The Vancouver Canucks (5-2-0) will finish off their back-to-back with a home showdown with the New York Rangers (5-2-0), which will be the two teams’ first of two meetings this season. Casey DeSmith will start this half of the back-to-back with Thatcher Demko backing up fresh off of a shutout performance last night. Without further ado, here are the Canucks lines and pairings for tonight.
Canucks lines vs Rangers, Oct. 28
Phillip Di Giuseppe – J.T. Miller – Brock Boeser
Andrei Kuzmenko – Elias Pettersson – Ilya Mikheyev
Dakota Joshua – Pius Suter – Conor Garland
Anthony Beauvillier – Sam Lafferty – Nils Hoglander
Quinn Hughes – Filip Hronek
Ian Cole – Mark Friedman
Carson Soucy – Tyler Myers
Casey DeSmith will make his third start of the season while Thatcher Demko backs him up after playing last night in the 5-0 win against the St. Louis Blues.
- Anthony Beauvillier has 24 points in 29 career games against the Rangers.
- If the 26-year-old can’t get it going tonight, it might be time to let go of hope for him.
- Casey DeSmith is 2-0-0 in three appearances this season with a 0.938 save percentage.
- After notching a three-point night, J.T. Miller will face his former team once again.
Rangers lines (proj.)
Alexis Lafreniere – Filip Chytil – Artemi Panarin
Chris Kreider – Mika Zibanejad – Kaapo Kakko
Will Cuylle – Vincent Trocheck – Blake Wheeler
Jimmy Vesey – Nick Bonino – Barclay Goodrow
Ryan Lindgren – Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller – Jacob Trouba
Erik Gustafsson – Braden Schneider
Igor Shesterkin will get the start for the Rangers tonight with Jonathan Quick backing him up. Quick just posted a 29-save shutout of the Edmonton Oilers two nights ago, so it would appear the Rangers starting Shesterkin against the Canucks was strategically planned.
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For tonight’s game, the Canucks can be seen on both Sportsnet One and CBC, while Sportsnet 650 will have the radio broadcast.