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Game Day Preview #37: Jan 3, 2023- Canucks vs New York Islanders

Fresh off another loss, the Canucks return home after dropping two straight on the road, as the New York Islanders make their annual visit to Rogers Arena.

New York Islanders v Vancouver Canucks

VANCOUVER CANUCKS (16-17-3) vs NEW YORK ISLANDERS (21-15-2)

7PM PST

ROGERS ARENA, VANCOUVER, BC

TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC RADIO: SN650

It would seem like the Canucks are grateful to get back to action tonight, so that all of the media attention isn’t laser focused on the latest JT Miller drama, but that could change if Miller mails it in again tonight. There may not be a figure as polarizing and infuriating to the fanbase since Mark Messier for this franchise, and Canucks supporters are starting to run out of patience with the club thanks to Miller’s antics.

With another two losses, the Canucks now sit seven points back of the Edmonton Oilers and that final wild card slot, and if you somehow feel there’s something about this team that suggests they can overcome that gap and make the postseason, given what they’ve shown us this season, you’re extremely optimistic, but mostly just delusional.

Every day that passes with this core intact is another day of delay in a desperately needed rebuild, and more misery for us as fans. I’m at the point now where I just want EP40 and Hughes and everyone and anyone else can go. Just give me a team I can believe in again, because the only thing I believe about the Canucks right now is they are wasting the primes of two of the best players they’ve ever been fortunate enough to have.

Anyway, tonight they face an Islanders team who can take advantage of Pittsburgh’s loss in their 478th Winter Classic appearance yesterday and leap frog them into the last wild card slot in the Eastern Conference. The Isles may not be flashy, save for Mat Barzal, but they are holding their own in a tough division right now, and will be looking to correct a trendline against the Canucks that has seen them drop three of their last four meetings between these teams.

LINEUPS

The following projected lineup was found in the backseat of a cab in Whalley, but it bears a striking resemblance to what we saw on nhl.com:

Islanders projected lineup

Josh BaileyMathew BarzalHudson Fasching

Anders LeeBrock NelsonAnthony Beauvillier

Zach PariseJean-Gabriel PageauCasey Cizikas

Matt MartinAatu RatyRoss Johnston

Alexander RomanovNoah Dobson

Parker WotherspoonRyan Pulock

Sebastian AhoScott Mayfield

Ilya Sorokin

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: None

Injured: Cal Clutterbuck (upper body), Adam Pelech (upper body), Simon Holmstrom (lower body), Kyle Palmieri (upper body), Oliver Wahlstrom (lower body)

Canucks projected lineup

Ilya MikheyevBo HorvatBrock Boeser

Sheldon DriesJ.T. MillerConor Garland

Andrei KuzmenkoElias PetterssonLane Pederson

Dakota JoshuaCurtis Lazar - William Lockwood

Quinn HughesEthan Bear

Oliver Ekman-LarssonTyler Myers

Travis DermottLuke Schenn

Spencer Martin

Collin Delia

Scratched: Jack Studnicka, Riley Stillman, Kyle Burroughs

Injured: Thatcher Demko (lower body), Tanner Pearson (hand), Tucker Poolman (undisclosed)

GAME DAY CHATTER

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

2022 was a pretty strong year for metal in Canada, with a number of younger bands making waves internationally with impressive releases. One of those was Toronto’s KORROSIVE, who released their 2nd album ‘Toxic Apokalypse’ in November. Here’s ‘Fatal Strike’ off that one, make sure and check out their Bandcamp if you like what you hear.

Enjoy the game, and just a quick note: We’ll have a game thread for tomorrow’s 2022 WJC SemiFinals game between Canada and the USA up tomorrow, so join us for that. Game time will be at 3:30 pm Pacific. Go Canucks Go!