The Vancouver Canucks (6-2-1) play the winless San Jose Sharks (0-8-1) for the first time this season as they seek to keep their hot streak rolling into November. This game will be an important one for the Canucks, as a much tougher test lies ahead with the Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, and Toronto Maple Leafs all on tap over the next nine days. Thatcher Demko will make his second consecutive start tonight against the Sharks, with Casey DeSmith backing him up.
Canucks lines vs Sharks (proj.)
Phillip Di Giuseppe – J.T. Miller – Brock Boeser
Ilya Mikheyev – Elias Pettersson – Andrei Kuzmenko
Dakota Joshua – Pius Suter – Conor Garland
Nils Hoglander – Sam Lafferty – Anthony Beauvillier
Quinn Hughes – Filip Hronek
Ian Cole – Mark Friedman
Carson Soucy – Tyler Myers
Thatcher Demko starts, with Casey DeSmith serving as the backup.
- Dakota Joshua was originally supposed to be a scratch last game, but ended up replacing Jack Studnicka in the lineup.
- Anthony Beauvillier wound up playing on the fourth line as a result, but put up two assists against the Predators anyway.
- Head coach Rick Tocchet told reporters that he has a ‘couple of game-time decisions‘, but we don’t know what that means just yet.
Sharks lines (proj.)
Anthony Duclair – Tomas Hertl – Fabian Zetterlund
William Eklund – Mikael Granlund – Luke Kunin
Mike Hoffman – Nico Sturm – Filip Zadina
Givani Smith – Ryan Carpenter – Kevin Labanc
Mario Ferraro – Ty Emberson
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Kyle Burroughs
Matt Benning (IR) – Jan Rutta
Kaapo Kahkonen should start as he’s started just once since Oct. 19. Mackenzie Blackwood, who’s handled a ton of work for the Sharks so far, should get the night off.
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For those looking to catch this matchup tonight, the game will be broadcast on Sportsnet Pacific, and can be heard on Sportsnet 650.