You’ve heard the news of the day (read all about it here incase you were chillin’ under a rock), but there’s also a game tonight with the Canucks taking on the Jets to open a three-game homestand.
Vancouver’s skate Tuesday morning was a Zack Kassian short of being fully attended as Brad Richardson joined the team for the first time since last week. Despite Richardson skating, neither are expected to suit up versus Winnipeg.
Although the Canucks and Jets aren’t directly battling for a playoff spot with Vancouver holding down second place in the Pacific Division and Winnipeg in a Wild Card spot, they both need the points – badly.
“We keep winning, but so do other teams,” said Bo Horvat. “It’s important to build off those last two road games, especially wins like that against tough teams in tough buildings, we did a great job, we came out ready to play and that was huge for us.”
The Jets have won five straight games and are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games; Winnipeg is 18-12-7 on the road, although Vancouver has owned the matchup winning four of five games since the Jets moved back to the prairies.
“We know they’re going to come hard, they’ve been playing well of late and we just have to match their intensity. They played last night, so we have to use that to our advantage.”
The Jets, who play an NHL-low nine back-to-back games this year, are looking to sweep double-headers for the fourth time having beat the Oilers 4-1 Monday night.
Here's coach Willie Desjardins' comments on the Tanev deal and tonight's game:BACK TO LACK
Eddie Lack didn’t play in Vancouver’s win Sunday over Arizona and he’s itching to get back between the pipes tonight.
Lack had appeared in 13 straight games after Ryan Miller was injured in New York February 22nd. He’s 3-1-0 with nine goals against in three career starts against the Jets.
“I was happy seeing Markstrom get in there and play well for us and get a win,” said Lack, who said he feels rested. “It’s fun coming to the rink every day, every game is important right now and that’s pretty much why you play hockey.”
Lack also had a thing or two to say about Tanev's new deal with the Canucks:
"It feels like just yesterday we were sitting in Winnipeg, Tanev in his Grinch pjs. Now he's a millionaire!"TANMAN SPEAKS
Chris Tanev met with the media post-practice, here's what he had to say: