VANCOUVER CANUCKS (1-0-1) vs DETROIT RED WINGS (0-0-1)
LITTLE CAESARS ARENA, DETROIT MI
TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC. RADIO: SPORTSNET 650
OPPOSING BLOG: WINGING IT IN MOTOWN
The first back to back of the season comes early, as the Canucks, fresh off a 5-4 SO win in Philadelphia, are in Detroit to take on the Red Wings. There probably won’t be any lineup changes for tonight, save for in goal as we can expect Jaroslav Halak to get his first start for the Canucks after Thatcher Demko picked up his first win of 2021-22 last night. No word on when we could see Brock Boeser back into the lineup after missing the last half of the exhibition schedule with an undisclosed injury, but my guess is Tuesday in Buffalo.
This is also a special weekend, as the Abbotsford Canucks play their first exhibition game, taking on the Bakersfield Condors at 7pm.
Good morning #AbbotsfordCanucks fans!— Abbotsford Canucks (@abbycanucks) October 16, 2021
We have hockey tonight in Bakersfield!
Watch the game live on AHLtv at 7 pm. pic.twitter.com/r3GHnegFxf
The Red Wings were in a pretty wild one in their season opener, losing 7-6 in OT to Tampa, a game that saw Tyler Bertuzzi score goals, and an incident with Dylan Larkin and Tampa’s Mathieu Joseph that will see Larkin out for today, serving a one game suspension. While it sucks for the Wings, this is definitely good news for the Canucks to go up against a team without its best player in the lineup. Also, go get vaccinated already, Bertuzzi.
Sadly it won’t be the first time the Canucks play local legend Troy Stecher. He was a healthy scratch in the game against Tampa, but you would have to think he can get in for the first match against his former club.
The Red Wings have been hanging around the NHL’s basement along with the Canucks and others for a while now, but they might be starting to get things back on track. A young core that they can build around with Larkin, Bertuzzi and good mix of experienced veterans could see the Wings start to claw their way back up the standings soon. In the meantime, the Canucks should still find this one a winnable game this afternoon.
And if you think that this isn’t an important game, ponder this for a moment:
Vegas suffered some injuries during Thursday’s loss to LA. Hearing Max Pacioretty out approximately 6 weeks, while Golden Knights await further clarity on Mark Stone. Tough early-season blow.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 16, 2021
Make hay now in the event Vegas struggles without two of their best players. Amazing to think that the chances for the Canucks could change so early in the season, so let’s hope they can continue to play well.
Courtesy of nhl.com, this is maaaaybe what we’ll see today:
Canucks projected lineup
J.T. Miller — Elias Pettersson — Nils Hoglander
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Conor Garland
Matthew Highmore — Jason Dickinson — Juho Lammikko
Justin Dowling — Vasily Podkolzin — Alex Chiasson
Oliver Ekman-Larsson — Tyler Myers
Jack Rathbone — Kyle Burroughs
Scratched: Nic Petan, Brad Hunt, Luke Schenn
Injured: Brandon Sutter (illness), Tyler Motte (upper body), Brock Boeser (undisclosed), Brady Keeper(leg)
Red Wings projected lineup
Tyler Bertuzzi — Robby Fabbri — Lucas Raymond
Adam Erne — Pius Suter — Filip Zadina
Sam Gagner — Michael Rasmussen — Vladislav Namestnikov
Givani Smith — Mitchell Stephens — Carter Rowney
Scratched: Troy Stecher, Jordan Oesterle
Suspended: Dylan Larkin
GAME DAY CHATTER
"First win with all the new faces, we have to keep the work boots on and try and string a few together."— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) October 16, 2021
J.T. Miller#Canucks | @theprovince pic.twitter.com/wUKpunwZ6D
"I was so happy for him. He's been working so hard. He's an awesome guy to have on the team."— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) October 16, 2021
Elias Pettersson on Vasily Podkolzin's first NHL goal#Canucks | @theprovince pic.twitter.com/E877LBg9gO
"We got better as the game went on." Coach Green gives his take on Vancouver's victory in Philadelphia.#Canucks | @theprovince pic.twitter.com/lF3n7xWk35— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) October 16, 2021
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
We can’t talk about metal and punk and Detroit without first mentioning the MC5. One of pre-metal’s loudest acts, the Motor City 5 made a statement with the album ‘Kick Out The Jams’, and the title track that shook 1969 to its knees. The song has been covered by everyone from Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters to Bad Brains and Entombed. And it’s Entombed’s version we’re gonna go with today. Enjoy the game, and here’s to early season winning streaks! Go Canucks Go!