The Canucks are inching closer to being fully healthy for the first time in years. Alex Edler was back in the lineup after leaving the game early Saturday afternoon. Antoine Roussel was sent to Utica for a conditioning stint. Michael Ferland will be joining the team in Pittsburgh. Brandon Sutter is very close to returning. Jay Beagle is day-to-day. Tyler Motte is still week-to-week, but is getting closer to returning. Soon, the Canucks will have some difficult roster decisions to make as they try to get under the salary cap. The same lineup that beat Washington played tonight, except Thatcher Demko got the start in goal. Could the Canucks make it three wins in a row? Here is tonight’s game recap.
- The Canucks opened the scoring just over ten and a half minutes into the 1st period off a quick snap shot by JT Miller after a brilliant spin-o-rama pass by Bo Horvat to set him up
- The Flyers tied the game almost six minutes into the 2nd period as Sean Couturier was able to snag a loose puck in a mad scramble in the slot and wheel and fire it past Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko
- The Flyers took the lead just under eleven and a half minutes into the 3rd period as Jakub Voracek snapped one off the post and in
- Thatcher Demko stopped 32/34 shots
- Final score: Flyers 2 Canucks 1
- The effects of lots of travel recently and the absence of regulars such as Antoine Roussel, Jay Beagle and Brandon Sutter was evident tonight. After a fairly even 1st period where the Canucks came out with the lead, the Flyers thoroughly dominated the final two periods, outshooting the Canucks 26-8. The Flyers were especially dominant in the second period, where they fired a staggering 17 shots on goal. Thankfully, Thatcher Demko was on tonight and made some big saves to give his team a chance. The Canucks defenders blocked a further 20 shots.
- Travis Green seemed to sense the team was tired as the ice times were lower for most players by a couple of minutes. After leaving the game after playing just five and a half minutes Saturday, Alex Edler led the defensemen with 22:38 minutes. He also had three shots on goal, 2 hits and 3 blocked shots.
- The Canucks had a rough night in the faceoff circle, winning just 39% of the draws, led by Bo Horvat, who won 56% of the draws he took. Brock Boeser, JT Miller and Elias Pettersson also had good nights in the faceoff circle with 50% success rates
- The Canucks outhit the Flyers 19-17, led by Zack MacEwen, Troy Stetcher and Tyler Myers, who each had 3 hits
- As mentioned above, the Canucks blocked 20 shots, led by Edler and Chris Tanev, who both blocked 3 shots
- Up next, the Canucks head to Pittsburgh for the final eastern time zone stop of the road trip. The Canucks final road game will be in Edmonton Saturday. Pittsburgh currently holds the 1st wild card spot in the east, and has won 2 straight games. Sidney Crosby won’t be facing the Canucks this year as he continues to recover from sports hernia surgery that will likely keep him out until after Christmas.