VANCOUVER CANUCKS (19-19-3) vs OTTAWA SENATORS (17-27-4)
CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE- OTTAWA, ON
TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC, TSN5. RADIO: SPORTSNET 650
OPPOSING BLOG: SILVER SEVEN SENS
After a fairly predictable let down game by the Canucks on Thursday night, the team responded with another solid outing from Braden Holtby and some good nights from the Canucks top 2 lines to seal the deal after letting the Senators tie it up in the 3rd period. I would think that more of the same would be a good idea tonight, especially given the news that Thatcher Demko is back on the injured list with a lower body injury, and when your choice is former Stanley Cup champion Braden Holtby or Arturs Silovs, no offence to Silovs, but it’s gonna be Holtby the rest of the way til Demko returns.
And maybe that’s not such a bad thing. If there’s one that the Canucks need to pull off this seemingly improbable quest for a playoff spot, it’s a hot goaltender. And getting into the groove since the team returned from its COVID related pause might make Holtby’s first couple months as a Canuck a little easier to forgive.
The Sens have their own goaltending issues, as they lost Matt Murray to an LBI in that game Saturday night, leaving them with their 3rd and 4th string goalies to hold down the fort for what seems like the umpteen millionth time this season. So it’ll be Marcus Hogberg against Holtby tonight as these teams square off for the 3rd straight contest.
Courtesy of nhl.com, this is what we’re probably gonna see on the ice tonight:
Canucks projected lineup
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Brock Boeser
Nils Hoglander — J.T. Miller — Zack MacEwen
Tyler Motte — Brandon Sutter — Jayce Hawryluk
Matthew Highmore — Travis Boyd — Jake Virtanen
Alexander Edler — Nate Schmidt
Scratched: Jalen Chatfield, Madison Bowey, Jimmy Vesey, Marc Michaelis
Injured: Antoine Roussel (lower body), Elias Pettersson (upper body), Jay Beagle (undisclosed), Justin Bailey (shoulder), Micheal Ferland (head), Thatcher Demko (lower body)
Senators projected lineup
Brady Tkachuk — Josh Norris — Drake Batherson
Tim Stutzle — Colin White — Evgenii Dadonov
Alex Formenton — Shane Pinto — Connor Brown
Nick Paul — Chris Tierney — Ryan Dzingel
Thomas Chabot — Nikita Zaitsev
Scratched: Artem Anisimov, Jacob Bernard-Docker, Michael Amadio
Injured: Austin Watson (hand), Matt Murray (lower body), Anton Forsberg (lower body)
GAME DAY CHATTER
Coach Green speaks on the injury to Demko and then discusses Holtby and Virtanen as Vancouver gets set to face Ottawa.#Canucks | @TheProvince pic.twitter.com/dlx9oen3Jp— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) April 26, 2021
"We're excited. We want to keep pushing." Jake Virtanen speaks on the playoff race, the schedule and recovering from COVID. #Canucks | @TheProvince pic.twitter.com/V1kfDH269T— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) April 26, 2021
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Legendary Arizona thrashers FLOTSAM & JETSAM have a new release coming out this June on AFM Records called ‘Blood In The Water’, and this track from that upcoming disc is an absolute beast. Great to see them still going strong. Check out ‘Burn The Sky’, and enjoy this afternoon’s game. Go Canucks Go!