The Vancouver Canucks have several new defense pairs in New York ahead of this afternoon’s game. The team finally has all of its top defensemen healthy for the first time this year.
The team’s defensive pairings for the morning skate are as follows: around athletic thomas dance.
Quinn Hughes – Filip Hronek
Nikita Zadorov – Ian Cole
Carson Soucy – Tyler Myers
With the team’s acquisition of Zadorov from the Calgary Flames, the team now has four strong left-handed defensemen. Therefore, Cole will shift to the right side and play with his off hand.
Cole, a left-hander, previously played right side with the Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning. When we signed him this summer, one of the big talking points was his versatility to play on both sides.
#Canucks Morning skate at MSG on Monday. Line rush:
pettersson miller boser
Mikheyev Stel Kuzmenko
joshua bruger garland
Hooglander Orman Lafferty
Demko goes through his usual starter routine. pic.twitter.com/4qvHa3oCBL
— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) January 8, 2024
Noah Julsen is off tonight. The right-hander has played in a career-high 28 games so far this year. During those games, he recorded two assists.
The Canucks have only two defensemen who joined the team last season: Hughes and Myers. The Defense Force has undergone considerable changes over the past 16 months.
Another notable thing about the Canucks’ line this morning in New York was the fact that the lottery line was kept intact by head coach Rick Tocchet. The trio of Elias Pettersson, JT Miller, and Brock Boeser reunited with a great result in their last game. They outscored the Devils 4-0 at 5-on-5 on the ice and will look to repeat that result against a strong Rangers team.
The Canucks face the New York Rangers today at Madison Square Garden. The puck drops at 4pm PT as the leaders of his two divisions square off. The teams have already met once this season, with the Rangers winning 4-3 in overtime at Rogers Arena in October.
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