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GAME DAY PREVIEW- Game Forty Three: Canucks vs Ottawa

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Still hopeful they can make a play for that last spot in the North Division, the Canucks are running out of opportunities to make it happen.

NHL: APR 26 Canucks at Senators Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

VANCOUVER CANUCKS (19-20-3) vs OTTAWA SENATORS (18-27-4)

CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE- OTTAWA, ON

2:30PM PST

TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC, TSN5. RADIO: SPORTSNET 650

OPPOSING BLOG: SILVER SEVEN SENS

Anyone understand the start time of this game? It’s not to fit in for a doubleheader nationally, so what gives? Let’s just file that with the rest of the evidence that the NHL just absolutely lives to punish the Canucks, and move along, shall we?

To say that Monday’s loss was frustrating is putting it mildly. Seeing the offence go dry and make Marcus Hogberg look like a superstar, while wasting another damn fine performance from Braden Holtby is pretty on brand for this team. For those of you clinging to that roughly 7% chance that the Canucks can catch Montreal for that last playoff spot in the North Division, they simply cannot throw away points like that. Even if they could have tied it up, it might have been a little more tolerable. But things being what they are, this team cannot afford to lose games in regulation if they want to make it.

There were some bright spots, though. As mentioned, Holtby was great and if he can continue to play like this the rest of the way, he is gonna like real good in a Seattle Kraken jersey next season. The best part of the night from the Canucks standpoint had to be the play of Olli Juolevi. Not only did he score a goal, but he’s really developing into a solid two-way option on the back end, and for a team that will likely head into next season without Alex Edler on the blueline, Juolevi starting to show the promise the Canucks had hoped for when they drafted him is a definite bonus.

LINEUPS

Courtesy of nhl.com , this is what we will probably see this afternoon:

Canucks projected lineup

Tanner PearsonBo HorvatBrock Boeser

Nils HoglanderJ.T. MillerZack MacEwen

Tyler MotteBrandon SutterJayce Hawryluk

Matthew HighmoreTravis BoydJake Virtanen

Quinn HughesTravis Hamonic

Alexander EdlerNate Schmidt

Olli JuoleviTyler Myers

Braden Holtby

Arturs Silovs

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 TkachukJosh NorrisDrake Batherson

Tim StutzleColin WhiteEvgenii Dadonov

Alex FormentonShane PintoConnor Brown

Nick PaulChris TierneyRyan Dzingel

Thomas ChabotNikita Zaitsev

Erik BrannstromArtem Zub

Victor MeteJosh Brown

Marcus Hogberg

Filip Gustavsson

Scratched: Artem Anisimov, Jacob Bernard-Docker, Michael Amadio

Injured: Austin Watson (hand), Matt Murray (lower body), Anton Forsberg (lower body)

It doesn’t appear that there will be any changes for either team. That’s probably better for the Sens than the Canucks given the way they’ve played the last 3 games. And it should be noted that a regulation win by Ottawa would see them leapfrog the Canucks into 6th place in the division. Hashtag Thank You Jim, amirite?

Also, play Kole Lind, you absolute cowards!

GAME DAY CHATTER

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

A little indirect CANCON today as we give you ALLEGAEON’s awesome cover of the RUSH classic ‘Subdivisions’.

Enjoy the game, if you’re off work by then. We’re back tomorrow as they take on the Leafs. Go Canucks Go!