VANCOUVER CANUCKS (18-18-3) vs OTTAWA SENATORS (16-26-4)
ROGERS ARENA- VANCOUVER, BC
TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC, TSN5. RADIO: SPORTSNET 650
OPPOSING BLOG: SILVER SEVEN SENS
The fever dream season continues, with two teams that are both looking for their 3rd straight win. The Canucks are coming off two straight wins over the 1st place Toronto Maple Leafs, the last one an inspiring 6-3 win that saw Vancouver score 4 times in the 3rd period to get the win.
The Sens meanwhile rattled off impressive wins over the Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames, and have won 3 of their last 4 contests heading into tonight. While some teams have struggled against the Senators, the Canucks have been able to beat them in all 5 meetings so far this season. They’ve outscored Ottawa 22-7 in those 5 games.
The wins over Toronto are nice, but the playoffs are still a long shot at this point. They sit 10 points back of Montreal with 5 games in hand, and with 5 games remaining this month, are still in a situation where they need to pretty much run the table in order to pass the Habs and take over that last playoff spot in the North Division.
And while the play of Braden Holtby in those two wins was pretty special, after all his struggles this season, the Canucks have to be feeling good that they’ll have Thatcher Demko ready to go tonight.
Courtesy of nhl.com, if you watch this game, you’ll probably see these guys on the ice:
Senators projected lineup
Brady Tkachuk — Josh Norris — Drake Batherson
Tim Stutzle — Colin White — Evgenii Dadonov
Nick Paul — Chris Tierney — Ryan Dzingel
Alex Formenton — Shane Pinto — Connor Brown
Thomas Chabot — Nikita Zaitsev
Scratched: Artem Anisimov, Marcus Hogberg, Michael Amadio, Jacob Bernard-Docker
Injured: Austin Watson (hand)
Canucks projected lineup
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Nils Hoglander
Matthew Highmore — J.T. Miller — Brock Boeser
Marc Michaelis — Brandon Sutter — Jayce Hawryluk
Jimmy Vesey — Travis Boyd — Jake Virtanen
Olli Juolevi — Jalen Chatfield
Scratched: Tyler Graovac, Guillaume Brisebois, Madison Bowey
Injured: Antoine Roussel (lower body), Tyler Motte (COVID-19), Zack MacEwen (undisclosed), Elias Pettersson (upper body), Jay Beagle (undisclosed), Justin Bailey (shoulder), Micheal Ferland (head)
Suspended: Alexander Edler
And for clarification, you aren’t seeing things. That is Matthew Highmore listed on the 2nd line with Miller and Boeser. I can’t even...
Anyway, Marc Michealis makes his return to the lineup to replace Antoine Roussel, who was injured on Tuesday night’s win and will be out for at least two weeks. It is increasingly concerning that Tyler Motte is still not well enough to return to the lineup, though.
GAME DAY CHATTER
"We're scratching and clawing. We're not sitting in our room talking about playoffs, we're talking about bringing our best game to the table on a nightly basis." - Coach Green#Canucks | @TheProvince pic.twitter.com/KtNLLwg8Rh— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) April 22, 2021
"Winning those two games has given our whole group confidence." - Brock Boeser discusses tonight's clash with Ottawa#Canucks | @TheProvince pic.twitter.com/nZz8nt3yxA— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) April 22, 2021
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
GO AHEAD AND DIE is a new Max Cavalera (ex-Sepultura/Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy/Killer Be Killed) project that sees him working with his son Igor Amadeus Cavalera, and drummer Zach Coleman. It’s an opportunity for Max to get some of that punk angst out of his system in a more stripped down way than we saw with Nailbomb. It’s not earth-shatteringly different, but it’s Max, and like most of what he does, it’s worth checking out.