BELL CENTRE- MONTREAL, PQ
TV: CBC, SNONE, CITY. RADIO: SPORTSNET 650
OPPOSING BLOG: HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE
They got to within a minute of pulling it off, but as we’ve seen from this team, especially against Montreal this season, they simply can’t close the deal. Fortunately, J.T. Miller was able to pull off a 2nd highlight reel OT winner on this road trip to ensure that another outstanding performance from Thatcher Demko did not go to waste. It’s a huge win in terms of keeping their playoff hopes alive, and it continues a run over the last 10 that has seen them drop just 2 games. The questions are: Can they keep this up, and will it matter given how deep a hole they dug for themselves in the first half of the season?
One thing is certain: They absolutely must win in regulation tonight. With the games in hand, if they can’t start overtaking teams ahead of them, they will fail in their quest to make it back to the playoffs this season, and that means they have to stop giving out points when they win.
Is this the biggest game of the year? Absolutely. Until the next one, because this run has to continue if they hope to defy some pretty astronomical odds and advance to the playoffs, but this current streak is certainly helping their cause. They’ve broken our hearts before though, and I think we’ve all been through this enough times that it’s best not to get excited until it’s actually time to get excited.
Canucks projected lineup
Nils Hoglander — Bo Horvat — Brock Boeser
Jimmy Vesey — J.T. Miller — Jake Virtanen
Tyler Motte — Brandon Sutter — Jayce Hawryluk
Antoine Roussel — Adam Gaudette — Zack MacEwen
Alexander Edler — Nate Schmidt
Quinn Hughes — Travis Hamonic
Jordie Benn — Tyler Myers
Scratched: Jalen Chatfield
Injured: Elias Pettersson (upper body), Jay Beagle (undisclosed), Tanner Pearson (lower body), Micheal Ferland (head), Justin Bailey (upper body)
Canadiens projected lineup
Jonathan Drouin — Jesperi Kotkaniemi — Josh Anderson
Tomas Tatar — Phillip Danault — Brendan Gallagher
Tyler Toffoli — Nick Suzuki — Joel Armia
Paul Byron — Jake Evans — Corey Perry
Joel Edmundson — Shea Weber
Brett Kulak — Jeff Petry
Alexander Romanov — Xavier Ouellet
Scratched: Victor Mete, Artturi Lehkonen, Laurent Dauphin, Michael Frolik
Injured: Ben Chiarot (hand)
Braden Holtby makes his first start since March 2nd tonight, and it’s probably gonna be his last this month unless he pulls off something special. With just 3 games left this month after this one, Demko is sure to get enough rest for the April grind. One other note, Jay Beagle had been listed as a scratch over the last couple games. He’s now on the injured list, though the Canucks don’t seem to have disclosed what the injury is.
GAME DAY CHATTER
GAME DAY BATLE HYMN
In my never ending quest to bring you songs that are metal, weird, awesome, or some combination of the three, today’s offering from the Two Minutes To Late Night folks, doing a 90’s club hits medley, metal style. And let’s face it, you actually don’t know how you ever lived until you heard a metal version of Sandstorm. Enjoy the game. Go Canucks Go!