Preseason Game #6 Preview: Rangers @ Canucks

Hey, I know that guy! (Image via John Minchillo/AP)

A friendly face, depending who you talk to of course, comes back to town tonight as Alain Vigneault and his new squad, the New York Rangers, visit Rogers Arena to face the Canucks.

While speaking with Brad Ziemer this morning, Vigneault said that "fans don’t come to see coaches.. I don’t think anyone is coming to see me". While that’s definitely true, there’s no denying that his return is dominating the headlines today. And that’s a much needed relief for the Canucks, who haven’t provided us with very many positives to discuss over the past few weeks. A distraction is more than welcome right about now.

Tonight’s tilt with the Rangers marks the final game of the preseason for the Canucks, meaning that this will be the last chance for fringe guys like Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk to make an impression on the coaching staff in the hopes of sticking around for the team’s opener a week from tonight.

Broadcast Info:

Puck-drop: 7 PM PST

Television: TSN

Radio: Team1040


L1: Sedin-Sedin-Burrows

L2: Higgins-Kesler-Hansen

L3: Booth-Santorelli-Shinkaruk

L4: Sestito-Horvat-Richardson

P1: Edler-Bieksa

P2: Tanev-Corrado

P3: Alberts-Weber

In Net: Luongo (expected to play full game)

Hey, David Booth is expected to make his preseason debut! It has been since March 16th, so seeing him out there will surely be a pleasant sight for Canucks fans. For everyone’s sake, let’s hope he gets through this test without a hitch. 

There’s not all that much more to say about tonight’s lineup, though. Horvat and Shinkaruk both have one final shot to force John Tortorella’s hand in keeping them around for at least the first few games of the season.

I don’t know how I feel about that group of defensemen, though. Actually, that’s a lie, because I know exactly how I feel about it: yuck. Obviously things will look significantly different once the team’s two most reliable blueliners Hamhuis and Garrison draw back in next Thursday, but for now I guess we’ll have to sit through the Yannick Weber-Andrew Alberts experience for one more night. 

The Rangers came to terms with their top center Derek Stepan, but he won’t be in the lineup tonight. If you’d like a further look at what the Rangers have going on tonight, I’d recommend following Pat Leonard who does a commendable job of covering the team. Here’s their lineup from this morning’s skate:

I will be at tonight’s game, so feel free to follow along with me on Twitter. We’ll also be posting (mostly snarky) thoughts from the Canucks Army feed, as well. It should be a good one.

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    • DCR

      Torts does more than just chew gum. And Torts has won the cup, AV has nothing to look back on but a ‘wham bam thank you mam’ from Boston and Julien. Stubborn guys do not make for great players and they never make for great coaches as well. Just ask old Patty Quinn and the country club he ran over here way back when.

    • DCR

      Is pre-game skate an option?

      The way his luck is, I can see Booth stepping on one of the loose pucks during warm-ups, and that throwing his stride off just enough to destroy his already fragile groin… (but hey, just making it to the pre-game skate is progress after he didn’t make it through the morning skate last time)

  • argoleas

    I’m not so sure Booth’s injury troubles are luck anymore. He just sounds like a poorly conditioned athlete. I’m pretty done with him, he’ll have to win me back in a strong way if he wants me to not call for him being traded or placed on ILTR for a good long time.

  • DCR

    Wow – not impressed with any of those D-pairs. Edler works better with either Tanev or Corrado, IMHO, and Alberts would be okay with the other. Not sure how Weber/Bieksa would work, though.

  • DCR

    You can bet that should AV’s Rangers choke a couple of seasons away like his Canucks did, he won;t even bother showing up for the after season conference. Accountability duckers wills always be accountability duckers.

    Meanwhile the Canucks have a goalie that’s checked out, got nothing to lose or win, and they traded their future goalie away to a team that has the balls and foresight to utilize his talent. Gillis will end up being the Batman and Robin movies of the franchise. A complete and utter joke.

  • DCR

    Is Torterella trying to give me a god darn heart attack at the age of 24?


    Someone go slap Torts upside the head. Seriously.