Abbotsford Canucks at Coachella Valley Firebirds Series Preview
After the road trip to California last week to open the season, the Abbotsford Canucks are 1-1-0-0 going into their third and fourth games of the year. Their opponent? A very first game against the Coachella Valley Firebirds.
The two will square off Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at the Kraken Community Iceplex in Seattle. Next on Sunday is a rematch between Abbotsford and Coachella Valley at Climate Pledge Arena, home of the NHL’s Seattle Kraken, at 6 p.m.
Starting the season on the road due to ongoing construction of the new Acrisure Arena in Coachella Valley in Thousand Palms, Calif., the Firebirds will play the first nine weeks of their inaugural season on the road. Playing four games in their “home” of Washington, the Firebirds will look to continue their strong start before beginning their 16-game road trip.
Coachella Valley started with a pair of wins last week in Calgary, earning 6-5 and 3-1 victories over the Wranglers. Firebirds winger Kole Lind leads the league in points per game, scoring six points (3G and 3A) in the first two games.
Goaltender Joey Daccord played both games in full, making him one of three goaltenders to have a 100% win rate while starting two or more games.
As for Abbotsford, the Canucks picked up an overtime victory Saturday night in Bakersfield against the Condors. Falling to Ontario the previous night, the Canucks are 1-1-0-0 and tied for 5th place in the Pacific Division. Linus Karlsson leads Abbotsford in points with three (1G and 2A), including his winning goal in overtime at Bakersfield.
“I’m really happy with how we reacted after the first game. From the start we were ready to fight and it’s nice to see ourselves rewarded for that. – Jeremy Colliton commented on Saturday’s comeback victory during training this week.
Friday and Sunday will make up half of the four games played between Coachella Valley and Abbotsford this season, with the Canucks hosting the Firebirds in two weeks at the Abbotsford Centre.
Sheldon Dries is set to make his season debut with Abbotsford this weekend after spending time starting the season with Vancouver on their East Coast road trip. Noah Juulsen will also be back in the Abbotsford roster after being called up to the NHL in midweek, and Phil Di Giuseppe authorized waivers on Thursday, allowing him to make his first appearance with the Canucks this season. after his activation from the injured list.
Friday and Sunday’s games will be available for viewing on AHLTV and will be the last time to watch the team before their home opener on October 28. To purchase tickets for Abbotsford’s home opener, please click HERE.