MTS CENTER- WINNIPEG, MB
TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC, TSN3. RADIO: SPORTSNET 650
OPPOSING BLOG: ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY
With four games in hand, and a 9 point cushion, the Jets are probably not concerned about being overtaken by the Canucks, but I am sure that they’re still bothered by that one blemish on the season series thus far. Well, two of them if you count them coughing up the lead in the last minute of their game last week which sent it to overtime. Sure, the Jets scored on that power play and all was right in their world, but the Canucks have gone back to being one of those teams that you don’t want to lose to, because it feels like you’re throwing away points.
The Canucks are trapped in a pretty vicious cycle right now. They’re playing better, arguably, but have nothing to show for it. They’re trying to make trades, and finding no takers for what they’re offering. They’re trying to convince the faithful that this is a salvageable season, and they’re on pace to finish exactly where they are in the standings right now. They’ve got the Leafs and Canadiens at home after this, so if they did actually want to make a go of this, getting back to back wins for the first time since late January when they won 4 in a row, would be a good start.
Courtesy of nhl.com, this is what we’re expecting to see lineup wise tonight:
Canucks projected lineup
J.T. Miller — Elias Pettersson — Brock Boeser
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Jake Virtanen
Nils Hoglander — Brandon Sutter — Adam Gaudette
Antoine Roussel — Jay Beagle — Jayce Hawryluk
Alexander Edler — Nate Schmidt
Quinn Hughes — Travis Hamonic
Jordie Benn — Tyler Myers
Scratched: Jalen Chatfield, Zack MacEwen, Olli Juolevi
Injured: Justin Bailey (upper body), Tyler Motte (undisclosed), Micheal Ferland (head)
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
Nathan Beaulieu — Josh Morrissey
Derek Forbort — Neal Pionk
Sami Niku — Dylan DeMelo
Scratched: Anton Forsberg, Jansen Harkins
Injured: Tucker Poolman (upper-body)
It’ll be Thatcher Demko vs Connor Hellebuyck tonight, meaning we should see Braden Holtby and Laurent Brossoit tomorrow night in the rematch. No other changes for the Canucks barring something last minute.
GAME DAY CHATTER
Adam Lowry on the challenge of playing teams with an active losing streak, continuing to work on his face-off skills, and more. pic.twitter.com/YvE3SZhrjS— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) March 1, 2021
Neal Pionk on an intense schedule in March coming up, hosting Vancouver tonight, and more pregame. pic.twitter.com/gomOgf2UYK— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) March 1, 2021
LIVE: Head Coach Paul Maurice Speaks following morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Canucks. https://t.co/5NsDIdoKXc— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) March 1, 2021
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Arizona thrashers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM are up today with a track off their 3rd album ‘When The Storm Comes Down’. Here’s the video for ‘Suffer The Masses’. Enjoy the game, and Go Canucks Go.