VANCOUVER CANUCKS (22-30-5) vs ST LOUIS BLUES (26-28-3)
5:00 PM PST
ENTERPRISE CENTER, ST LOUIS, MO
TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC. RADIO: SN650
The Canucks looked like they were out of it on Tuesday night in Nashville, and then they weren’t. In spite of a defensive “effort” from Tyler Myers that will be talked about for a long time, the Canucks clawed their way back into a tie before dropping it in the shootout for the second time this season to the Predators.
Now they head to Missouri, and the St Louis Blues, who appear to be blowing things up just a few short years after winning it all. Weird, I was under the impression you could only retool on the fly, that you couldn’t just accept that you had to rebuild, and actually do it. I am sure Francesco knows best, though.
Tonight will also mark the Canucks debut of the other piece in the Bo Horvat trade, as Aatu Raty will be in the lineup after being called up from Abbotsford. They’ve also called up Guillaume Brisebois, and Riley Stillman will sit out tonight. Despite how well he played, Phil Di Giuseppe has been returned to Abbotsford, which is a disappointment to say the least, but good news for the AHL Canucks as they march towards the playoffs.
Canucks projected lineup
Andrei Kuzmenko — Elias Pettersson — Anthony Beauvillier
Conor Garland — J.T. Miller — Brock Boeser
Vasily Podkolzin — Aatu Raty — Sheldon Dries
Dakota Joshua — Nils Aman — Jack Studnicka
Christian Wolanin — Tyler Myers
Guillaume Brisebois — Kyle Burroughs
Scratched: Luke Schenn, Riley Stillman
Injured: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (ankle), Curtis Lazar (lower body), Thatcher Demko (groin), Travis Dermott (undisclosed), Ilya Mikheyev (torn ACL), Tanner Pearson (hand), Tucker Poolman (undisclosed)
Blues projected lineup
Brandon Saad — Robert Thomas — Jordan Kyrou
Ivan Barbashev — Brayden Schenn — Pavel Buchnevich
Sammy Blais — Logan Brown — Josh Leivo
Alexey Toropchenko — Nathan Walker — Tyler Pitlick
Marco Scandella — Justin Faulk
Tyler Tucker — Robert Bortuzzo
Scratched: Calle Rosen, Nikita Alexandrov
Injured: Torey Krug (lower body), Jake Neighbours (upper body)
Looks like it will be Arturs Silovs vs Giant Piss Baby Jordan Binnington in goal tonight. Raty will center Dries and Podkolzin, and Brisebois will be on the third pairing with Kyle Burroughs.
GAME DAY CHATTER
"Really conscientious guy, 200 foot kind of centre and also versatile to play the wing, excited to see his development."— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 23, 2023
️ Head Coach Rick Tocchet on Aatu Räty@theprovince | #Canucks pic.twitter.com/4MXSdT0f6n
Tocchet says Demko still need a couple of good, hard practices before game action. #Canucks only have one practice scheduled (Fri) before game in Dallas Monday.— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) February 23, 2023
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Danish bangers HATESPHERE have a new album on the way, with more of the melodic death-tinged thrash they’re known for. Check out ‘Cutthroat’ off ‘Hatred Reborn’ which hits the shelves on March 24th.
Enjoy the game, everyone. Go Canucks Go.