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In what could be viewed as a good measurement of how the Canucks stack up compared to the big dogs in the Western Conference, they came up a little short. They hope to stop another losing skid from starting as they welcome the Philadelphia Flyers for the second game of the homestand, and their second and final meeting of the season.
The last time these teams met, the Canucks were the better team for a fairly good chunk of the game, until the officials got involved in a big way and let the Flyers sneak in the back door and tie things up. Carter Hart managed to get them through the overtime, but got schooled in the shootout for the Canucks' first victory of the season.
The key tonight is to ensure that they can close the deal should they find themselves in the lead during the final frame. It’s something the team has struggled with over the past few years: defensive breakdowns late in the game that sees them snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
They’ll need to take advantage of power play opportunities, something the Flyers seem to give out quite a bit. And with the Oilers outshooting and out-chancing the Flyers last night, perhaps a bit of fatigue to work in the Canucks favour? This is an improving Philly team that will absolutely burn you if you give them the chance. Cam Atkinson’s been an absolute beast for them this season, so expect to see a lot of Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Tyler Myers out against his line tonight.
Lines for the #Canucks at morning skate— Brendan Batchelor (@BatchHockey) October 28, 2021
Jaroslav Halak is the first goalie off the ice after warmup skate and looks like the #Canucks' presumptive starter Thursday vs. Philadelphia.— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) October 28, 2021
As #Canucks morning skate progressed on Tuesday - and I didn’t catch it when it happened - but Tucker Poolman appears to have left the ice early.— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) October 28, 2021
Will have to see what happens with Poolman, if he can’t go expect Luke Schenn to draw in tonight in his place. Jason Dickinson is out tonight as well, so there’s gonna be a bit of shuffling going on.
For the Flyers, they don’t practice today since they played in Edmonton last night (a 5-3 win, thank you Philly), but here’s their projected lineup ahead of tonight’s game.
Claude Giroux — Sean Couturier — Travis Konecny
Joel Farabee — Derrick Brassard — Cam Atkinson
Oskar Lindblom — Scott Laughton — James van Riemsdyk
Nicholas Aube-Kubel — Nate Thompson — Zack MacEwen
Ivan Provorov — Justin Braun
Travis Sanheim — Rasmus Ristolainen
Keith Yandle — Nick Seeler
Zack MacEwen will face the Canucks for the first time since he was claimed on waivers by the Flyers earlier this month. It’ll be Martin Jones for the Flyers tonight as Carter Hart got the win in Edmonton last night.
GAME DAY CHATTER
"You don't want stuff like this to happen. Our organization is welcoming that we can go to anybody to talk to about anything. I can't believe things like this are happening."— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) October 28, 2021
J.T. Miller & Justin Bailey address media ahead of tonight's game#Canucks | @theprovince pic.twitter.com/18pi443kle
“Players should feel where they play and where they work is a safe place...Our players know that our organization always have their back when something’s wrong...Checking in with your players is important.”— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) October 28, 2021
Coach Green#Canucks | @theprovince pic.twitter.com/1EC9bEK7mx
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Sometimes you just wanna smash shit, y’know. Here’s the soundtrack for days like this...