VANCOUVER CANUCKS (19-26-3) vs COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (15-30-3)
7:00 PM PST
ROGERS ARENA, VANCOUVER, BC
TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC RADIO: SN650
A tumultuous week for the Canucks wraps up with a home ice tilt against the 32nd place team in the NHL, the Columbus Blue Jackets. And while most two teams would be well within their rights to assume that an easy two points was on the menu for this evening, this is a Vancouver Canucks team that already lost to CBJ this season. And after the performance they put on down in Seattle Wednesday night, one can hardly be blamed for feeling like this team could just as easily get their asses handed to them again.
And after weeks of playing under a lame duck coach thanks to the bizarre and cruel way the Canucks management decided to make a coaching change, they now must playout the next few weeks with a lame duck captain. Or maybe this is his last game in a Canucks uniform, if he even plays, that is:
#Canucks are close to moving Captain Bo Horvat to Detroit. 25 year old right shot d-man Filip Hronek main piece coming to Van.— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports_) January 27, 2023
Here’s the thing: the only thing I will be angry about is a bit about how there’s no way there’s going to be a return that comes out as a win for the Canucks here. You can get mad if you want. I have been preparing myself for this very ugly, painful breakup for a while now, so if anything I feel a sense of relief that maybe it’s the first step into actual change for this team. It probably isn’t, but it still had to be done because they spent a decade painting themselves into a corner and now they’re out of paint.
Courtesy of nhl.com, this is what this must-see tv game should look like:
Blue Jackets projected lineup
Johnny Gaudreau — Boone Jenner — Patrik Laine
Kirill Marchenko — Cole Sillinger — Kent Johnson
Liam Foudy — Jack Roslovic — Emil Bemstrom
Eric Robinson — Sean Kuraly — Mathieu Olivier
Vladislav Gavrikov — Andrew Peeke
Gavin Bayreuther — Adam Boqvist
Injured: Gustav Nyquist (upper body), Nick Blankenburg (upper body), Yegor Chinakhov (ankle), Carson Meyer (oblique strain)
Canucks projected lineup
Ilya Mikheyev — Bo Horvat — Brock Boeser
Phillip Di Giuseppe — Elias Pettersson — Andrei Kuzmenko
Dakota Joshua — J.T. Miller — Conor Garland
Sheldon Dries — Curtis Lazar — Jack Studnicka
Oliver Ekman-Larsson — Luke Schenn
Scratched: Travis Dermott, Kyle Burroughs, Lane Pederson
Injured: William Lockwood (upper body), Thatcher Demko (lower body), Tanner Pearson (hand), Tucker Poolman (undisclosed)
Wheeeeeeee... yeah this one’s gonna be a coin toss, folks. Either the Canucks, embarrassed by their new coach calling them soft after their last game, come out and stomp the league’s worst team, or Rick Tocchet realizes he’s made a terrible mistake. Also, I swear to dog, if Horvat gets injured...
GAME DAY CHATTER
General Manager Patrik Allvin announced today that F Lane Pederson has been placed on waivers for the purpose of being reassigned to Abbotsford (AHL).— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) January 27, 2023
"All fans, I like it. All partners in the game, I like it. Coaching staff, I like it. I'm happy in Vancouver."— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) January 27, 2023
Andrei Kuzmenko answers questions from the media following Friday's morning skate@theprovince | #Canucks pic.twitter.com/lTJSV7ADDL
"Around the net, he's a bull. He's a talented guy. The couple goals he scored in Chicago are the goals that you want."— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) January 27, 2023
Head Coach Rick Tocchet on Andrei Kuzmenko@theprovince | #Canucks pic.twitter.com/ZuUN5eMbf3
It’s been another shitty season, but man, Kuzmenko just brings absolute joy. I hope we don’t break him, because he’s a goddamn delight.
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Richmond, VA bangers ENFORCED are unleashing a new album in April on Century Media Records entitled ‘War Remains’ and they dropped a first track from it today. Check out ‘Ultra-Violence’ to get you in the appropriate frame of mind tonight.
Go Canucks Go. Thank you, Bo. Sel the team, Frankie.