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CANUCKS ARMY PRESEASON GDT II – CANUCKS VS. GOLDEN KNIGHTS

For the first time, the Vegas Golden Knights will take on the Vancouver Canucks in a sanctioned hockey match. They’re probably a lot more excited than most of Canucks nation but a first is a first. Vegas will be without their star defenseman, Luca Sbisa, but they should be able to contend against such a rock star group of players that are the Vancouver Canucks.

Yesterday was no joke. The Canucks are going to own this preseason and it doesn’t matter where they play. LA, Vancouver, China? Who cares! This team is for real and the NHL will take note after this beatdown.

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE OFF

TV: SNET-P

RADIO: SNET 650

PUCK DROP: 2:00 PM

 

LINE COMBINATIONS

Most likely, Brock Boeser and Jake Virtanen are in today after strong performances against the Kings. As it’s a home game, Henrik and Daniel Sedin will probably see today’s game as well before leaving on a jet plane to China.

Vancouver Canucks lines courtesy of… no one yet:

Based on these scrimmage lines, this may be a solid look at what we could expect to see this afternoon:

 

There is some serious, good, young talent on this roster today with forwards Nick Suzuki and Cody Glass (Canucks Army favs) highlighting the group. Lots of former WHL talent on this team so I hate to say it, Vegas might be in good hands.

OK, no more compliments.

Vegas Golden Knights lines courtesy of NHL.com:

Forwards: William Carrier, Cody Glass, Tomas Hyka, Keegan Kolesar, Brendan Leipsic, Stefan Matteau, Tomas Nosek, Nick Suzuki, Paul Thompson, Alex TuchTJ Tynan and Tyler Wong

Defensemen: Jake Bischoff, Nicolas Hague, Brad HuntGriffin ReinhartClayton Stoner and Shea Theodore

Goaltenders:  Dylan Ferguson and Jiri Patera

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

FOCUS, VEGAS! Expansion teams just don’t take these games seriously enough.

MY TAKE

After yesterday’s exciting finish, I honestly don’t know how anything could be better? Vegas is part of the NHL now if they are even 1/10th as cool as their Twitter persona, good things are ahead. It would be a great idea to maybe take fewer penalties today and oh, I dunno, shoot the puck a bit more.

SCORE PREDICTION

Simple and to the point – Canucks win it in regulation 3-1.

  • Eamon

    Absolutely fascinated with this one. Shame Fleury won’t be in net for Vegas but Glass, Suzuki and Hague will be of particular interest as two of the three could’ve been Canuck picks I believe.

  • Dinsdale

    What a lineup iced by the Canucks.
    Maybe a couple players with realistic shots at joining the big club, and the rest all bound for Utica or worse.
    I think Megna, Chaput, Biega, and Bachman are the only four players who qualify as “veterans” (yeah, I know, right) under the 8-vet-minimum preseason rule–I guess the league let them off the hook so they can take the veteran-loaded team to China.

    • Gerald Diduck

      I’m surprised Boeser isn’t going to China, he was the only Canucks player today who looked like an NHLer, but 9-4?? that was totally embarrassing.

      Demko and Juolevi look a long way off, as do Virtanen and Goldy. Gonna be a long season methinks. In comparison, the Knights prospects look good, real good. Don’t f^^k with the Wongs!

      • Eamon

        Yep, I was hoping we wouldn’t regret not picking Glass, I hoped wrong, the kid is going to be a star right away. I am genuinely shocked how fast and good the Vegas kids are. That was basically Utica they stomped all over. What’s it gonna be like when their big guns join the fray. Happy days.