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Game Preview / Gamethread #78: Canucks vs Vegas

April 8, 2024
- Westy

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (42-26-8) at CANUCKS (47-22-8)

10 p.m. ET; TVAS, SN1, SCRIPPS

"A second too late." ~ Coach Taco

You got that right coach. The passes, the shots, the checks and getting to a spot....are all looking slow right now. Players are not loose right now and the team has lost 4 out of their last 6 games, all to playoff teams.

The media did a good job of hitting on all the points that need to be mentioned. The only question that Taco seemed to have trouble with, was the one about sending a message physically when Hughes took a hit at the end of the game. I am sure the player in him, wants his players to beat the shit out of Trevor Moore, but the coach in him doesn't want any injuries like Dakota had.

This game tonight is important just to see how the Nucks rebound from a bad loss. The first thing that needs to disappear is penalties. Taco mentions Juulsen is playing to help the PK, but I would prefer that he isn't needed.

J.T. seems pretty calm about the play of the team of late, which is good to see....... I guess? We do have some players that have been in the playoffs, so hopefully he can lead by example in the next couple games to help get this team some confidence.

Golden Knights projected lineup

Ivan Barbashev -- Jack Eichel -- Jonathan Marchessault

Tomas Hertl -- Chandler Stephenson -- Michael Amadio

Pavel Dorofeyev -- William Karlsson -- Anthony Mantha

Paul Cotter -- Brett Howden -- Keegan Kolesar

Noah Hanifin -- Nicolas Hague

Brayden McNabb -- Shea Theodore

Alec Martinez -- Zach Whitecloud

Logan Thompson

Adin Hill

Scratched: Ben Hutton, Brendan Brisson, Jiri Patera

Injured: Alex Pietrangelo (illness), William Carrier (undisclosed), Mark Stone (lacerated spleen), Nicolas Roy (undisclosed)

Canucks projected lineup

Nils Hoglander -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Dakota Joshua -- J.T. Miller -- Conor Garland

Ilya Mikheyev -- Teddy Blueger -- Vasily Podkolzin

Pius Suter -- Sam Lafferty

Quinn Hughes -- Filip Hronek

Carson Soucy -- Tyler Myers

Ian Cole -- Nikita Zadorov

Noah Juulsen

Arturs Silovs

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Mark Friedman, Phillip Di Giuseppe, Nils Aman

Injured: Thatcher Demko (lower body), Elias Lindholm (upper body)

Status report

Hertl will make his Vegas debut after being acquired March 8 in a trade with the San Jose Sharks. It will be his first game since playing for San Jose on Jan. 27 and having surgery Feb. 12 to clean out loose cartilage in his left knee. … Thompson will start despite leaving practice early Sunday. ... Hill, who has missed six games because of an undisclosed injury, was other goalie at the morning skate. Coach Bruce Cassidy said he wasn’t sure if Hill was healthy enough to back up, meaning Patera could be the backup goalie. … Pietrangelo, a defenseman, is not with Vegas on its two-game road trip, which includes a game at the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. … The Canucks are expected to dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen, with Juulsen back in after missing three games. … Lindholm, who has missed six games, took part in the morning skate, but the forward remains day to day.

Game Day Battle Hymn

Today I go outside the it catchy...yes...does it have drums and guitar...sure....Is it in
I give you Argentinian 80's rock band Soda Stereo.

Go Canucks Go!


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