ROGERS ARENA, VANCOUVER, BC
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OPPOSING BLOG: FIVE FOR HOWLING
Well last night was fun, wasn’t it? The Canucks finally beat the house in Vegas, with a 5-1 win that was as impressive as their recent road win over the Colorado Avalanche in terms of both overall quality of play and importance to their season. It certainly changes the perspective of the Sunday night loss a bit, as it goes from a disappointing OT loss to taking three of four points in those two games. Of course none of that will mean a thing if the Canucks fall into the trap that awaits them tonight in Glendale as they play the tail end of a back to back against the Arizona Coyotes.
And yes, while the Coyotes have won just two of their last ten, this is still a trap game, especially if the Canucks want to defy the odds and somehow make it into the playoffs this season. They’d love nothing more than to spoil other teams from possibly having nice things, and with them facing the Canucks tonight and Vegas Saturday, they have an opportunity to do damage to both teams. Remember, this is a team that beat Colorado (and have five of a possible eight points against the Avs this season), Toronto, as well as putting up eight against Ottawa and nine on the Detroit Red Wings last month. They may be the second worst team in the NHL, but it’s the NHL. Take them lightly at your peril.
Last night, the Canucks got great penalty killing, timely power play goals, some rare puck luck and Bubble Demko all working for their first regulation win over Vegas in team history, but with this being a back to back, it’s likely, especially given his workload last night, that they roll with Jaroslav Halak tonight. And we’ll need to see Colorado Halak, as this Coyotes team has shown they can score goals in buckets.
Courtesy of nhl.com, here’s what tonight’s disasterpiece will resemble. Maybe.
Canucks projected lineup
Scratched: Jack Rathbone
Coyotes projected lineup
It should be noted that Coyotes injury list doesn’t include Clayton Keller, who suffered that horrendous broken leg just over a week ago. They’re pretty banged up, like Loui Eriksson and Jay Beagle on your third line banged up. This will be the first game back in Arizona for OEL and Garland, so there should be tributes on the jumbotron tonight for both of them.
Harri Sateri starts in goal tomorrow vs. Vancouver, says Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny.— José M. Romero (@RomeroJoseM) April 6, 2022
GAME DAY CHATTER
“It’s a good feeling to come back but at the same time it’s a little bit weird being on the other side of things. A lot of memories from my time here. I couldn’t be more thankful for what this organization did for me.”— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) April 7, 2022
️ Oliver Ekman-Larsson#Canucks | @theprovince pic.twitter.com/ov4y3xoK93
"I like it here, nice rink. Did a lot of my firsts here, first NHL game, first camp, all stuff you remember for a long time."— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) April 7, 2022
️ Conor Garland on his first game back to Arizona#Canucks | @theprovince pic.twitter.com/CLTiuBbN7x
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
One of my favoriite Arizona based bands is SACRED REICH, and they’re out on the road right now with SEPULTURA and CROWBAR, but we’re gonna go back to the late 80’s for this version of ‘Death Squad’ recorded live at the Dynamo Festival in The Netherlands.
Enjoy the game, everyone! Go Canucks Go! Slava Ukraini!