Chances are, you know someone who’s sick right now.
And if you don’t, you at least know of someone who’s sick.
After Elias Pettersson missed Friday’s practice with an illness, both he and Brock Boeser will be game-time decisions to play in tonight’s matchup between the Vancouver Canucks and the Winnipeg Jets. The illness kept Boeser out of Wednesday’s game against the Calgary Flames.
Here’s what went down at morning skate today.
- Think of the above lines as the lineup if Pettersson is unable to go tonight. One would assume that Pettersson would slot into his normal spot alongside Ilya Mikheyev and Andrei Kuzmenko, with Miller going down to the third line, should Pettersson be good to go.
- If Pettersson isn’t good to go, it would appear that Lane Pederson will make his Canucks debut tonight on a line with Nils Höglander and Sheldon Dries. Brock Boeser should slot in for Dries if he’s healthy enough to do so. We wrote about what to expect from Pederson earlier today. You can read that article by clicking here.
- Spencer Martin was the first goaltender off the ice according to Brendan Batchelor, and is the Canucks’ projected starter tonight. Martin was good in Wednesday night’s victory over Calgary, and will look to continue to settle into the starter’s role.
- Riley Stillman is back in the lineup after Kyle Burroughs slotted in alongside Tyler Myers Wednesday night in Calgary.
- The Quinn Hughes-Ethan Bear pairing remains intact. That pairing was good against the Flames.
What was said
Luke Schenn talked about Lane Pederson, who is the longtime boyfriend of Schenn’s sister.
“I mean obviously I know Lane pretty well,” said Schenn. “Probably for about eight or nine years now, I met him when he was probably 14 or 15 years old. He’s come a long way… Last summer was the first summer where he trained with Brayden and I in Kelowna too, so we’re super proud of him, he’s come a long way, and hopefully he gets a crack at it soon.
Lane Pederson himself spoke about the influence Schenn has had on his career to this point.
“He’s been huge for me in my development just through the time knowing him and his brother, the whole family,” said Pederson. “Had the chance to get more of a hands-on approach this summer, moving out to Kelowna and getting to be with him kind of day in and day out, showing me good habits of being a good pro and working on little things to try and improve my game. He’s been huge for me and I’m pretty excited that he’s here.”
Pederson also talked about his success with the Abbotsford Canucks this season, as he’s scored 17 goals through 18 games.
“I mean, 35% is probably a bit of luck,” Pederson said of his high shooting percentage in the AHL this season. “But I’ve been playing with Podz [Vasily Podkolzin] and Di Giuseppe as of late, so those guys make life pretty easy on me. They’re two really good players, skilled players, big. We try to hold pucks down low and make some plays and it’s been a lot of fun.”
Puck drop between the Jets and Canucks is at 7 PM Pacific tonight from Rogers Arena.