The Vancouver Canucks (11-3-1) host Bo Horvat and the New York Islanders (5-6-3) Wednesday night, with the former captain returning to Rogers Arena for the first time since being traded in February. Anthony Beauvillier will face his old Islanders teammates as well.
Thatcher Demko will return to the crease tonight, squaring off with Islanders star Ilya Sorokin at the other end. Abbotsford call-up Akito Hirose will not play Wednesday. Instead, veteran Mark Friedman will return to the lineup, giving Vancouver an unconventional amount of right-shot defenders in their lineup. Teddy Blueger should continue in the place of Nils Hoglander, with the former Vegas Golden Knight playing in his second straight game.
Canucks lines vs Islanders, Nov. 15
Phillip Di Giuseppe – J.T. Miller – Brock Boeser
Ilya Mikheyev – Elias Pettersson – Andrei Kuzmenko
Dakota Joshua – Pius Suter – Conor Garland
Anthony Beauvillier – Teddy Blueger – Sam Lafferty
Quinn Hughes – Filip Hronek
Ian Cole – Noah Juulsen
Mark Friedman – Tyler Myers
As a part of the predetermined plan, Thatcher Demko will get the start, with Casey DeSmith backing up.
- Carson Soucy was ruled out for 6-to-8 weeks with a lower-body injury
- As of right now, Akito Hirose is taking his place, and Christian Wolanin was also considered
- Mark Friedman is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday as well
- The Canucks’ blueline situation is looking dire right now, to say the least
Islanders lines (proj.)
Simon Holmstrom – Bo Horvat – Mat Barzal
Pierre Engvall – Brock Nelson – Kyle Palmieri
Anders Lee – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Oliver Wahlstrom
Julien Gauthier – Casey Cizikas – Cal Clutterbuck
Alex Romanov – Ryan Pulock
Adam Pelech – Noah Dobson
Sebastian Aho – Scott Mayfield
Ilya Sorokin will make his second straight start, with veteran Semyon Varlamov backing him up.
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Wednesday’s Canucks game will be televised on both Sportsnet Pacific and TNT, and the radio broadcast will be on Sportsnet 650.