VANCOUVER CANUCKS (8-11-1) vs WINNIPEG JETS (9-6-1)
ROGERS ARENA- VANCOUVER, BC
TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC, TSN3. RADIO: SPORTSNET 650
OPPOSING BLOG: ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY
Getting 5 of a possible 8 points from the Flames was a step in the right direction, though it’s hardly time to start lauding the team for having turned the corner. The flaws of this team continue to be laid bare on a regular basis, but enough about Tyler Myers, let’s talk about some actual positive things. And no, I haven’t been taken hostage, so shush and let me do this.
First off, Brock Boeser is having himself a year. This is a good thing, because he’s having one of those kind of years you usually see from a guy who’s about to hit free agency. He’s still a year away from that. It sure feels like he’s playing with a bit of chip on his shoulder this season, maybe in response to all the trade chatter a few months back.
Secondly, we finally got one of those games we needed out of Braden Holtby in that 5-1 win over Calgary Wednesday night. And with the Jets coming in, expect Holtby to get the nod in at least one of these games, especially given his lifetime record over the Jets is something like 11-2-2 or some nonsense. Of course, that was with the Washington Capitals, but still he’s always played them well, and hockey’s one of those funny sports where a goaltender can make a team miserable for years. Maybe the Jets dominance over the Canucks is a thing of the past now?
And tonight the Canucks will be breaking out the Reverse Retro jerseys for the first time, and we get to see if these are as cursed as the rest of their alternates (except for the black skate jersey which is perfect and should be their fulltime jersey).
Courtesy of nhl.com, here’s what we should see from these teams tonight:
Jets projected lineup
Kyle Connor — Mark Scheifele — Blake Wheeler
Andrew Copp — Paul Stastny — Nikolaj Ehlers
Mathieu Perreault — Adam Lowry — Mason Appleton
Jansen Harkins — Nate Thompson — Trevor Lewis
Josh Morrissey — Tucker Poolman
Derek Forbort — Neal Pionk
Nathan Beaulieu — Dylan DeMelo
Scratched: Sami Niku, Kristian Vesalainen, Anton Forsberg
Injured: Pierre-Luc Dubois (lower body)
Canucks projected lineup
J.T. Miller — Elias Pettersson — Brock Boeser
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Nils Hoglander
Antoine Roussel — Brandon Sutter — Adam Gaudette
Loui Eriksson — Jay Beagle — Jake Virtanen
Alexander Edler — Nate Schmidt
Quinn Hughes — Jordie Benn
Olli Juolevi — Tyler Myers
Scratched: Zack MacEwen, Jalen Chatfield, Jayce Hawryluk
Injured: Justin Bailey (upper body), Tyler Motte (undisclosed), Travis Hamonic (upper body), Micheal Ferland (head)
No changes for the Canucks, and Thatcher Demko slots in tonight. Travis Hamonic continues to skate, but is still on LTIR. Someone will have to be shuffled off to the taxi squad to make room for him when he returns, and it likely means that despite how well he’s been playing, Olli Juolevi will be scratched when Hamonic does return.
Pierre-Luc Dubois is still out for the Jets, but may be ready to return for Sunday’s contest.
GAME DAY CHATTER
LIVE: Hear from Head Coach Travis Green, Brandon Sutter, and Antoine Roussel ahead of tonight’s matchup against Winnipeg.#Canucks | @TheProvince https://t.co/nWpWBjS72y— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 19, 2021
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Let’s go back in time, when metal was still in its infancy. Back when SLAYER didn’t suck, basically. From 1984’s ‘Haunting The Chapel’ EP, here’s ‘Chemical Warfare’.