actually makes sense.
Courtesy nhl.com, here’s what we should see tonight:
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
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
No changes for the Canucks, as Thatcher Demko gets to build on yet another incredible storyline in this chapter of Canucks history. As far as Vegas, they have a problem in goal. Robin Lehner has lost every game that Vancouver’s scored in, so do they put him in and hope for a shutout when it’s starting to look like the Canucks are in his head, or go with Fleury, who has never lost to the Canucks. This decision could have a huge impact on the future of this Vegas squad,
Let's talk all things Game 7️⃣! Hear from Coach Green, Alex Edler and Tanner Pearson, who is 7-0 in his career in Game 7s. https://t.co/GBVhn2g9JC— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) September 4, 2020
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN:
It’s like it was written for this moment... Enjoy the game. Win or lose, this has been so much damn fun, eh? Go Canucks Go!