VANCOUVER CANUCKS (7-14-2) vs OTTAWA SENATORS (4-14-1)
CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE, OTTAWA, ON
TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC, SPORTSNET ONE. RADIO: SPORTSNET 650
OPPOSING BLOG: SILVER SEVEN SENS
Normally, you’d have to either be a die hard, or somewhat south of the sanity border to look at a game featuring the last place team in the Pacific taking on the NHL’s worst. Unfortunately, there’s a few storylines that make for some almost must-see tv tonight in the Nation’s capital.
Let’s start off with the season debut of Adam ‘Patient Zero’ Gaudette, who will finally play against the Canucks for the first time after being a healthy scratch twice this season for the Chicago Blackhawks. While I am sure that he would love to have a big first game against his former squad for the team that picked him up on waivers a few days ago, the Canucks will be pretty keen to ensure that doesn’t happen. Maybe someone can ask if he’s reached out to Brandon Sutter to see how his long COVID battle is going?
Anyway, that should be fun. I will say I do feel sorry for Sens fans. Like us, they have a terrible owner, the difference being ours is absent save for a few tweets now and then, whereas Eugene Melnyk takes great pains to remind their fan base how awful he is on a regular basis. Their management is disaster, though at least we can say our team didn’t look at Pierre McGuire and think “There, there is the man whose hockey know-how is what we need to turn the fortunes of this franchise around!”
Normally, one should be confident heading into a team that’s played as poorly as the Senators. I’m scared to death, especially coming off that 2-1 win in Montreal Monday evening. Going up against a team that is 1-9-0 in their last ten? Oh yeah, this has humiliating road loss written alllll over it.
Courtesy of nhl.com, this is what these teams will trot out for tonight’s contest:
Canucks projected lineup
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Conor Garland
Nils Hoglander — J.T. Miller — Brock Boeser
Justin Dowling — Elias Pettersson — Vasily Podkolzin
Tyler Motte — Jason Dickinson — Alex Chiasson
Oliver Ekman-Larsson — Tyler Myers
Kyle Burroughs — Tucker Poolman
Scratched: Brad Hunt, Juho Lammikko
Injured: Brandon Sutter (illness), Matthew Highmore (upper body), Brady Keeper (leg)
Senators projected lineup
Brady Tkachuk — Josh Norris — Drake Batherson
Tim Stutzle — Nick Paul — Connor Brown
Alex Formenton — Adam Gaudette — Zach Sanford
Chris Tierney — Dylan Gambrell — Austin Watson
Scratched: Tyler Ennis, Michael Del Zotto
Injured: Colin White (shoulder), Erik Brannstrom (broken hand), Shane Pinto (upper body), Josh Brown (hand)
The Canucks will go with the same lineup as Monday, while the Sens will get Drake Batherson back for the first time since he was added to the COVID protocol list a couple weeks ago.
GAME DAY CHATTER
Head Coach Travis Green meets with the media ahead of this afternoon's game against Ottawa.#Canucks | @theprovince pic.twitter.com/mZEqTLOs46— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) December 1, 2021
"They're going to be hungry tonight. They're going to be ready to play, so we have to be ready to play tonight too."— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) December 1, 2021
Quinn Hughes on facing Ottawa.#Canucks | @theprovince pic.twitter.com/hKXvEfNpRi
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
When all else fails. call on the Priest. This classic from the ‘Screaming For Vengeance’ album is from their performance at 1983’s US Festival (There’s a couple great documentaries on Prime about the two concerts in 1982 & 83 you should check out). Enjoy the game, Go Canucks Go! Fire Benning and Weisbrod.