#2 Jan. 16 vs. Vancouver Canucks
I honestly have no idea what’s going on with the Vancouver Canucks. In last year’s crazy pandemic season, they became the new Caps west with the addition of Braden Holtby along with Jay Beagle and Nate Schmidt. Now none of them are on the Canucks.
Schmidt went to the Winnipeg Jets via trade (hello Brenden Dillon). Beagle also got involved in a trade and is now on the Arizona Coyotes. Holtby signed with the Dallas Stars as a free agent.
Last season the Canucks finished dead last in the Scotia North division aka the Canadien division. Their record finished up at 23-29-4 for 50 points. Their additions this season include Jason Dickinson, Spencer Martin, Conor Garland, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
The Caps split the season series with the Canucks in 2019-20 but had one of their most thrilling wins of that season in Vancouver. Trailing 5-1, the Caps mounted a comeback. Evgeny Kuznetsov added his second goal of the game and the Caps also got a goal from Lars Eller and two from Michal Kempny to tie it. The Caps would go on to win in the shootout 6-5.
It is a shame that the Canucks let go all of those former Caps. It was fun being on their bandwagon while it lasted.