Vancouver Canucks vs. New York Rangers (November 2)

The Vancouver Canucks need a win in November.

The team went through a difficult stretch of matches in the last week of October, where they played 0-3 to start their seven matches at home. The Canucks did not necessarily play badly in these three outings, but their attacks have not yet come on the field when needed.

Vancouver has only scored four goals at the Rogers Arena this season, with all three home losses settled by one goal, and will look to reverse the trend against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

Vancouver is currently last in the Pacific Division.

The Canucks got a day off Sunday before hitting the ice again Monday morning. Despite the current offensive dry period, head coach Travis Green chose the same forward-looking combinations from Saturday night’s competition against Edmonton, hoping that some consistency would help his players break through.

Matthew Highmore and Justin Dowling were again absent from team training on Monday, with Justin Bailey and Nic Petan serving as their replacement on the fourth line. Dowling served as an extra on Tuesdays, but is still day-to-day.

Green also made no changes on the wing, especially for Nils Höglander and Conor Garland.

Höglander started Saturday’s competition with Bo Horvat and Tanner Pearson, but played only 12:11 through three periods. Höglander went into the locker room for much of the opening frame, which greatly affected his TOI, but the Swedish winger has not been as energetic as he was during the team’s six-match road trip either.

Garland rehearsed again with Vasily Podkolzin and Jason Dickinson on the third line.

It has been an interesting home for Garland, who appears to be in Green’s dog house at the moment. Garland played just 15 minutes Saturday night, despite being one of Vancouver’s most influential players, but still had very minimal ice time in the team’s top-six.

Garland finished the night with six SOG and a team-leading 62.96% Corsi For percent.

The Canucks also welcomed two familiar faces back to training in Tyler Motte and Travis Hamonic.

Motte, who has been out of the game all year while recovering from spinal surgery, skated with Bailey, Juho Lammikko and Alex Chiasson on the fourth line, while Hamonic joined the third pair with Kyle Burroughs and Luke Schenn.

Motte wore a contactless jersey on Monday, indicating the 26-year-old is not ready to return to the ranks yet.

Hamonic, on the other hand, could make its season debut as early as Tuesday night. The former New York Islander dealt with a personal case that kept him away from the Canucks organization at the start of the season, but it looks like he is ready to resume his role on the backend.

Hamonic was called up to the Canucks after playing an AHL game over the weekend. Jack Rathbone was sent down to Abbotsford as a result.

The Canucks also gave the media an insight into their new powerplay options on Tuesday, with Brock Boeser finally working his way back to the primary unit.

Since returning from injury, Boeser has mainly played on the other unit, but he was finally reunited with Horvat, JT Miller, Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes in the hope that the man advantage can find a much-needed offensive spark.

Chiasson moved down to PP2 with Garland, Pearson, Höglander and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who appear to be good at going after his maintenance day on Monday.

Like their previous competitions, the Canucks need to find a way to slow down their opponent to get away with two points. New York is currently in second place in the Metropolitan Division with 13 points, entering the Rogers Arena after winning six of their last seven competitions, including a 3-1 victory over Seattle on Halloween.

Puck drop is set to 19:00 PST.

What are your thoughts on the road to Tuesday night’s competition? Can the Canucks finally secure a victory? Tell us in the comments!

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