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Scenes from morning skate: Elias Pettersson says winning streak ‘doesn’t mean s***’ if Canucks don’t keep it up

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David Quadrelli
7 months ago
Elias Pettersson isn’t in the mood for moral victories or pats on the back.
“We feel good now, we’re four in a row, but it doesn’t mean s*** if we don’t continue on this wave and [keep] playing good hockey,” said the star forward after the Vancouver Canucks’ 5-4 overtime win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday. “We’re still behind, we still gotta win games. Just thinking of the next one.”
Tonight, Pettersson and his teammates will look to do just that when they do battle with the last-place Arizona Coyotes.
Here’s what went down at morning skate today.

Line rushes

  • Brock Boeser and Tanner Pearson remain out with upper body injuries, and head coach Bruce Boudreau didn’t an update on either player.
  • Sheldon Dries is expected to slot in tonight, with Nic Petan serving as a healthy scratch.
  • Thatcher Demko is expected to start in goal for the Canucks
As you read earlier today, Brock Boeser won’t need surgery to repair his upper-body ailment, and could be eyeing a Monday return, according to The Fourth Period’s Irfaan Gaffar.
Postmedia’s Ben Kuzma added today that he saw Boeser in the Rogers Arena hallway visiting his former teammates Loui Eriksson and Jay Beagle with an ice pack on his right elbow, indicating it’s thankfully not Boeser’s wrist ailing him.

What was said

Elias Pettersson wants to feel the playoff buzz in this city.
“Yeah, I mean, that’s what we’re playing for,” said Pettersson when asked if there’s any extra motivation to reach the playoffs and actually be able to play in front of fans. “I’ve heard how crazy the playoffs get there, so that’s what we’re fighting to reach.”
Tyler Myers said this is the best he thinks he’s seen Pettersson play, and it’s hard to disagree. Myers also talked about the playoff hunt and the overall vibe in the Canucks’ locker room right now.
“Our group has grown a lot this year,” said Myers. “We’ve come together very well and it’s coming together at the right time of year for keeping ourselves in the fight. We know we have a lot of work to do with not very much time left, so we have to stay make sure we stay focused. Make sure we’re ready to go every night no matter who we’re playing.”
The Canucks will look to keep it rolling against the Coyotes tonight. Puck drop is at 7 PM from Rogers Arena.

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