The Vancouver Canucks (12-3-1) travel to the Scotiabank Saddledome at 6 p.m. PST to take on the Calgary Flames (5-8-2) in their first meeting of the season. Thursday’s starter, Casey DeSmith, is yet to record a win in his career against the Flames. On the other side of the ice, Jacob Markstrom will face his old Canucks in what has been another challenging season for both him and his current team.
In addition, Canucks winger Andrei Kuzmenko is not expected to be available Thursday. Pius Suter, who was out of the lineup Wednesday night, will draw back in.
Canucks lines @ Flames, Nov. 16
Phillip Di Giuseppe – J.T. Miller – Brock Boeser
Ilya Mikheyev – Elias Pettersson – Anthony Beauvillier
Dakota Joshua – Pius Suter – Conor Garland
Nils Hoglander – Teddy Blueger – Sam Lafferty
Quinn Hughes – Noah Juulsen
Ian Cole – Tyler Myers
Mark Friedman – Filip Hronek
Given that Thatcher Demko started Wednesday against the New York Islanders, Casey DeSmith will command the crease against the Flames Thursday.
- Andrei Kuzmenko will not play after taking a slapshot to the face during Vancouver’s 5-on-3 powerplay Wednesday
- Linus Karlsson has been called up on his birthday
- In a corresponding move, defenseman Akito Hirose has been sent back to Abbotsford
- If he records a point tonight, Filip Hronek will have the longest point-streak from a Canucks defenseman (12 games)
Flames lines (proj.)
Andrew Mangiapane – Elias Lindholm – Adam Ruzicka
Martin Pospisil – Nazem Kadri – Connor Zary
Jonathan Huberdeau – Mikael Backlund – Blake Coleman
A.J. Greer – Yegor Sharangovich – Dillon Dube
Rasmus Andersson – MacKenzie Weegar
Noah Hanifin – Chris Tanev
Nikita Zadorov – Nick DeSimone
Jacob Markstrom will get the start, with Dan Vladar backing him up Thursday.
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How to Watch: Thursday’s game will be broadcast on television on both Sportsnet Pacific and Sportsnet West. The radio broadcast will be available on Sportsnet 650.