VANCOUVER CANUCKS (23-30-5) vs BOSTON BRUINS (44-8-5)
4:00 PM PST
ROGERS ARENA, VANCOUVER, BC
TV: SN PACIFIC, SN WEST, CITY. RADIO: SN650
This shouldn’t have to happen.
No, I’m not actually talking about how the Canucks are going to get fed their lunch by the best team in the NHL tonight, although it does make me wonder whether I can sit through this one. I’m talking about the way this game appears on the schedule. The Bruins, as you may know, are on their West Coast swing at the moment, having played a pretty entertaining game in Seattle the other night. And naturally, when teams visit Seattle, they’re also gonna make their stop in Vancouver. Just one problem there, chief. They’re in the middle of a Central division road trip. But the NHL, in its infinite wisdom, and willingness to pander to some teams over others, decided that the Canucks should return home, so as not to incovenience the Bruins. And they bumped up the start time to a more Boston friendly 7pm Eastern start while they were at it. Was there not any other sacrifices that the Canucks should make for the league’s beloved Bruins? Make Elias Pettersson a healthy scratch? Tell Sportsnet to carry the NESN feed so we can all regale in whatever bullshit’s gonna come out of Jack Edwards’ mouth tonight?
So is it really that big of a deal? Well, when you consider that the Canucks are always one of the teams that put on the most miles, this trip adds a ridiculous amount to that total. If the Canucks next game were in Dallas, which is where they play Monday, the flight distance from St Louis to Dallas is 548 miles. Thanks to this lovely bit of scheduling, they instead flew home from St Louis (1770 miles) and then will head to Dallas tomorrow (1768 miles). So, instead of travelling the 548 to Dallas, they put on an additional 2990 miles for this one game. They could have tacked it on to the Bruins in January when they played the three California teams, but as well know all too well, the NHL simply doesn’t punish the Bruins for anything.
It’s a shame, because as far as weeks go, this one was actually not completely horrible for Canucks fans. We got the wins over the Flyers, and that Thursday night comeback in St Louis where Elias Pettersson, JT Miller and Andrei Kuzmenko clowned Jordan Binnington in the third period and walked out of St Louis with Binnington’s dignity and two points. After all that, this game is just gonna be a bummer, and we can all get back to remembering that the Canucks losing is the best thing for them right now. It’s just that losing to these guys still sucks so much.
Bruins projected lineup
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Jake DeBrusk
Pavel Zacha - David Krejci — David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall — Charlie Coyle — Nick Foligno
A.J. Greer — Trent Frederic - Garnet Hathaway
Hampus Lindholm — Brandon Carlo
Derek Forbort — Connor Clifton
Scratched: Jakub Zboril, Matt Grzelcyk
Injured: Tomas Nosek (lower body), Vinni Lettieri (lower body)
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
Riley Stillman — Kyle Burroughs
Scratched: Luke Schenn, Guillaume Brisebois
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)
GM Patrik Allvin announced today that the Vancouver Canucks have acquired F Vitali Kravtsov from the New York Rangers in exchange for F William Lockwood and a 7th round pick in the 2026 NHL entry draft. pic.twitter.com/emb19y87q9— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 25, 2023
So... I can’t say I’m surprised that they dealt Lockwood. A fresh start might be what he needs, as he appeared to have stalled out in his time here. Kravtsov was taken two spots after Quinn Hughes in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Sure, let’s see what he can do. Low cost, low risk on a kid who also might thrive from a change of scenery (as well as playing with guys he knows).
While the above nhl.com roster info says Delia is backing up Silovs tonight, that may not be the case:
Correction to this. Goalies were Demko and Silovs. Delia was absent. https://t.co/lM35ANvzH9— Brendan Batchelor (@BatchHockey) February 24, 2023
GAME DAY CHATTER
General Manager Patrik Allvin announced today that F Curtis Lazar has been placed on injured reserve.— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 25, 2023
Happy Birthday, Boes! pic.twitter.com/u8yo4eb19e— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 25, 2023
"Everybody's been great...Had a few familiar faces from Abby and obviously, Beauvillier, knowing him from New York was really nice."— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 24, 2023
Aatu Räty talks to the media following Friday's practice pic.twitter.com/OuJiIXP3U7
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
If you’re gonna subject yourself to this game, I suggest you prepare accordingly and consume copious amounts of beer. And as luck would have it, Germany’s beer soaked thrash kings TANKARD just dropped a new video for their track ‘Beerbarians’. Crack a cold one, crank this one up and get ready for a long early evening of hockey.
Enjoy the game, if that’s possible. Go Canucks Go. Fuck the Bruins.