SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME- CALGARY, AB
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OPPOSING BLOG: MATCHSTICKS & GASOLINE
It was a game that anyone familiar with this team and their wretched history saw coming a mile away. Sure, one could hope that they were going to go into Calgary, pump 5 past Markstrom and a good time would be had by all. Instead, an embarrassing shutout loss to the team that took 1/6th of the Canucks 2019-20 roster was what we were served. On the bright side, at least Christopher Tanev and Josh Leivo didn’t score to make it worse.
Another thing that can make tonight’s contest better? The return of J.T. Miller to the Canucks lineup. Having cleared COVID-19 protocols after a potential exposure through Jordie Benn, he rejoined his teammates in Calgary, took part in this morning’s skate and is a go for tonight. Maybe this will be just what Elias Pettersson needs to get going, after just one assist in 3 games so far. Not that anyone else besides Quinn Hughes, Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat have more than one point, but getting Petey going is a must for this team to be successful.
Courtesy of nhl.com here’s what we should see from these teams tonight:
Canucks projected lineup
J.T. Miller — Elias Pettersson — Brock Boeser
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Nils Hoglander
Antoine Roussel — Adam Gaudette — Jake Virtanen
Tyler Motte — Jay Beagle — Brandon Sutter
Alexander Edler — Nate Schmidt
Quinn Hughes — Travis Hamonic
Olli Juolevi — Tyler Myers
Scratched: Loui Eriksson, Jalen Chatfield, Zack MacEwen
Injured: Jayce Hawryluk (undisclosed), Micheal Ferland (head)
COVID-19 protocol: Jordie Benn
Flames projected lineup
Matthew Tkachuk — Elias Lindholm — Dillon Dube
Johnny Gaudreau — Sean Monahan — Josh Leivo
Sam Bennett — Mikael Backlund — Andrew Mangiapane
Milan Lucic — Derek Ryan — Dominik Simon
Mark Giordano — Rasmus Andersson
Noah Hanifin — Christopher Tanev
Juuso Valimaki — Nikita Nesterov
Scratched: Joakim Nordstrom
Looks like they’re going back and forth with an even split to start the season, and Demko gets the crease tonight. Calgary will go with Markstrom again tonight, giving the Canucks an opportunity for some payback and a chance to head home for a 3 game stint against the Montreal Canadiens with a .500 record.
GAME DAY CHATTER
After being cleared to return, J.T. Miller is ready to get his season started. pic.twitter.com/8AllYuHRJo— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) January 17, 2021
Jay Beagle and Jake Virtanen talk special teams and the return of J.T. Miller ahead of tonight's tilt in Calgary. pic.twitter.com/IfGRmcLpM5— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) January 18, 2021
LISTEN @patersonjeff: #Canucks need to make Markstrom’s life more difficult; pretty evident how much Miller was missed— TSN Radio Vancouver (@TSN1040) January 18, 2021
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GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Spanish Thrashers ANGELUS APATRIDA are back with a self titled album coming out Feb 5th on Century Media Records, and they’ve released a new video for the track ‘Indoctrinate’. Might have to dig a little deeper on this one, I definitely like what I hear so far.
Enjoy the game, folks. Go Canucks Go!