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While that might have been the most meaningful win of Jim Benning’s tenure as Canucks GM, it certainly shouldn’t change your mind about the Canucks being forced to play out what will be a losing season. Yes, it was downright joyous to see the efforts of guys like Bo Horvat, as well as Tyler Myers and Braden Holtby with their best performances as Canucks, but winning a game against a team going through some late season hiccups, running on pure adrenaline is not even remotely sustainable.
As difficult as the task at hand was on Sunday, it’s even more so tonight. While Thatcher Demko is back skating today and should be in as backup tonight, the pressure is on Holtby to try and pull off back to back wins for the first time this season. They have to do it with a defensive core that will be missing Alex Edler, suspended two games by the NHL for his knee on knee hit on Zach Hyman Sunday night. So that leaves the Canucks with just four NHL regulars on the back end: Myers, Quinn Hughes and Travis Hamonic, and Nate Schmidt, who is ready to return after his bout with the virus. They’ll be joined by Jalen Chatfield and Olli Juolevi, who was taken off the COVID protocol list on Sunday.
Courtesy of NHL.com, this is what we will probably get in terms of skaters tonight:
Maple Leafs projected lineup
Canucks projected lineup
COVID-19 protocol: Madison Bowey
Suspended: Alexander Edler
So tonight sees the Canucks get their lineup bolstered a bit (sort of) as Schmidt and Jake Virtanen are both ready to return to the lineup. We also see Jim Benning’s latest reclamation project in action as Matthew Highmore, forevermore known as the guy Chicago used to swindle Adam Gaudette from the Canucks, will make his Vancouver debut on a line with Virtanen and Travis Boyd.
GAME DAY CHATTER
That would be nice.
And to try and offer up something that resembles a glimmer of hope...
#Canucks' playoff odds are up to 18% as a result of Montreal and Calgary's losses on Monday, per @domluszczyszyn's model.— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) April 20, 2021
Club was at 6% on March 31st, when a COVID outbreak put them on pause for 18 days. Their playoff odds have since tripled.
Habs leaving the door wide open.
Also, you might wanna get in on this tonight:
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
LA Industrial metal legends FEAR FACTORY are back, and if the entire album is like this first sample, it’s gonna be a beast. From the upcoming ‘Aggression Continuum’, this is ‘Disruptor’, out soon on Nuclear Blast Records.
Enjoy the game. Go Canucks Go.