I'm suprised no one had made one yet, so I guess I'll do the honours.
Gametime: 4:00 pm
TV: sportsnet, get to hear Jim Hughston's voice again..."great save Cloutier"
I haven't heard what the line-up will look like since it seems Crow will change it every game, but I'm pretty sure Cloutier will get the start.
The Canucks had the best road record in the Western Conference last year with a 23-10-8 record, but will be facing an improved Columbus Blue Jacket team that added Sydor and Marchant during the off-season. It should be an interesting test for the Canuck team, as the BJ's will be excited with it be Columbus day, and were difficult little buggers to play last year. Of note, the Blue Jackets will reveal their new 3rd jersey's tonight.
Columbus' offence busted out last game, but can't be counted on for 5 a night, Vancouver's team defence has been solid. Naslund is bound to score, and with the bad blood between these teams, the Jackets will take a few penalties and the Canucks should capatalize. Columbus always gives Vancouver fits, but withut Whitney things will be different, Arvedson/Linden/Cooke on Casssels and Sanderson and the game should be controlled by Vancouver.
Because of Columbus' scrappy nature when facing the Canucks, I'll say that the game will be tied 1-1 on goals by Naslund and Vyborny until about 6 minutes left in the third and Linden gets the game winner, Sami Salo adds an empty-netter.
Who will sit out tonights game? I think Lindgren, Keane and Allen will sit.
Lindgren's apparently out with a bad back, so we can count on that... It's pretty certain that Malik and Ruutu will draw back in as well so... I agree with Keane being scratched, although he has already missed one game, but he adds less against a non-offensive team. I would also agree about Allen unless they're trying to get him playing a bunch early on, but I wouldn't scratch Slegr, and probably not Sopel... so I'm pretty much with you the whole way.
Isn't David Ling on Columbus? I admire that guy. He goes full out every shift. I can't see Ruutu getting scratched after his solid performance opening night. The real question mark is who is going to sit out on the blueline.
I just played Vancouver @ Columbus on ESPN NHL hockey for Xbox and this is how it turned out:
Vancouver 3 OT
Van :32 Markus Naslund (Morrison, Jovanovski)
Van 6:22 Brendan Morrison (Bertuzzi, Naslund)
Cbs 19:45 David Vyborny (Cassels, Sanderson)
Cbs: 16:57 David Vyborny (Cassels)
Van 3:33 Trevor Linden (Arvedson, Slegr)
Shots were 41 for Vancouver and 23 for Columbus I was sure that Denis was going to knock me off, but a knuckler for the blueline beat him in OT. It was a fun game and I hope the real game is as enjoyable. I am bored.
It feels like the Sedin line will wrack up some points today. I think the Blue Jackets will be keying in on the top line, leaving the second line covered with less experienced players, and they shall pay for their indiscretion.
I think the Blue Jackets will be coming out very very hard and fast, but I also believe they are going to be suprised by the talent and effort the Canucks are now icing.
If Denis plays a great game, it could actually be a low scoring affair... but I don't think that's going to happen.
King and Allen are out. I just heard it on the radio.
That sucks, I was hoping King would play another. I guess this is all part of Crawford trying to give everyone equal ice-time. I really don't see the point of dressing Keane for this one though, save him for the game against the Wings.