VANCOUVER CANUCKS (13-16-2) vs OTTAWA SENATORS (10-20-1)
CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE- OTTAWA, ON
TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC, TSN5. RADIO: SPORTSNET 650
OPPOSING BLOG: SILVER SEVEN SENS
The roller coaster ride that is this Canucks season continues as they head out East for 4 on the road over the next 6 days starting tonight in Ottawa. This could be good, as the Canucks outscored the Senators in their 3 previous meetings by a jaw-dropping 16-3 margin. The Sens have gotten a little bit better since then, however. Not enough to overtake the Canucks, but they are coming off a big win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, where Joey Daccord stopped 33 of 36 Leafs shots to notch his 1st NHL victory as the Sens hung on to beat Toronto 4-3.
Courtesy of nhl.com here’s what to expect on the ice tonight:
Canucks projected lineup
Nils Hoglander — J.T. Miller — Brock Boeser
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Jake Virtanen
Marc Michaelis — Brandon Sutter — Jayce Hawryluk
Loui Eriksson — Adam Gaudette — Zack MacEwen
Alexander Edler — Nate Schmidt
Quinn Hughes — Travis Hamonic
Jordie Benn — Tyler Myers
Scratched: Jalen Chatfield, Jay Beagle
Injured: Elias Pettersson (upper body), Justin Bailey (upper body), Tyler Motte (undisclosed), Micheal Ferland (head), Antoine Roussel (undisclosed)
Senators projected lineup
Brady Tkachuk — Josh Norris — Connor Brown
Nick Paul — Chris Tierney — Evgenii Dadonov
Tim Stutzle — Matthew Peca — Drake Batherson
Ryan Dzingel — Clark Bishop — Austin Watson
Thomas Chabot — Nikita Zaitsev
Mike Reilly — Artem Zub
Christian Wolanin — Erik Gudbranson
Scratched: Josh Brown
Injured: Marcus Hogberg (lower body), Derek Stepan (upper body), Colin White (lower body), Artem Anisimov (upper body), Matt Murray (upper body)
Injuries continue to be an issue for the Canucks, as Elias Pettersson is not with the team on this trip. After missing Saturday’s game, Antoine Roussel is with the team, as is Tyler Motte, who’s been out for a while now, but neither of them will return to action tonight. Ottawa is without both of their regular starters Matt Murray and Marcus Hogberg, though Murray could be a game time decision. If he can’t go, it will be either Daccord or Filip Gustavsson for the Sens.
Thatcher Demko will start his 6th straight for the Canucks, and barring a total disaster tonight, will likely get the nod on Wednesday, and then we can expect Braden Holtby to do one of the games in Montreal.
GAME DAY CHATTER
"It's a good young team. They compete hard and they're well coached. This is going to be a tough game." - Coach Green on the Senators#Canucks | @TheProvince pic.twitter.com/WqC4pydKCb— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 15, 2021
Travis Hamonic discusses his season so far, how he's fitting in and talks about skating alongside Quinn Hughes and their chemistry together. #Canucks | @TheProvince pic.twitter.com/bWeIjJtxz7— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 15, 2021
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
It’s been a strange year. Here’s a Japanese band (UNLUCKY MORPHEUS) doing a cover of Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s ‘Far Beyond The Sun’ on violin. You’re welcome.