The Vancouver Canucks are in Ottawa to take on one of the few teams in the league with a worse record than them.
After a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, the Canucks are simply looking to string together wins against another lowly opponent who they — in theory — should be able to beat.
Here’s how the Canucks lined up at the Canadian Tire Centre this morning:
The Canucks’ lineup remains unchanged from the lineup that managed to beat the Habs on Monday.
What was said
Head coach Travis Green says Thatcher Demko will start in goal. Today, Green also said similar things to what we’ve heard already — that he likes the compete level of his group, even through the losses.
“We’ve been in so many one-goal games this year, to get the job done — I think it adds confidence to our team. I give our group a lot of credit, their confidence and their willingness to play hasn’t wavered. Their belief in what they need to do to win doesn’t waver and that’s sometimes hard when things aren’t going well.”
Quinn Hughes trusts the process and is remaining optimistic.
“I think our five-on-five game has been really good,” said Hughes. “It’s just been our special teams that’s been bugging us. I think the PK has been doing really well recently and the powerplay’s starting to feel a little bit more confident. We’ve always had that confidence in our five-on-five game. I don’t think that really has to change and now that we have the other things going, I think we’re starting to feel comfortable and there’s still a lot of hockey to be played, so we just have to stay positive and take it one game at a time. It sounds super cliche, but that’s the reality of the situation.”
The Canucks have a chance to string together two wins against two bad teams and at least build up some more confidence heading into their six-game homestand, which kicks off on Saturday with a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Puck drop is at 4:30 PM Pacific from the nation’s capital this evening.