The Vancouver Canucks are looking to play two preseason games as part of it’s week-long training camp, according to the Vancouver Sun’s Iain MacIntyre.
MacIntyre says “camp won’t be week of practices” and the team wants to play a home and away preseason game. He notes training camp years past has been three practices and then preseason games.
Will the Canucks be able to find a partner to schedule two preseason games with? The Calgary Flames are the logical choice to do a home-and-home series with as the two teams have done split-squad games to kick off the preseason in the past. However, there will be no split-squads for this training camp since the number of players attending camp are unlikely to exceed 30.
However, it makes more sense for the Flames to schedule preseason games with their provincial rival, the Edmonton Oilers, since there would far less travel. The Canucks may need to look to the state of California and the San Jose Sharks for a preseason matchup as a result.
Another possible arrangement could be a two-game apiece preseason schedule between the Canucks, Flames, and Oilers where it won’t be a home and home. For example, the Canucks could host the Flames and play the Oilers on the road.
Training camp is set to open as early as Wednesday and no later than Saturday, January 12.