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OPPOSING BLOG: THE COPPER AND BLUE
Yesterday, the Canucks made a couple roster cuts, loaning Danila Klimovich to the AHL Abbotsford Canucks, and placing Jonah Gadjovich on waivers for the purpose of moving him to the Canucks new farm squad. It was a risk, as the San Jose Sharks snagged the tough winger this morning.
Moments ago we recorded an interview with @JGadjovich and got his reaction to being picked up by the Sharks and also recapping his time here with the #Canucks— Donnie & Dhali (@DonnieandDhali) October 7, 2021
Full interview.. https://t.co/ahf1Dq5Lh4 pic.twitter.com/OhhqG91gxR
The focus tonight will be on who’s back, and that would be Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes. Both of the recently re-signed Canucks stars will see their first pre-season action tonight against the Oilers. While both players, who are looking to have bounce back seasons after differing degrees of disappointment in their performances last season, would have liked a little more time to get geared up, I would expect they’ll both get close to their normal ice time tonight and Saturday.
This is as close to what the opening night lineup should be as we’ve seen so far, though there’s still some auditioning going on in Travis Green’s lineup tonight. Justin Bailey’s also getting his first preseason game after having to miss most of training camp in quarantine after a positive COVID test kept him from entering the country. Jack Rathbone, William Lockwood, Sheldon Dries, Carson Focht, Kyle Burroughs, Brad Hunt and Madison Bowey are in tonight to get a likely last look, and Alex Chaisson is still hanging in there in his PTO. It should be interesting to see what kind of performance he has against his former team.
Courtesy of nhl.com, this is the Oilers lineup for tonight:
Draisaitl - McDavid - Puljujarvi
Hyman - RNH - Turris
Foegele - Ryan - Kassian
Benson - McLeod - Sceviour
Nurse - Barrie
Keith - Ceci
Russell - Bouchard
Apart from Skinner in the backup role, this is pretty close to what to expect them to start the season with, though no Kailer Yamamoto and Slater Koekkoek tonight.
PRE GAME CHATTER
"I wanted to make sure I was back here this year. I love the coaching staff, and I love the group of guys we have."— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) October 6, 2021
️ Justin Bailey pic.twitter.com/Ts3tFVKQYp
"He is obviously a young, promising defenceman. He can skate, shoot the puck, run a power-play and you like playing with guys like that."— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) October 6, 2021
️ Luke Schenn on Jack Rathbone's pre-season pic.twitter.com/mSkGTJnNcw
“I’m expecting him to skate in the next few days.” - Coach Green on Brock Boeser pic.twitter.com/j81lxnnt4Q— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) October 6, 2021
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
A little bit of doom metal for you, via two of the absolute legends. Swedish Doom giants CANDLEMASS with an absolutely flawless cover of ‘The Tempter’ off TROUBLE’s legendary ‘Psalm 9’ album. With Trouble being such a huge influence on Candlemass, you can hear and feel the love they put into this tribute to fallen Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner.