VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The Vancouver Canucks can put a forgettable opening weekend behind them if they can beat the Calgary Flames tonight at Rogers Arena. Tonight is the first of five meetings between the Northwest Division rivals and is a game between two teams without a win in two starts.
“We’re pretty much rivals. Calgary and Vancouver, it’s a big series. We probably don’t like each other that much and early in the year neither team is where they want to be, so I think we expect that we’re going to see their best and they’re going to get our best,” says Corey Schneider who will return to the net after being pulled in Saturday night’s opening night loss to Anaheim.
The only line-up change for Vancouver is the insertion of 22-year-old rookie Jordan Shroeder in the place of Andrew Ebbett. Tonight will mark the NHL debut of the Minnesota native, a former first round draft pick of Vancouver (22nd overall in 209) who will play on a line with Mason Raymond and Dale Weise. Shroeder says he expects to have plenty of butterflies.
The top line is expected to have the Sedins playing with Zack Kassian, who was moved up to play with the twins in practice this week. Kassian saw some first-line duty in Sunday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Edmonton.
Canucks and Flames split six games in 2011-12. Calgary has not lost their first three games of the regular season since 2007-08. Game time is 7 p.m. and can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet Pacific.