VANCOUVER CANUCKS (19-23-3) vs EDMONTON OILERS (30-17-2)
ROGERS ARENA- VANCOUVER, BC
TV: SNP, SNW. RADIO: SPORTSNET 650
OPPOSING BLOG: THE COPPER AND BLUE
It’s just not going to get any better til this god-forsaken season is over. And with yet more injuries, this time to Brandon Sutter and Marc Michaelis, the Canucks will be looking at another shuffling of their bottom six forwards. The lack of depth, and the Canucks inability to do anything to change it is continuing to hurt this team, and like it was against the Leafs, it is going to be exposed over these next four games.
And as if this lineup, which is giving me some serious Willie Desjardins-era PTSD, isn’t bad enough, they have to face the Edmonton Oilers for these next four games. The Oilers that can clinch a playoff spot with a win tonight. And they also have this Connor McDavid fellow, sitting a mere thirteen points away from one hundred on the season. It would not come as a surprise in the least if he were to accomplish this during one of the five remaining games the Oilers have against the Canucks.
If there’s a blessing here, it’s that we only have to endure another eleven games of this bullshit trying to be passed off as a professional hockey club. We’re seven years into the Jim Benning era, and the team is right back to where it was in the darkest hours early on in his tenure. How can you be okay with this?
It’s not like some of the problems this team is facing are injury related. Taking a player like Elias Pettersson out of any teams lineup would have a huge impact no matter who it was, but at the same time, your team shouldn’t be such a fragile house of cards that any one players absence sees the entire thing fall to the ground.
Courtesy of nhl.com, here’s what these two teams will be offering up in terms of lineups tonight:
Oilers projected lineup
Leon Draisaitl — Connor McDavid — Jesse Puljujarvi
Dominik Kahun — Ryan Nugent-Hopkins — Kailer Yamamoto
Tyler Ennis — Ryan McLeod — Josh Archibald
James Neal — Jujhar Khaira — Alex Chiasson
Scratched: Alex Stalock, William Lagesson
Injured: Devin Shore (undisclosed), Gaetan Haas (undisclosed), Slater Koekkoek (collarbone), Zack Kassian (undisclosed), Joakim Nygard (undisclosed), Kris Russell (lower body)
Canucks projected lineup
Nils Hoglander — J.T. Miller — Brock Boeser
Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Kole Lind
Matthew Highmore — Tyler Graovac — Jayce Hawryluk
Jimmy Vesey — Travis Boyd — Zack MacEwen
Alexander Edler — Nate Schmidt
Scratched: Madison Bowey, Jalen Chatfield, Jack Rathbone
Injured: Brandon Sutter (upper body), Mark Michaelis (upper body), Jake Virtanen (leave), Tyler Motte (undisclosed), Antoine Roussel (lower body), Elias Pettersson (upper body), Jay Beagle (undisclosed), Justin Bailey (shoulder), Micheal Ferland (head)
Transactions: Tyler Graovac & Jack Rathbone recalled from squad. Jonah Gadjovich recalled from Utica to squad (May 1) - will join team in WPG.— Canucks PR (@CanucksPR) May 3, 2021
Graovac draws in tonight, and there’s a good chance that we see Rathbone make his NHL debut sometime this week. Gadjovich is in quarantine, which is why he won’t join the team til next week when they play in Winnipeg Monday and Tuesday.
GAME DAY CHATTER
"It's a good opportunity for other players." Coach Green discusses having eight forwards unavailable as the team prepares for back-to-back games with Edmonton.#Canucks | @TheProvince pic.twitter.com/CnsyrCK7o7— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) May 3, 2021
"They're obviously one of the best duos out there." Tyler Myers talks about facing Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in the next four straight games. #Canucks | @TheProvince pic.twitter.com/kip0UJwzh9— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) May 3, 2021
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Watched the ‘Born In The Basement’ documentary the other day, a film from former OVERKILL drummer Rat Skates. A little uneven at times, but a great document of the whole DIY nature of the early days of the thrash scene, it was a great look back at the New Jersey thrash legends. From their debut album ‘Feel The Fire’, this is ‘Rotten To The Core’. Enjoy the game, and we’re back tomorrow to do it all again.
Go Canucks Go.