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OPPOSING BLOG: WINGING IT IN MOTOWN
Well, it’s mid-March and the Canucks are somehow still playing meaningful hockey. Let’s be fair, after the first two month of the season, the fact that they were playing meaningful hockey in January was a miracle unto itself. And as incredible as it seems, with a win tonight and a LOT of help from the out of town scoreboard, the Canucks could, temporarily at least, find themselves in a Wild Card slot at the end of the night. That’s mindblowing stuff, man.
The Canucks saw Detroit back in October, swing where they also lost to the Buffalo Sabres, who are here on Sunday night. Having paid back the Islanders and New Jersey already for defeats earlier this year, it would be nice to see them cross another name off that list with a win over the Wings tonight.
Tonight also sees a couple former Canucks in the lineup for Detroit, as we’ll see Sam Gagner and Troy Stecher skate for Detroit tonight. It’s the first time Stecher has made an appearance in Vancouver since he signed as a free agent with the Wings. There are rumblings that Stecher could be on the move Monday at the trade deadline, and let me just say I wouldn’t say no to bringing Troy from Richmond back home.
Courtesy of nhl.com, here’s what we’ll get with tonight’s disasterpiece:
Red Wings projected lineup
Canucks projected lineup
Scratched: Noah Juulsen
Transaction: #Canucks reassign Sheldon Rempal and Noah Juulsen to Abbotsford.— Canucks PR (@CanucksPR) March 16, 2022
Transaction: #Canucks recall Sheldon Rempal and Noah Juulsen from Abbotsford.— Canucks PR (@CanucksPR) March 17, 2022
Thank dog they’re not in Utica anymore, eh? Gonna be a challenge with Pettersson and now Hoglander possibly out, but the Wings will not have Olli Juolevi (disappointing) and Tyler Bertuzzi (scientifically ignorant) out of their lineup, so maybe it’ll be okay?
Also, here’s hoping it’s not serious, and he makes a full and speedy recovery.
The Vancouver Canucks announced that President of Hockey Operations, Jim Rutherford, has been placed into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. Rutherford is currently working from home during his quarantine period.— Canucks PR (@CanucksPR) March 17, 2022
GAME DAY CHATTER
“We FaceTime a lot still. And I saw him yesterday, it was nice to see him…We talk about everything.”— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 17, 2022
Brock Boeser on Troy Stetcher ahead of facing him and the Red Wings tonight#Canucks | @theprovince pic.twitter.com/w18Jml83pI
"I love hockey so much that I'm not going to let me not playing ruin the experience for me. I feel like I need to be there for my teammates, no matter what."— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 17, 2022
Brad Hunt#Canucks | @theprovince pic.twitter.com/C1ETQB1GgG
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
It’s St Paddy’s Day, so obviously we’re givin’ you some Gama Bomb today. Here’s an absolute rager off their 2010 release ‘Tales From The Grave In Space’. The boys are doing an awesome fundraiser for UNICEF right now, so if you like the band, support them and this very vital cause. I bought one and it arrived in ten days from the UK!
PLEASE RT:— GAMA BOMB (@gamabomb) March 3, 2022
When you buy our new tee at @omerchltd, 100% of the profits go to the @Unicef Ukraine Crisis appeal. We mean EVERY penny. Shout out to O Merch, @musicglue and @noisemerch for waiving their profits, too. Go on, we're buying them ourselves.https://t.co/yOqUbp53oO pic.twitter.com/AWP3NUwVde
Enjoy the game, everyone! Go Canucks Go! Slava Ukraini!