BELL CENTRE, MONTREAL, PQ
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OPPOSING BLOG: HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE
This game feels like those videos you see posted on social media this time of year, where a car slowly drifts out of control onto an icy road, directly into the path of an oncoming vehicle, and there’s nothing they can do to avoid the impact. That’s how I feel about the Canucks right now. The Canadiens have made beating the Canucks look absolutely effortless, exposed this team for every minute flaw they have, and their willingness to battle back. It’s pretty grim.
So if you want to be hopeful that the Canucks are going to win tonight, knock yourself out. I get the need to want to try and keep things positive, I really do. I can’t do that, because I look at this team and the way they have played against the Canadiens (not just this season, either) and there’s absolutely nothing to suggest that they’re capable of getting another win against them. That shootout win was more about Carey Price having a bad night than anything the Canucks did.
Courtesy of nhl.com, here’s what we can expect in tonight’s gong show...
Canucks projected lineup
J.T. Miller — Elias Pettersson — Brock Boeser
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Nils Hoglander
Adam Gaudette — Brandon Sutter — Zack MacEwen
Jake Virtanen — Jay Beagle — Tyler Motte
Quinn Hughes — Jordie Benn
Nate Schmidt — Tyler Myers
Alexander Edler — Jalen Chatfield
Scratched: Loui Eriksson, Olli Juolevi
Injured: Antoine Roussel (undisclosed), Travis Hamonic (upper body), Jayce Hawryluk (undisclosed), Micheal Ferland (head)
Canadiens projected lineup
Tomas Tatar — Phillip Danault — Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin — Nick Suzuki — Josh Anderson
Tyler Toffoli — Jesperi Kotkaniemi — Corey Perry
Paul Byron — Jake Evans — Artturi Lehkonen
Ben Chiarot — Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson — Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak — Victor Mete
Scratched: Alexander Romanov
Injured: Joel Armia (concussion)
No changes for the Canucks. and let’s face it: barring a call to the taxi squad the only option available is Loui Eriksson and apparently things haven’t gotten that bad yet. Yet.
The Romanov scratch is a bit surprising, but I suppose when your team hardly breaks a sweat beating your opponent you can feel confident to tinker a bit with things.
We know the Canucks will be putting Thatcher Demko back in between the pipes tonight but the question is: do the Canadiens go with Price on the back to back or shift to Jake Allen instead? It’s not like Price had a heavy workload last night, so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility.
GAME DAY CHATTER
Hear from Gaudette, Schmidt and Holtby, followed by Coach Green. https://t.co/n4uH8NFhrj— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 2, 2021
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Japanese power metallers LOVEBITES are up today, with a track that came out last year off their ‘Electric Pentagram’ album, entitled “Golden Destination’. Try and enjoy the game, but if it goes like last night, do what I did: go to bed. Self care is underrated.