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After the Canucks rattled off an impressive 4-0 shutout win from Thatcher Demko, there were some who thought they should roll with the hot hand. And that seemed to make sense, as his workload in the win on Monday night was pretty low compared to the rest of the games they’ve played this season. Instead, Travis Green started Braden Holtby, and it was suggested that this was because they wanted to go with Demko on Thursday at home against Toronto. That makes sense. So they did that. And we know how that ended up.
So when I saw this tweet earlier today, I was little puzzled, to say the least.
Braden Holtby is in the starter's net at #Canucks morning skate.— Brendan Batchelor (@BatchHockey) March 4, 2021
They weren’t seriously going to give him back to back starts, were they?
Turns out, they weren’t.
Okay, so that part is settled, and um... what’s these power play units you’re running, Trav?
#Canucks PP1 working without Pettersson, who I don’t see on the ice at all.— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) March 4, 2021
Excuse me while I try not to freak out.
So, we’ll cover the lineup issues in a moment, but basically the Canucks are taking on arguably the best team in the NHL who kept rolling without their best player and #1 goalie, both of whom are back. This has the potential to be February all over again, and even as good as Thatcher Demko has been, the Canucks could be in for another long night.
Courtesy of nhl.com, here’s their best guess at what we’ll see tonight:
Maple Leafs projected lineup
Joe Thornton — Auston Matthews — Mitchell Marner
Alexander Kerfoot — John Tavares — William Nylander
Zach Hyman — Pierre Engvall — Ilya Mikheyev
Jimmy Vesey — Nic Petan — Jason Spezza
Morgan Rielly — TJ Brodie
Jake Muzzin — Justin Holl
Travis Dermott — Zach Bogosian
Scratched: Alexander Barabanov, Travis Boyd
Injured: Wayne Simmonds (wrist), Jack Campbell (lower body)
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, Olli Juolevi, Zack MacEwen
Injured: Justin Bailey (upper body), Tyler Motte (undisclosed), Micheal Ferland (head)
So apart from Hawryluk for MacEwan that looks like the last game, right? BUT...
Some changes up front for the #Canucks based on morning skate line rushes. Note that we’re way up at the rink without numbers on jerseys.— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) March 4, 2021
And as noted, Elias Pettersson left the ice before the end of the skate and did not return.
GAME DAY CHATTER
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Here’s an old song called ‘New Song’. NUCLEAR ASSAULT, from their ‘Handle With Care’ album for ya today. Try and enjoy the game. Go Canucks Go.
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