Hockey Night in Victoria: Canucks face Flames for sold-out game on island ice
The Vancouver Canucks practise at Victoria's Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre ahead of Monday night's game against the Calgary Flames. (CTV Vancouver Island)
The Canucks will dress several veterans for their pre-season game in Victoria against the Calgary Flames Monday, but island fans won’t see Canucks star Elias Pettersson.
The sold-out game will feature Bo Horvat, J.T. Miller, Nikolay Goldobin, Loui Eriksson, Chris Tanev and Jordie Benn, but the sophomore Swedish superstar is not on the club’s 20-man roster.
Calgary, for their part, is dressing a prospect-heavy lineup for this split-squad game, including former Victoria Royals star Matthew Phillips.
Phillips played three seasons in Victoria, setting the club’s single-season scoring record with 112 points in the 2017-2018 season.
The Canucks are coming off their three-day training camp in Victoria that saw head coach Travis Green put players through heavy skating sessions to start preparations for the regular season on Oct. 2 in Edmonton.
Centre Bo Horvat says game action will be a welcome change.
“I can’t wait,” the five-year veteran told CTV News. “It’s been a long time since we played a game and having these new guys in the lineup and young kids coming up playing well, actually playing a hockey game tonight is going to be a lot of fun.”
Free agent signings J.T. Miller and Jordie Benn will make their Canucks debuts. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the opening faceoff slated for 7 p.m.