Canucks fans have not been happy with the way their team has been playing, and they let them know it Saturday night at the home opener in Vancouver. Quinn Hughes missed the game for an undisclosed reason and Nils Hoglander was assigned to Abbotsford before the game. The Sabres took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, with Conor Garland putting the Canucks on the board with a power play goal in the second before the Sabres scored three straight to win it 5-1. The Sabres went 1 for 1 on the power play while the Canucks went 1 for 4, but they did outshoot the Sabres 30 to 27. Three jerseys hit the ice and boos echoed around the arena. Luke Schenn and JT Miller appeared to have a verbal confrontation at the end of the second period as they were heading into the locker room which was broken up by Conor Garland. After the game, Miller didn’t give an answer about it as when questioned he replied “no offense, it’s none of your business.” Nils Hoglander is expected to the lineup as he was sent down so the Canucks could recall a defenseman.
The Canucks look to get back on the right track against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night in Vancouver.