In the event you giggled once you first heard his identify, you’ll love this.
Matthew Highmore skated with the Vancouver Canucks for the primary time this morning, after being acquired in a commerce with the Chicago Blackhawks for Adam Gaudette final week.
He participated in line rushes, which is a sign that Highmore ought to make his Canucks debut tonight.
Cue the jokes a few man named Highmore taking part in on 4/20.
Along with Highmore, the Canucks additionally obtained 4 gamers again for the primary time for the reason that COVID outbreak throughout the workforce: Thatcher Demko, Nate Schmidt, Olli Juolevi, and Jake Virtanen.
Sensible cash is on Demko getting extra relaxation in favour of Braden Holtby beginning once more, after his super outing on Sunday. Judging from how they lined up on the morning skate, Schmidt, Juolevi, and Virtanen ought to all play.
The potential addition of Schmidt is especially necessary, on condition that Alex Edler is suspended for the subsequent two video games.
Right here’s how line rushes appeared, in accordance with TSN’s Farhan Lalji:
Edler additionally skating this morning.
Motte is the one participant that was on the covid listing nonetheless not skating. Bowey additionally not skating with workforce but.
— Farhan Lalji (@FarhanLaljiTSN) April 20, 2021
Travis Inexperienced wouldn’t verify who can be within the lineup for tonight’s rematch in opposition to the Toronto Maple Leafs (6 pm on Sportsnet). The Canucks coach was as cagey as ever, responding to a lineup query like this: “I can let you know that may have 13 forwards, seven D, and two goalies in warmup.”
Highmore has been inactive for the final week, as he fulfilled the brand new seven-day quarantine requirement. Throughout regular occasions, the workforce would possibly need to give him greater than a morning skate earlier than inserting him into the lineup, although as one of many few gamers on the roster not nonetheless recovering from a bout with COVID, it is sensible to play Highmore instantly.
The Canucks’ different commerce deadline acquisition, defenceman Madison Bowey, has another day left in quarantine, Inexperienced confirmed.
Defeating the highest workforce within the division for a second straight recreation can be a tall activity. The workforce was working on adrenaline on Sunday, with Jimmy Vesey calling it “most likely some of the enjoyable wins I’ve had in my professional profession.”
But when they handle to drag it off once more? Don’t be shocked if individuals begin utilizing the P-word.
Each the Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames misplaced once more final evening. The Canucks are nonetheless 10 factors again of the final playoff spot, however they’ve obtained 5 video games in hand on the Habs — with 4 straight video games in opposition to the Ottawa Senators developing after tonight.
So that you’re telling me there’s an opportunity…