The Vancouver Canucks (9-2-1) are travelling to Canadian Tire Center to take on the Ottawa Senators (5-6-0) for the first time this season at 4 p.m. PST. The Senators are playing the second leg of a back-to-back; they defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3 last night in Toronto thanks to a late flurry of goals.
Since Joonas Korpisalo started for Ottawa last night, Anton Forsberg will start for them tonight. For the Canucks, Casey DeSmith will start, with Thatcher Demko backing up. The Canucks have their own back-to-back this weekend, with the Maple Leafs on Saturday and the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.
Canucks lines vs Senators, Nov. 9
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 gets the start tonight, and will probably get the Canadiens on Sunday as well. Thatcher Demko will serve as the backup. DeSmith is 2-0-1 in four appearances this season with a .914 save percentage and 3.07 goals against average.
- Teddy Blueger skated again, and is ‘very close’, per Rick Tocchet.
- His debut could be as soon as this weekend
- The Senators have given up three or more goals in each of their last three games
- They’ve also scored four or more seven times this season
- DeSmith getting two games this week is part of a long-term plan to help share the workload between him and Demko.
Senators lines (proj.)
Tim Stutzle – Claude Giroux – Mathieu Joseph
Brady Tkachuk – Josh Norris – Drake Batherson
Dominik Kubalik – Roby Jarventie – Vladimir Tarasenko
Parker Kelly – Rourke Chartier – Zack MacEwen
Jakob Chychrun – Travis Hamonic
Jake Sanderson – Jacob Bernard-Docker
Tyler Kleven – Nikolas Mantinpalo
Anton Forsberg will start, with Joonas Korpisalo backing him up. Forsberg is 2-2-0 in four appearances this season with a .863 save percentage and 3.42 GAA.
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Tonight’s game will be broadcast on Sportsnet Pacific, and can be heard on the Sportsnet 650 radio broadcast.