Vancouver Canucks gameday: Clash with Detroit Red Wings

The Vancouver Canucks will look to cap off the perfect homestand when they host the Detroit Red Wings tonight. Here’s what to know for gameday.

“There’s no place like home” has been the early season theme for the Vancouver Canucks, who are 2-0 at Rogers Arena after dropping their first two contests in the young 2019-20 campaign.

Now, the Canucks have the chance to finish the homestand with a perfect 3-0 record. Coming off a close 3-2 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver will now try to move to 3-2-0 on the season as they prepare for a clash with the Detroit Red Wings.

After this, the Canucks begin a four-game road trip on Thursday, starting with a contest against the St. Louis Blues. With the Pacific Division wide open in the early going, the Canucks have to secure all the points they can.

Detroit is off to a 3-2 start, and they’ve dominated play at Rogers Arena in recent years — winning four of the last six meetings here. The clubs split the two-game season series last year, with the home team winning each time.

Players to watch

J.T. Miller: Vancouver’s marquee offseason acquisition leads the team with five points through  four games. He’s been key in steering the offence while the Canucks await breakthrough performances from Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser.

Anthony Mantha: The big 6-foot-5, 225-pound winger is already up to six goals and eight points in just five games. Four of those goals came in the Oct. 6 contest against the Dallas Stars. Mantha is quickly growing into one of the NHL’s top snipers.

Brock Boeser: The 22-year-old finally scored his first goal of the season in Saturday’s win against Philadelphia. Now would be a good time for Boeser to build off that and find more consistency on offence.

Dylan Larkin: Detroit’s rising superstar has gotten better every single year. He tallied 73 points last year, and he’s already at six through five games. Larkin has given Vancouver problems in the past, and his blazing speed will seriously challenge Vancouver’s blue line tonight.

Prediction: 4-2 Canucks

The Canucks have played extremely inspiring hockey on their own ice thus far, and after pulling out a gutsy win over a tough Philadelphis team, it’s hard for me to pick against them vs. a rebuilding Detroit club here.

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Vancouver is simply the better team right now, with more game-changing players on their roster. Once again, home advantage is the key as the Canucks come away with a 4-2 victory, thanks to big games from Pettersson and Boeser.