Can the Canucks carry their high-flying offence with them against the Flames tonight? Can Troy Stetcher continue to be lights out awesome? Probably not, but don’t let that get in the way of the hype train. The Richmond, B.C. native put on an electric performance, after all.
Then there’s Thatcher Demko’s debut in a Canucks uniform. Oh, let’s not forget Ben Hutton and Erik Gudbranson.
So, tonight Calgary welcomes Vancouver, and we’ll watch with intent, because there isn’t any filler hockey tournament taking away valuable TV time anymore.
RADIO: TSN 1040
PUCK DROP: 6PM (Stupid daylight savings time!)
#Canucks roster tonight includes: Tanev, Hutton, Gudbranson, Tryamkin, Larsen and Brisebois
Bachman and Demko
— Ryan Biech (@ryanbiech) September 30, 2016
REASONS TO WATCH THIS PRESEASON GAME
- Jake Virtanen normally would have slotted into this game had he not been dinged up but there’s a good chance we don’t see him until closer to the end of preseason, just a hunch. Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi, Brendan Gaunce and maybe Alex Burrows will headline. It’s not the big club but it works for me.
- The enigma that is Jayson Megna hopefully slots back in. He was a Hartford Wolfpack regular last season getting 6 games with the Rangers and even scoring a goal. It’s nice to have warm bodies so these games don’t seem completely boring so maybe he gets a chance to dazzle a bit. He was NWO elite in Hartford with 15 G and 29 assists as a centre. Might help the Comets do some damage this year.
- Brandon Sutter should make an appearance to get his career year started. He needs as much game action as possible if he’s gonna put up 29 points this year. If he’s healthy this season it gives the Canucks some much-needed depth up the middle and give Horvat the time and space to become the true heir to the 2nd line throne.
- It’s in Calgary and it’s on early, that’s a deal breaker for a lot of people. But a year ago I was so skeptical about the pre-season and everything it stood for and I stand here today, asking you to watch this game. Plus, you need to get ready for Henrik and Daniel Sedin to come back and it will just be all weird and stuff if you don’t know who’s playing with them…that isn’t name Loui or Jannik.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Gulutzan also says he’d like to be down to 24 or 25 skaters in the near future. They’re currently at 44 skaters. #Flames
— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) September 29, 2016
Might as well do it early, the rest of those bums are just wasting popcorn and good wifi
Considering the Flames have basically been playing with house money for two seasons now, their preseason probably goes swimmingly until the real stuff begins. As the person in charge of the most IMPORTANT GDT on the Canucks interwebs, I predict with 67% confidence the Canucks will skate away victors.