Canucks Army (Preseason) GDT #1: Canucks vs. Sharks

The season is officially upon us.

While it’s still technically just the preseason, beggars really can’t be choosers. When taking into account the fact that it has been 163 days since the Vancouver Canucks last played a game we could talk about, hockey of this sort in any form will surely be a sight for sore eyes.

Tonight you get two for the price of one.

Game A: Sharks @ Canucks

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 6:00 PT

TV: Sportsnet 360 

The Lineup

L1: Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Radim Vrbata

L2: Hunter Shinkaruk – Linden Vey – Alex Friesen

L3: Mike Zalewski – Bo Horvat – Derek Dorsett

L4: Ronalds Kenins – Kellan Lain – Dane Fox

P1: Alex Edler – Frank Corrado

P2: Dan Hamhuis – Jordan Subban

P3: Peter Andersson – Kevin Bieksa

Goalies: Eddie Lack, Joe Cannata

By my count, there’s 10 players in that lineup above who figure to be involved in some capacity when the Canucks open their regular season two weeks from tomorrow in Calgary. That’s not including the likes of Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk, who both have something to prove in this upcoming slate of 6 games. 

For Horvat, there has been a lot of talk about the potential of him earning a spot as a bottom-6 pivot out of camp. As for Shinkaruk, he’d do well to reprise some of the magic we saw from him in an eerily similar spot to this just last year.

It’s worth noting that you can also listen to this game on TSN1040, as well.

Game B: Canucks @ Sharks

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 7:30 PT

TV: ???

The Lineup

L1: Alex Burrows – Nick Bonino – Zack Kassian

L2: Brendan Gaunce – Cal O’Reilly – Nicklas Jensen

L3: Tom Sestito – Dustin Jeffrey – Alex Grenier

L4: Darren Archibald – Cole Cassels – Brandon DeFazio

P1: Yannick Weber – Chris Tanev

P2: Henrik Tommernes – Bobby Sanguinetti

P3: Anton Cederholm – Alex Biega

Goalies: Jacob Markstrom, Joacim Eriksson

The second of the two split-squad games between these two teams is set to go down in Stockton, due to a scheduling conflict at the Shark Tank. It doesn’t appear that there’s any way to actually track down footage of this game tonight, so you’ll just have to take our word for it that it’s actually happening. 

As you could’ve expected, a far less NHL-ready squad is being sent over to compete in this game. They’ll be tasked with going up against a Sharks squad that’ll include the Hertl-Jumbo Joe-Pavelski triumvirate, their top defense pairing in Vlasic and Braun, and Antti Niemi. 

The real matchup to watch though, of course, is what happens when hockey’s equivalent of the Immovable Object (John Scott) meets the Unstoppable Force (Top Sixtito) in an epic collision course of 3rd line left wingers. Especially considering that Willie Desjardins has supposedly told Sixtito to tone it down with the fisticuffs this season. You’ll just have to wait patiently by the telegraph to hear word of what transpired in Stockton, California tonight.