Marc Michaelis makes his Canucks debut tonight, could be with Sutter and Gaudette.
— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) March 5, 2021
Elias Pettersson Out of Thursday’s Game
On Thursday’s morning skate, Elias Pettersson didn’t stay on the ice with the rest of the Canucks’ power play units as usual. Coach Travis Green didn’t comment on his status for the game. That made all the Vancouver fans start questioning what was going on.
No further update was given except for the news that he is, indeed, out of the game against the Maple Leafs. It was reported by Elliotte Friedman as something that is not considered serious. However, Pettersson is not one to miss games for nothing.
Even if his season didn’t start hot, he seems to have found his game again. The forward has scored five goals in his last five games. Pettersson is a huge piece in the Vancouver lineup and not having him is far from ideal.
The Canucks star has scored 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points in 26 games so far this season. After coming from a 17-point performance during the playoffs, the fans were starting to get heated at his lack of performance. However, Petterson’s performance only reflected how the team was going. While he started getting on track, the Canucks are not.
The Vancouver team has only nine wins in 26 games. They are desperate and can’t seem to figure things out. Losing their top centre will surely not help with that.
Marc Michaelis Makes his NHL Debut
However, Marc Michaelis is about to make his NHL debut with Pettersson absent. The 25-year-old forward was signed as a college free agent in 2020 and had a strong performance during training camp. It will be interesting to watch how he will perform against the dynamic and strong Maple Leafs team.
On the bright side, the Canucks – finally – announced they will be adding the umlaut to Nils Hoglander’s (or Höglander, as it is properly written) jersey. The Swede rookie has been a pleasant surprise in the very broken Canucks team.
Lööking gööd. 😍 pic.twitter.com/JojpZVHLuC
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 5, 2021