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Game Preview / Gamethread #71: Canucks vs Flames

March 23, 2024
- Westy

FLAMES (33-30-5) at CANUCKS (44-18-8)

10 p.m. ET; CBC, TVAS, SN, CITY

I wonder who be able to get revenge against their former tonight...Zadorov...Lindholm...or Kuz? Hoping for the 2nd....dreading the 3rd choice.

It's been a minute since we have seen the Flames. Back on Dec 2, the Canucks gave up 2 PP goals but managed to beat the Flames 4-3. The season series is tied 1-1 and these teams will meet one more time on Apr 16th. I am not going to say that this season has been a surprise for the Flames after last year's shit show. They had a shot to be a wild card team, but they have been a streaky team on both sides of the win loss column and will end being a .500 team at best and out of the playoffs again.

The Canucks come into tonight looking to win their 3rd in a row and 4th on this home stand. i mentioned this before, but the schedule at this time of year has been very nice to this team for once. Players are getting rest and practice time in before the playoffs. After tonight, the Canucks only play twice over the week. Casey DeSmith has played well over the past 4 games and the team has done a good job of limiting dangerous chances.

Flames projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Yegor Sharangovich -- Andrei Kuzmenko

Andrew Mangiapane -- Mikael Backlund -- Blake Coleman

Connor Zary -- Nazem Kadri -- Martin Pospisil

A.J. Greer -- Kevin Rooney -- Dryden Hunt

Oliver Kylington -- Rasmus Andersson

MacKenzie Weegar -- Daniil Miromanov

Joel Hanley -- Brayden Pachal

Jacob Markstrom

Dustin Wolf

Scratched: Jakob Pelletier, Walker Duehr, Dennis Gilbert, Nikita Okhotiuk, Matt Coronato

Injured: Dan Vladar (hip)

Canucks projected lineup

Pius Suter -- J.T. Miller -- Brock Boeser

Nils Hoglander -- Elias Pettersson -- Conor Garland

Ilya Mikheyev -- Elias Lindholm -- Sam Lafferty

Nils Aman -- Teddy Blueger -- Vasily Podkolzin

Quinn Hughes -- Filip Hronek

Carson Soucy -- Tyler Myers

Nikita Zadorov -- Noah Juulsen

Casey DeSmith

Arturs Silovs

Scratched: Mark Friedman, Phillip Di Giuseppe

Injured: Ian Cole (undisclosed), Thatcher Demko (lower body), Dakota Joshua (upper body)

Status report

Markstrom will return and start after missing five games with a lower-body injury. ... that has kept him out five games since he last played March 9. … Coach Ryan Huska said Zary could return after missing eight games with an upper-body injury, and line rushes in practice Friday indicated that will be the case. … Lindholm took a maintenance day and did not practice Friday but took part in an optional morning skate Saturday and said he will play against his former team for the first time since being traded to the Canucks on Jan. 31. … DeSmith will make his fifth straight start. ... Cole, a defenseman, will miss his second straight game. - NHL.COM

Game Day Battle Hymn

Our guy Kent, has said that he wants to be off the LTIR by the playoffs, and he has said that metal will be on the menu, so I have limited time to bring John Tesh back. But not tonight..

Tonight I bring something simple...two people. But if you were to turn up the volume the audio device of your choosing, it would be loud.

Go Canucks Go!

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