Hockey. Is. Back.
For the first time in 141 days, fans will be able to watch the Vancouver Canucks in action, as they take on the Winnipeg Jets in their lone NHL exhibition game.
Not in person, of course, but we’ll take it. The game begins at 7:30 pm PT and can be seen on Sportsnet.
It’ll be played in front of an empty arena in Edmonton, and it appears the Canucks will be the “home” team as they’ve been given the Oilers’ home dressing room for the day.
Home for today. pic.twitter.com/ZZFzBxZtDP
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) July 29, 2020
Look and listen for some familiar elements from Vancouver’s home arena, as the Canucks have submitted a number of digital assets to the NHL for use. Games played on Tuesday incorporated fake crowd noise to add ambience for television viewers, while things like individual team goal horns could be heard on the broadcasts.
The game is one of six scheduled in the NHL today, as all 24 participating teams get one dress rehearsal before the Stanley Cup Qualifiers begin on Saturday.
Three games were played on Tuesday — two in the Toronto hub and one in Edmonton.
— NHL (@NHL) July 29, 2020
Teams will be able to dress an extra two skaters for tonight’s game. We’ll have to wait until game time to see who Travis Green decides to put in his lineup, but all eyes will be on Micheal Ferland, Jake Virtanen, and Zack MacEwen, as the trio of Canucks forwards are likely battling it out for playing time.
Game 1 of the Canucks’ best-of-five series against the Minnesota Wild begins on Sunday at 7:30 pm PT.