Vancouver Canucks, Rick Tocchet

Canucks Line-up Hosting The First Place VGK

The Canucks go at it against the top dogs in the Pacific Division when the Vegas Golden Knights come calling to Rogers Arena. The Knights will try to solidify a hold on home ice throughout the Western Conference playoffs; they presently have a three point cushion in that race over the Dallas Stars who host the Seattle Kraken Tuesday evening.

For the Canucks it’s a matter of staying on top of a completely different set of tasks, that of building an identity, a confidence, and the systems that will carry them into what they hope will be a successful start to next season.

Gradually more and more new faces will make their way into the line-up. Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet said he expects to see recently acquired defenceman Filip Hronek in the Vancouver line-up for the first time against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

Recently signed college winger and Canucks 2019 7th-round NHL Draft choice Aidan Mcdonough could follow soon after.

Canucks AM Line-up

This was the look from the Canucks at the morning skate via radio man Brendan Batchelor:

Phil Di Giuseppe – J.T. Miller – Brock Boeser
Andrei Kuzmenko – Elias Pettersson – Anthony Beauvillier
Dakota Joshua – Nils Åman – Conor Garland

Vitali Kravtsov – Sheldon Dries – Vasily Podkolzin

Quinn Hughes – Noah Juulsen
Guillaume Brisebois – Ethan Bear

Christian Wolanin – Tyler Myers

Thatcher Demko

Miller and Pettersson have 12 points over the last eight Canucks games. Hughes has eleven and Kuzmenko has ten over their last ten games.

Golden Knights Expected Line-up

Ivan Barbashev – Jack Eichel – Jonathan Marchessault
Reilly Smith – William Karlsson – Pavel Dorofeyev

Paul Cotter – Chandler Stephenson – Phil Kessel

Brett Howden – Teddy Blueger – Michael Amadio

Alec Martinez – Alex Pietrangelo

Brayden McNabb – Shea Theodore

Nicolas Hague – Zach Whitecloud

Smith has a career high eight-game point streak.

Puck drop is a little after 7 pm at Rogers Arena.

Enjoy the Hockey Action !!

Rob Simpson

Rob Simpson has covered the NHL in five different decades. He’s authored 4 books on hockey and is a veteran TV and radio play-by-play man and reporter.