The struggling Vancouver Canucks come into Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets on Black Friday.
The Canucks are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh and currently have a 6-12-2 record.
The team held practice on Thursday and here is how they lined up. It seems likely this is how the Canucks will line up against the Blue Jackets.
There are seemed to be confusion with a 2-on-0 drill at Thursday’s practice and what J.T. Miller yelled out caused quite the stir online.
This came the day after Miller was asked if everyone on the team was buying in. Miller gave a long pause and responded with “I don’t know.”
It was previously reported that factions were developing in the Canucks front office and rumours are saying that is happening with the players too.
According to Matt Sekeres of the Sekeres and Price show, there is divisions among the players. Tanner Pearson has apparently sided with Bo Horvat while everybody else sided with Miller. Some were at a crossroads and some sided with no one.
However, Travis Green dismissed the rumours in the pre-game media availability on Friday.
Tyler Myers also shot down the rumours.
Every passing day, the pressure continues to grow for Green and general manager Jim Benning. However, all the outside rumblings need to be forgotten once the puck drops. The focus will be on stopping the Nationwide Arena cannon from going off.
The Blue Jackets won their last game 3-0 over the Winnipeg Jets. Elvis Merzlinkis made 36 saves in the shutout and he will be starting against the Canucks.
Per Green, Thatcher Demko will once again be between the pipes for the Canucks.
Players to watch
Blue Jackets- Elvis Merzlikins: The Blue Jackets’ netminder has had a good first quarter of the season with an 8-3-0 record and a 2.44 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.
Canucks- J.T. Miller-: Miller has 19 points on the season which leads the Canucks. After what transpired at practice, he’s going to be fired up.
Puck drop is at 4:00 PM. You can watch the game on Sportsnet Pacific and listen to it on Sportsnet 650.