VANCOUVER CANUCKS (22-28-3) vs CALGARY FLAMES (24-26-3)
ROGERS ARENA- VANCOUVER, BC
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OPPOSING BLOG: MATCHSTICKS AND GASOLINE
The Canucks need to win two of their last three remaining games, all against the Calgary Flames, in order to avoid finishing last in the Division. You know who’s really hoping that they can pull this off? Jim Benning, because it may be the only thing that could possibly save his job, though let’s be real. He’s a dead man walkin’ right now. The rumblings coming out from sources close to the team are growing louder and louder every day, and to hear that that the Aqualinis are not just looking to change management but the entire business approach of the team is pretty much the only thing I want to hear at this moment.
This was supposed to be a time where we were excited about this young core that was being put together. Instead, a myriad of bad deals, bad signings, bad trades, bad PR and bad luck have combined to create an absolute clusterfuck of futility and a growing army of disappointed fans. Things need to change, heads need to roll, and this is going to be a pretty interesting week to see how the ownership responds.
And while the win on Saturday was nice, and it was great to see Matthew Highmore get his first career multi-goal game, and a pretty solid effort outta Thatcher Demko, I am confident when I say that the Edmonton Oilers could hardly be accused of having their foot on the gas in that game. We’ll likely see a stronger effort out of the Flames tonight, as they look to achieve the moral victory of finishing the regular season with more victories than the Montreal Canadiens, who are in the playoff spot because they lose better.
Flames projected lineup
Johnny Gaudreau — Elias Lindholm — Matthew Tkachuk
Milan Lucic — Derek Ryan — Dillon Dube
Andrew Mangiapane — Mikael Backlund — Adam Ruzicka
Josh Leivo — Dominik Simon — Brett Ritchie
Mark Giordano — Christopher Tanev
Juuso Valimaki — Rasmus Andersson
Scratched: Glenn Gawdin, Oliver Kylington, Nikita Nesterov, Joakim Nordstrom
Injured: Noah Hanifin (shoulder), Sean Monahan (hip)
Canucks projected lineup
Nils Hoglander — J.T. Miller — Brock Boeser
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Matthew Highmore
Marc Michaelis — Tyler Graovac — Jayce Hawryluk
Jimmy Vesey — Travis Boyd — Zack MacEwen
Alexander Edler — Nate Schmidt
Jack Rathbone — Travis Hamonic
Scratched: Kole Lind, Jalen Chatfield, Olli Juolevi
Injured: Brandon Sutter (upper body), Tyler Motte (undisclosed), Antoine Roussel (lower body), Jay Beagle (undisclosed), Elias Pettersson (upper body), Justin Bailey (shoulder), Micheal Ferland (head)
Jonah Gadjovich will make his NHL debut Sunday.— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) May 16, 2021
With Utica’s AHL season concluding this afternoon, #Canucks are able to dress taxi squad players without regard for the 4 recall limit.
William Lockwood, however, will not play Sunday. He’s yet to lapse his 7-day quarantine.
No word yet on who comes out to make room for Gadjovich, but we should see Lockwood in the games Tuesday and Wednesday to round out this hellish season.
Also, how much do you want to bet Darryl Sutter doesn’t give Domingue a start in any of these three remaining contests? Sounds like something he’d do.
I think they should personally make an example of the league. Pull both goalies play entire game with empty nets and set points records. Can you imagine? Years later people will see records books and it will show Brock Boeser had 8 goals in a game once lol— Steve Gillis (@SteveGillis78) May 16, 2021
Tonight is Game 1 of a 3 game series between the @Canucks and the @NHLFlames for the Inaugural “Lord Stanley’s Chamber Pot” Chumpionship! Which fan base will enjoy bragging rights for the summer? Watch and find out!#NHLPlayoffs #canucks #Calgary #Vancouver #cofred pic.twitter.com/KMlmNWc9wU— VanBanana (@VanBananaMan) May 16, 2021
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
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