The 2021-2022 season starts October 12th, and the Vancouver Canucks hit the ice for the first time this season on October 13th. Fans have plenty of reasons to be excited this season. Fans will be allowed back into Rogers Arena, some young stars will look to make an impact, and the young electric Canucks will work on cracking the playoffs again. With lots of exciting hockey coming up let’s dive into a few must-watch this season.
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October 13th @ Edmonton Oilers
The Canucks are opening their season against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. The new-look Oilers will try to defend home ice against the Canucks, while the Canucks will get to face off against the new Oilers in Duncan Keith, Zach Hyman, Cody Ceci, among others. Why is this game must-watch? While not only is it the first game of the season it should also be Canucks top prospect Vasily Podkolzin’s debut against true NHL competition.
October 23th @ Seattle Kraken
Just 10 days into the Canucks season they get their new rival the Seattle Kraken. Not only is this the first-ever meeting between the Canucks and Kraken it is the Kraken’s first-ever home opener. On top of that, the Canucks could be facing off with former Canucks prospects Kole Lind and Jared McCann. Preseason loss to the Kraken aside this will be the first true meeting of the Canucks and Kraken, for the sake of the Pacific Northwest rivalry this game should be the first game circled on all Canucks calendars.
December 8th Vs Boston Bruins
It is always exciting when the Boston Bruins come to Vancouver. Although the rivalry has fizzled out it is still fresh in Canucks fan’s minds the Bruins stole the Stanley Cup right from under the Canucks back in 2011. December 8th will be the first and only meeting for the Canucks and Bruins in Vancouver. By the December 8th meeting the Canucks should have a pretty good idea of how the team will fair throughout the season, making their clash with the big bad Bruins a perfect test. You should be able to feel the Rogers Arena atmosphere right from your living room couch or where ever you decide to watch this game.
February 28th @ New Jersey Devils
The first meeting between Quinn Hughes, Jack Hughes, and Luke Hughes, might take place on February 28th. This will all depend on if Luke manages to crack the Devils squad. Quinn and Jack first squared off on October 19th, 2019 where the New Jersey Devils would come out on top one to nothing, thanks to a Jack Hughes first NHL goal. On November 10th, 2019 the Hughes brothers met for a second time. Where the Devils won two to one and Jack was held pointless, Quinn would notch one assist.
Jack Hughes and his Devils are winning the series two games against to none against Quinn and the Canucks thus far. Regardless of if Luke plays or not the Quinn and Jack storyline is always a fun one to follow. The Devils will visit Vancouver on March 15th, 2022 for the second meeting between the two this season.
April 23 @ Calgary Flames
Who doesn’t love a Flames Canucks match-up? April 23rd will be the final meeting between the Canucks and Flames in the regular season and the hope is both teams will be fighting for a playoff, gearing this up to be one of the most exciting Canucks games this season. On top of that, the Canucks once again get to go head to head with former fan favorites turned rivals Jacob Markstrom and Chris Tanev. Circle it, highlight it, set an alarm, the final meeting between the Canucks and Flames WILL be a barn burner.
The Canucks are poised for an exciting season and with fans set to take the stands once again things will heat up and the boys in blue should be hyped up. Fan’s are hopeful and the team may be young but they are oozing with potential. There are far more than five must-watch games this season, there are in fact 82 must-watch games during the 2021-22 season.
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