Canucks And Jets Preseason Tune-Up
The Canucks and Jets preseason game would get underway at about 7:40 pm Pacific time in what has been was too long between games for Canucks fans. I was on twitter all day, I saw it!
It was also too long since we had ourselves some real Canucks controversy as after days of speculation, and talking about it, Jake Virtanen was left out of the lineup for the NHL preseason tilt against the Winnipeg Jets. There was a sad contingent out there not to see Jake or have a chance at the much-maligned "Shot Gun Jake".
After fans were able to collect themselves and get excited again for the likes of Zack MacEwen and no Loui Eriksson the mood was very optimistic. This would continue for most of the 1st period before the Jets seemed to find their engines.
1st Period Canucks and Jets NHL Preseason
The Canucks and Jets preseason game started off with a fast pace and little whistles. Which was probably good for both teams to get their legs going. Vancouver definitely looked like the more dangerous team throughout the period getting 8 scoring chances to Winnipegs 5.
Vancouver would also get the only powerplay in the period but after some nice work to move the puck around. Elias Pettersson fired it over the net from his usual spot and they weren't able to test Hellebuyck more than once. It did lead to this awesome GIF that I am sure will be used more than once by me!
It didn't translate on the scoreboard as the Jet's would get a late one at the 18:57 mark. Nathan Beaulieu and Blake Wheeler worked it down along the boards before finding Tucker Poolman. His shot from the point was able to beat Markstrom.
Vancouver was the busier team with 12 shots against the Jets 7 and 8-5 in scoring chances for. The difference in the first period and all game was Connor Hellebuyck. For the Canucks it was nice to see Juolevi with positive plays even if it was the same pass a peewee should make.
Second Period Jets Start To Take Over In NHL Preseason
The Canucks and Jets preseason the second period would continue to open up. Both teams able to roll lines early until Brandon Sutter took a holding call on Poolman, who was everywhere Wednesday night. Sutter, besides for the penalty was not called on much. Which can be taken either way. The Canucks were able to kill off the penalty and try and test Hellebuyck again.
This time Brock Boeser was sent in on a breakaway after some nice stick work to knock down a pass by J.T. Miller. Boeser went deke and Hellebuyck was equal to the task to keep it a 1-0 game for the Jets. Winnipeg was picking things up and started to look like the better team they were during the regular season.
The Canucks and Jets preseason game had a lot of turnovers for both teams and things started to open up. Finally, in the second period at the 14:54 mark, Winnipeg was able to capitalize and take the two-goal lead. Josh Morrissey had a great break out pass from his own zone to find Patrik Laine. His initial shot was saved by Jacob Markstrom but he couldn't get to the rebound.
Nikolaj Ehlers was able to make it 2-0 and the Jet's didn't stop there. A minute and 25 seconds later the Jets would make it 3-0 and Canucks fans were starting to remember this wasn't the opening game. Just a preseason, Doesn't count. Dimitry Kulikov was able to tuck it past Markstrom from Jack Roslovic and Andrew Copp to seemingly put things out of reach for Vancouver.
The Canucks would get a late 2nd-period powerplay when Adam Lowry went off for tripping the Alien. The score would end after two periods with Winnipeg up 3-0 in NHL preseason.
Canucks And Jets Preseason Trade Goals In The 3rd Period
Both teams were happy to start rolling lines again as the period started until Tyler Toffoli took a hooking penalty on Roslovic. Vancouver was able to kill it off and with Eriksson out of the lineup, Captain Bo Horvat and Miller were called upon to kill penalties.
The third line of Adam Gaudette, Michael Ferland, and Antione Roussel made the most of the ice time they were given. 13 minutes into the final frame the lines forecheck paid off. Roussel and Gaudette were able to cause enough pressure to allow Adam to walk out with the puck. Hellebuyck made the first stop but Rooster was too close and too hungry and jammed it in for the Canucks only goal.
The Jets would shut things down and play the rest of the period in a trap. Hey, we are in playoff hockey kind off right? Travis Green would pull Markstrom with a couple of minutes to go in the game and Blake Wheeler scored the dagger with a 1:39 to go in the game.
Despite the 4-1 Loss at the hands of Winnipeg. The Canucks and Jets Preseason third period was dominated in High Danger Chances for the Canucks with 8-5. They also had an expected goals for of 1.94. Don't know what that means? Then just google it as I do!
Anyways it was entertaining opening night for the Canucks and Jets preseason and here was the heat map for the night. Both teams will be up against tough in their first matchups against the Wild and Flames.
I feel like I have to touch on the broadcast a bit. I didn't mind the piped-in crowd noise as like the laugh track in Seinfeld it seemed to flow with the story. I will be interested to see if they decided to ramp things up during the play in or let us hear more of the organic game.
Canucks Move On To A Wild Play In Sunday, August 2nd
It wasn't the best game for the Canucks and Jets Preseason opener but one team definitely came out more prepared and ready for their play-in series. It wasn't the Canucks! While the Minnesota Wild are not nearly as good as the Jets and as Pointed out by Canucks Army and Canucks Convo's Chris Faber that Alex Stalock is not Hellebuyck.
and neither is Devan Dubnyk for that matter so Vancouver should have the goaltending advantage going into this one. But as we know in the NHL anything can happen, Pucks in Deep, That's why we play the games and all that! Make sure to check out Sports Talk Line as we will keep you covered with Canucks news and more from the rest of the NHL.
Make sure to check out our YouTube Channel for our latest NHL Highlights and of course my weekly show that goes every Thursday at 3-4 pm pacific time. I will make sure I break down the Canucks latest every week from the Bubble and try and have great Canucks guests to help.
One thing we need to remember from this Canucks and Jets preseason game is that is was just that. A preseason game. Bring on the real stuff this weekend!