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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Game Twenty Seven- Canucks vs Toronto

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After another disappointing loss, the Canucks head back home to take on the best in the North. How they’re approaching it is a little confusing.

Vancouver Canucks v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images

VANCOUVER CANUCKS (9-15-2) vs TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (18-4-2)

ROGERS ARENA- VANCOUVER, BC

7:00PM PST

TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC, TSN4. RADIO: SPORTSNET 650

OPPOSING BLOG: PENSION PLAN PUPPETS

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.

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?

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.

LINEUPS

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

Michael Hutchinson

Frederik Andersen

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

Thatcher Demko

Braden Holtby

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...

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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