Canucks Army GDT #1 – Canucks @ Flames

IT BEGINS.

Broadcast Info

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM Pacific

TV: Sportsnet

Radio: TSN 1040

The Lineup

Courtesy of DailyFaceoff.com:

No real surprises here, as the Canucks lineup looks nearly identical to the one that played their last preseason game in Edmonton. The only differences are that a now healthy Brad Richardson draws in for the demoted Nicklas Jensen, and that Linden Vey and Shawn Matthias have swapped lines.

I also don’t see Jannik Hansen lasting long on the 4th line since he’s far better than a 4th liner and probably should be playing in the spot that Brad Richardson is currently occupying, but lines are fluid and he’ll likely be there before too long.

As far as injuries go, Kevin Bieksa is a game time decision, and should he be good to go, one would thing that he draws in for Yannick Weber, given that Luca Sbisa is management’s guy for now at least. Frank Corrado and Bo Horvat remain out of the Canucks lineup with injuries, and neither look like they’ll be ready to make their regular season debuts for at least a little while longer.

Tonight also marks the official debut for a bunch of Canucks, including Radim Vrbata, Nick Bonino, Linden Vey, Derek Dorsett, Luca Sbisa, and Ryan Miller, as well as the NHL head coaching debut of Willie Desjardins. Let’s hope it’s a memorable debut, and for all the right reasons, unlike the last Canuck to debut against the Calgary Flames.

Speaking of those Calgary Flames, despite being among the smallest and lightest teams in the NHL this year, they bring some significant truculence to their home opener, as Brandon Bollig, Brian McGrattan, and Deryk Engelland all will be in their lineup tonight. Former Canuck Mason Raymond will also be making his Flames regular season debut on a line with Corsi Hockey League all-star Mikael Backlund and VANCOUVER GIANTS LEGEND Lance Bouma.

Thanks to an illness, sophomore Sean Monahan is a game time decision for the Flames tonight, and dynamic rookie Sam Bennett will be out for a while thanks to a shoulder injury that may require surgery. Jonas Hiller will get his first regular season start for Calgary.

Anyways, it’s great to be back talking about meaningful NHL hockey again. Here’s to hoping to a fantastic season that exceeds our wildest hopes and dreams and ends in Stanley Cup glory for the Canucks. But short of that, here’s to hoping for a fun and enjoyable year, at the very least. Happy NHL hockey day, everyone!

  • “I also don’t see Jannik Hansen lasting long on the 4th line since he’s far better than a 4th liner and probably should be playing in the spot that Brad Richardson is currently occupying”

    I’m assuming that Richardson is on Vey’s line to take the face-offs. Not sure how good or bad Vey is supposed to be at face-offs, but he looked a little weak during the pre-season. Anyway, it’s nice to see that the Canucks are trying to ice four lines that can more or less play.

  • Cale

    >Linden says Horvat injury was “less serious” then they thought so no #AHL conditioning stint. Will join #Canucks next week.

    Can they do that? I thought he wasn’t AHL-eligible

    • Conditioning stints aren’t subject to normal AHL rules – I think any player who is NHL-eligible can be sent to the AHL on a temporary conditioning stint, but it’s limited to a few games.

  • I think the Canucks looked a bit nervous, but the big line played well as did lines 2 and 3. I think that Hansen got jobbed on the first goal, Colborne interfered with him at the Calgary blueline, which led to the goal. The second goal was Dorsett missing his assignment. I felt sorry for Edler, he played well and ended up minus 2, totally undeserved. I still think they should have kept Jensen and dumped Sestito, he does not have the pace or quickness of hands. I was impressed with Vey and Kassian but I am not sure Richardson will fit with them, that is where I would like to see Jensen.