VANCOUVER CANUCKS (21-27-4) vs DETROIT RED WINGS (22-22-8)
9:00 AM PST
LITTLE CAESARS ARENA, DETROIT, MI
TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC RADIO: SN650
Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but I can’t believe that in 2023 the NHL is still scheduling Western Conference teams in noon Eastern time games. Coming off a back to back, this is a recipe for disaster in terms of fatigue and injuries, as we’ve seen in the past. And let’s face it, after an emotional come from behind win against Bo Horvat and the New York Islanders on Thursday night, this one has all the markings of an emotional letdown game.
Anyway, while I still stand by my position that continuing to plummet down the standings is the best thing for this team, that was a thoroughly enjoyable win. From the way Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser showed there is not a leadership void through their play, especially in the third period, to some great offensive contributions from the fourth line again, and the cherry-on-top game winner from Anthony Beauvillier, there was a lot to enjoy there.
The question is: can they respond with an effort when they’ll no doubt be tired having to play their fourth game in six days, especially with the crazy early morning start time? I have my doubts, and it’s probably your best bet to expect the worst, and avoid disappointment, as well as keep the door open for being pleasantly surprised.
The Red Wings were rumoured to be in on Horvat, and sitting just 8 points back of a playoff spot, Steve Yzerman’s Wings feel like they’re not out of it just yet. If they can get closer over the next couple weeks, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see them make moves for a potential playoff push. They’ve got a tough week ahead as they run the Northwest gauntlet: Monday in Vancouver, an Alberta back to back Wednesday and Thursday, then down to Seattle on Saturday (again, the schedulers not doing any favours to a team by creating unnecessary travel). If they can take three of four, they’ll finish the month with the Capitals, Rangers, Lightning and then a huge back to back in Ottawa (for both games, which is pretty rare) against a Senators team that sit just a point behind them.
Canucks projected lineup
Brock Boeser — Elias Pettersson — Anthony Beauvillier
Vasily Podkolzin — J.T. Miller — Conor Garland
Dakota Joshua — Sheldon Dries — Andrei Kuzmenko
Phillip Di Giuseppe — Nils Aman — Curtis Lazar
Oliver Ekman-Larsson — Tyler Myers
Riley Stillman — Kyle Burroughs
Scratched: Travis Dermott, Jack Studnicka, Luke Schenn
Injured: Thatcher Demko (lower body), Ilya Mikheyev (torn ACL), Tanner Pearson (hand surgery), Tucker Poolman (undisclosed)
Red Wings projected lineup
Tyler Bertuzzi — Dylan Larkin — Lucas Raymond
Michael Rasmussen — Andrew Copp — David Perron
Filip Zadina — Pius Suter — Oskar Sundqvist
Jonatan Berggren — Joe Veleno — Robby Fabbri
Scratched: Gustav Lindstrom, Dominik Kubalik
Injured: Matt Luff (upper body), Mark Pysyk (Achilles), Jake Walman (upper body)
It’s looking like the Canucks will be without Luke Schenn again today. Schenn was injured in the game against the Rangers and missed Thursday’s contest against the Islanders. It doesn’t look like there’s any other changes, apart from Spencer Martin getting the start again, hoping to get his first win since Dec 27th.
GAME DAY CHATTER
"Happy to get out of here with a win. Guys battled hard. Paid the price. Lots of commitment. Feels great to win."— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 10, 2023
Anthony Beauvillier speaks to the media following the win over his former team@theprovince | #Canucks pic.twitter.com/4stmmyRcAi
"We've always had chemistry. Any time I get on his (Pettersson) line, I know I try to make something happen with him. He's a special player."— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 10, 2023
Brock Boeser following a 4-point night (1G, 3A)@theprovince | #Canucks pic.twitter.com/CfBsI70vss
"I talked to Petey, 'You don't have to be the loudest guy. but if you do it on the ice, that's loud right there.'..He led tonight. That's what leaders do."— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 10, 2023
Head Coach Rick Tocchet on Elias Pettersson@theprovince | #Canucks pic.twitter.com/5xx2VOK0ZD
I know there are a lot of tankists that don't want that result. But how can you not sit back and enjoy Pettersson putting team on his back? Boeser having his best game of the season? And some of the kids stepping up?— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) February 10, 2023
more of a quirk than anything, but in six games under Tocchet, every #Canucks forward has now scored except one -- JT Miller. And Miller has played well and been productive. But hasn't found back of net. Yet. Still, shows Tocchet has been able to get just about everybody involved— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) February 10, 2023
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
A little classic Detroit for ya today, but naturally it’s got a Swedish twist. Here’s ENTOMBED with their version of the MC5 belter ‘Kick Out The Jams’, off ‘To Ride, Shoot Straight, And Speak The Truth!’.
Enjoy your breakfast hockey. Go Canucks Go.