CANADA LIFE CENTRE, WINNIPEG, MB
5:00 PM PST
TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC RADIO: SN650
The last time these teams met, the Jets laid a pretty embarrassing beatdown on a Canucks team that was actually feeling pretty good after coming out of Calgary with a win just a couple of nights earlier. That game would be the first of back to back 5-1 losses in which the Canucks looked utterly hopeless.
Since then, the Canucks have rattled off three straight wins, scoring 17 times. A team that’s been struggling with confidence issues all season long, they have to be feeling good as they head into this two game road swing that will see them take on the Jets tonight and then a return to Calgary to round out 2022 against the Flames Saturday night.
One thing that should help them tonight, is if they play defence the way they did against San Jose and Edmonton. These past couple games were among the better complete games we’ve seen from this team so far, but let’s be fair: neither of those teams can play D like the Jets, so it will be a nice measuring stick to see if the Canucks truly are worthy of making an attempt for the Wild Card spot they’re inching closer to.
The Jets meanwhile have lost three straight, and will be looking to try and recreate some of the magic they had in Vancouver 12 days ago. They’ve definitely cooled off of late, winners of just four of their last ten, but are a much better team on home ice than on the road. They’ll look to boost their middle of the pack PP stats against the Canucks, whose PK this season has been legendary for all the wrong reasons.
This was found in the back of a cab, left behind by someone looking for Winnipeg’s airport... or maybe just off nhl.com:
Canucks projected lineup
Jets projected lineup
One significant change for the Canucks, as we’ll see Travis Dermott make his season debut for the Canucks tonight. Dermott’s been out since April 29 after suffering a concussion, so it’s great to see him healthy and ready to go. The Jets are still banged up as hell, and missing some major pieces, but none of that matters if the Canucks cannot find a way to beat Connor Hellebuyck, who has absolutely owned the Canucks in his career thus far.
GAME DAY CHATTER
"I'm ready to go and ready to help the team out."— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) December 28, 2022
Travis Dermott speaks to the media ahead of the two game road trip. pic.twitter.com/FJWIcbLCQK
"It's about consistency. We can't just be satisfied with what we're doing right now, we got to keep it going against a good Jets team."— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) December 29, 2022
️ Bo Horvat on facing Winnipeg tonight@theprovince | #Canucks pic.twitter.com/mcYASPvCVT
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Always a sad day, as metalheads around the world remember the one and only Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmeister, who passed this day in 2015. The MOTORHEAD mainman was one of the most recognizable faces and voices in metal, and his influence will continue to be felt in generations of bands for whom MOTORHEAD laid out the blueprint. Pour a stiff one and have a drink for Lemmy, the loudest motherfucker to ever walk this earth.
Enjoy the game, folks! Go Canucks Go!