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GAME DAY PREVIEW- GAME TWO: Canucks @ Philadelphia- Oct 15, 2021

After a hard-earned point in Edmonton, the Canucks are in Philadelphia to play the Flyers for the first time in 87 years,

Vancouver Canucks v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images

VANCOUVER CANUCKS (0-0-1) vs PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (0-0-0)

WELLS FARGO CENTER, PHILADELPHIA, PA

4:00PM PST

TV: SPORTSNET ONE. RADIO: SPORTSNET 650

OPPOSING BLOG: BROAD STREET HOCKEY

I have to say I am probably more excited for a game in October than I can recall, simply because the Canucks are playing a team that’s not from Canada. Sure, they could have fixed that themselves by making the playoffs, but unless you’re new here, we shouldn’t have to explain that to you.

The Canucks managed to come back and steal a point from the Oilers, and should be feeling pretty good about that as they head into Philly for the first time since 2019. It’s not going to be as awkward as it could have, as Zack MacEwan will not be in the lineup for the Flyers. MacEwan is still in the process of having his US work visa processed, so we will have to wait until the 28th, when the Flyers visit Rogers Arena on their west coast road swing.

Like the Canucks, the Flyers have made a number of changes to their squad this past summer. They parted ways with Jakub Voracek and Nolan Patrick, while adding Cam Atkinson, Keith Yandle, Ryan Ellis, Derrick Brassard, Rasmus Ristolainen, and Nate Thompson to their roster, and honestly this should help the Flyers get back to the post-season.

And also like the Canucks, the Flyers will start the year with a number of players on the injured reserve list. We’ll cover all that in a moment.

I must admit the novelty of playing against Alain Vigneault is gone now with none of his charges from the 2011 Cup run still with the team. I think that’s a good thing. Healing might actually happen now for some of us...

LINEUPS

Courtesy of nhl.com, this is what these teams are gonna throw at each other tonight...

Canucks projected lineup

J.T. MillerElias PetterssonVasily Podkolzin

Tanner PearsonBo HorvatConor Garland

Matthew HighmoreJason DickinsonNils Hoglander

Justin DowlingJuho LammikkoAlex Chiasson

Oliver Ekman-LarssonTyler Myers

Quinn HughesTucker Poolman

Jack RathboneKyle Burroughs

Thatcher Demko

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Nic Petan, Brad Hunt, Luke Schenn

Injured: Brandon Sutter (illness), Tyler Motte (upper body), Brock Boeser (undisclosed), Brady Keeper (leg)

Flyers projected lineup

Claude GirouxSean CouturierTravis Konecny

Joel FarabeeDerick BrassardCam Atkinson

Oskar LindblomScott LaughtonJames van Riemsdyk

Max WillmanNate ThompsonNicolas Aube-Kubel

Ivan ProvorovRyan Ellis

Travis SanheimJustin Braun

Keith YandleNick Seeler

Carter Hart

Martin Jones

Scratched: None

Injured: Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body), Kevin Hayes (abdominal)

COVID-19 protocol: Patrick Brown

The big news is Vasily Podkolzin rolling out with Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller. This is a pretty big vote of confidence from Travis Green, and you shouldn’t at all be surprised if the big Russian gets his first NHL goal tonight.

Nils Hoglander will be on the 3rd line tonight with Jason Dickinson and Matthew Highmore, and Thatcher Demko will go again tonight, meaning we should see Jaroslav Halak get the nod tomorrow in Detroit.

Brock Boeser was practising again today, but still isn’t ready to return to the lineup. If not tomorrow, then definitely Tuesday when the Canucks shuffle off to Buffalo to take on the Sabres.

The Flyers have a couple spots to fill with Hayes and Ristolainen out, and they’ll start Carter Hart in goal tonight. By the way, the last time the Flyers started their season at home, they took on the Vancouver Canucks, and it was the first NHL game for Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

GAME DAY CHATTER

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

Philly’s a really metal kinda town, and one of the Philly bands I really dig are CRYPT SERMON. If you like your doom metal with a real reverence for TROUBLE, then you are gonna love these guys. From their 2019 album ‘The Ruins Of Fading Light’ on Dark Descent Records, this is ‘Key Of Solomon’.