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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Game Three- Canucks @ Calgary

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After a split in Edmonton the Canucks move on to Calgary for a pair of games that aren’t really noteworthy for any particular reason.

Calgary Flames v Vancouver Canucks Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

VANCOUVER CANUCKS (1-1-0) vs CALGARY FLAMES (0-0-1))

SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME- CALGARY, AB

7:00PM PST

TV: SPORTSNET, CBC. RADIO: SPORTSNET 650

OPPOSING BLOG: MATCHSTICKS & GASOLINE

The Canucks hope to get back in the win column tonight as they continue this 4 game season opening road swing with the first of 2 against the Calgary Flames. It’s gonna be a weird night, as we see Christopher Tanev, Jacob Markstrom and Josh Leivo in Flames colours for the first time (gross!), and it will also be the first meeting for Travis Hamonic against his former squad.

The Jacob Markstrom era in Calgary got off to a less than amazing start as they dropped their season opener to the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 in OT Thursday night. He’ll get the start tonight for the Flames, and the Canucks will go back to Braden Holtby, who was solid in a 5-3 win for the Canucks on Wednesday night against the Oilers.

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Canucks projected lineup

Jake Virtanen — Elias Pettersson — Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Nils Hoglander

Antoine Roussel — Adam Gaudette — Zack MacEwen

Tyler Motte — Jay Beagle — Brandon Sutter

Alexander Edler — Nate Schmidt

Quinn Hughes — Travis Hamonic

Olli Juolevi — Tyler Myers

Braden Holtby

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Loui Eriksson, Jalen Chatfield

Injured: Jayce Hawryluk (undisclosed), Micheal Ferland (head)

COVID—19 protocol: Jordie Benn, J.T. Miller

Flames projected lineup

Matthew Tkachuk — Elias Lindholm — Dillon Dube

Johnny Gaudreau — Sean Monahan — Josh Leivo

Andrew Mangiapane — Mikael Backlund — Sam Bennett

Milan Lucic — Derek Ryan — Dominik Simon

Mark Giordano — Rasmus Andersson

Noah Hanifin — Christopher Tanev

Juuso Valimaki — Nikita Nesterov

Jacob Markstrom

David Rittich

Scratched: Joakim Nordstrom, Louis Domingue

Injured: None

GAME DAY CHATTER

One thing to expect tonight (and for the foreseeable future) is the Canucks scrambling the lines up a little bit in the absence of J.T. Miller. Trying to find combinations that click is going to be one of the things Travis Green focuses on until he can get last season’s leading scorer back in the lineup. That means we should see Jake Virtanen back on top line duty with Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser to start the game tonight. How long that lasts is anyone’s guess.

Overall, it’s probably better that the first meeting comes in Calgary. Far less pressure media-wise heading into this one as most of the focus will be on Markstrom and Tanev playing against their long-time former team. And while we thank them for their service over the years, the same program is in effect for former players. We were happy to have you, but you’re gone now. We don’t wish you success, because (especially this season) that could come at our expense.

One roster note: Justin Bailey was sent down to the taxi squad and Loui Eriksson was recalled. He won’t play tonight, but that reads like a threat from Travis Green for his troops to turn in a better performance than they did Thursday in Edmonton.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

With the upcoming release of ‘Royal Destroyer’ later this year, Swedish death-thrashers THE CROWN return for the first time since 2018’s ‘Cobra Speed Venom’. The first track off the new one is an absolute rager, and the perfect track to get you fired up for tonight. Check out Motordeath, and watch for this one on Metal Blade Records this spring.