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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Game 3- Canucks @ Washington Capitals

It’s way too early to be this depressed about this team, isn’t it?

Vancouver Canucks v Washington Capitals Photo by John McCreary/NHLI via Getty Images

VANCOUVER CANUCKS (0-2-0) vs WASHINGTON CAPITALS (1-2-0)

VERIZON CENTER, WASHINGTON, DC

4:00PM PST

TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC, CITY TV. RADIO: SPORTSNET 650

OPPOSING BLOG: JAPERS RINK

2 games. 2 blown leads. 2 embarrassing power play performances. I don’t know about you, but I have already reached my limit of garbage efforts from this team. Irrational? Perhaps, but we’ve been sitting through a damn decade of near-unwatchable crap hockey from this franchise now. We’ve been told things would be different. To see them this unprepared, and unable to compete with a team that very likely to be in the thick of the Connor Bedard hunt this season is just so demoralizing.

I’m tired of watching this team be unable to hold a lead. To play rudimentary NHL level defence. To not take a too many men penalty seemingly every. Damn. Game. I can handle losses if they’re hard fought. Seriously, I have been watching this team for longer than some of you have been alive, and I am used to them being on the short end of the stick. As a team, I see nothing to suggest that they’re going to take a step forward right now. I don’t care how early in the season it is. If this team has something to prove, what the hell are they waiting for?

And this is not the Philadelphia Flyers they’re playing tonight, either. While the Washington Capitals may not be the beast that won the Cup a few years back, they’re still a team that can hold their own in a very tough division, and Alex Ovechkin is still going to score a ton of goals. With this being the first of a double header and the midway point of three games in four nights, we need to see not just a win, but an absolute, unmistakably emphatic victory tonight. Heading into Columbus tomorrow at 0-3-0 is just not an option.

LINEUPS

Courtesy of nhl.com, this possible lineup scenario was scrawled on a napkin, and left on a crosstown bus.

Canucks projected lineup

Tanner PearsonBo HorvatBrock Boeser

Andrei KuzmenkoElias PetterssonCurtis Lazar

Vasily PodkolzinJ.T. MillerConor Garland

Dakota JoshuaNils AmanNils Hoglander

Quinn HughesLuke Schenn

Oliver Ekman-LarssonKyle Burroughs

Noah JuulsenRiley Stillman

Thatcher Demko

Spencer Martin

Scratched: Jack Rathbone

Injured: Travis Dermott (concussion), Tyler Myers (lower body), Ilya Mikheyev (undisclosed), Tucker Poolman (illness)

Capitals projected lineup

Alex OvechkinDylan StromeConnor Brown

Anthony ManthaConnor McMichaelT.J. Oshie

Marcus JohanssonLars EllerAliaksei Protas

Conor ShearyNic DowdGarnet Hathaway

Martin FehervaryJohn Carlson

Dmitry OrlovNick Jensen

Erik GustafssonTrevor van Riemsdyk

Darcy Kuemper

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Joe Snively, Matt Irwin

Injured: Nicklas Backstrom (hip), Tom Wilson (lower body), Carl Hagelin (hip, eye), Evgeny Kuznetsov (undisclosed)

With Tucker Poolman out of the lineup, Noah Juulsen will make his season debut tonight on the third pairing.

And based on the morning skate, Bruce Boudreau has done a fairly noticeable shakeup of the forward lines, especially with the message being sent to J.T. Miller after what has to be one of his worst as a Vancouver Canuck.

GAME DAY CHATTER

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

We’re off to Costa Rica today for a track off ‘Common Sense’ by CHEMICIDE, with an absolutely blistering cover of POISON IDEA’s ‘It’s An Action’.

Enjoy the game, folks. Go Canucks Go.