VANCOUVER CANUCKS (8-12-1) vs WINNIPEG JETS (10-6-1)
ROGERS ARENA- VANCOUVER, BC
TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC, TSN3. RADIO: SPORTSNET 650
OPPOSING BLOG: ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY
It was about as exciting as actually being in Winnipeg in February. The Canucks failed yet again to get some kind of win streak going as they dropped another one in regulation, a frustrating 2-0 loss as the Jets put the game in lockdown after taking the lead, bringing back horrible memories of some of those games against the Minnesota Wild back in the early 2000’s. Absolutely smothering defensive play, boring as shit to watch, but they’ll be getting to the playoffs with this garbage so good for them, I guess?
The Canucks are going to have to find ways to break the Jets systems down, and I would think we’re going to see a bit more friendly officiating after the nonsense that went on at the end of that one. How the Jets were able to start a near line brawl after taking the original penalty (a series of chickenshit crosschecks from Derek Forbert on Nils Hoglander) is a complete mystery.
Courtesy of nhl.com this is what we’re likely to see at puck drop tonight:
Jets projected lineup
Pierre-Luc Dubois — Mark Scheifele — Blake Wheeler
Kyle Connor — Paul Stastny — Nikolaj Ehlers
Andrew Copp — Adam Lowry — Mason Appleton
Mathieu Perreault — Nate Thompson — Trevor Lewis
Josh Morrissey — Tucker Poolman
Derek Forbort — Neal Pionk
Nathan Beaulieu — Dylan DeMelo
Scratched: Sami Niku, Anton Forsberg, Jansen Harkins
Canucks projected lineup
J.T. Miller — Elias Pettersson — Brock Boeser
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Nils Hoglander
Zack MacEwen — Brandon Sutter — Adam Gaudette
Antoine Roussel — Jay Beagle — Jake Virtanen
Alexander Edler — Nate Schmidt
Quinn Hughes — Jordie Benn
Olli Juolevi — Tyler Myers
Scratched: Jalen Chatfield, Jayce Hawryluk, Loui Eriksson
Injured: Justin Bailey (upper body), Tyler Motte (undisclosed), Travis Hamonic (upper body), Micheal Ferland (head)
Pierre-Luc Dubois returns to the Jets lineup tonight in place of Anton Forsberg. Other than that, the only change for the Jets should see Connor Hellebuyck in goal after Laurent Brossoit got the shutout on Friday. For the Canucks, Zack MacEwan is in and Loui Eriksson is out, likely to discourage the aforementioned Mr Forbert from taking another liberty with the Canucks rookie winger. We will also probably see Braden Holtby in the crease tonight for Vancouver.
GAME DAY CHATTER
"We have two guys we like a lot." Coach Green discusses his thought process regarding which netminder to start. #Canucks | @TheProvince pic.twitter.com/QfInSbXsrW— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 21, 2021
"We always want to stick up for each other, scrums happen when emotions are high. In the end, what matters is the two points." - Alex Edler#Canucks | @TheProvince pic.twitter.com/LE1P3XyqCN— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 21, 2021
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Got a track from the dearly missed UK doom band CATHEDRAL. ‘Utopian Blaster’ is off 1995’s ‘The Carnival Bizarre’ album, and I played this song for a very specific reason, I wanna see if anyone can figure it out. Post it in the comments if you do. Enjoy the game, everyone!