5 In A Row!
The Vancouver Canucks continued their roll Tuesday night, dispatching the streaking Columbus Blue Jackets in textbook fashion.
But like Andrew Raycroft found out in last year’s training camp, Sanford was no match for Schneider.
1. David Booth
David Booth has heard the pitter-patter of tiny skates, and they belong to Mason Raymond. Raymond’s return to health comes with that giant elephant in the locker room that someone or a few someones will have some extra job competition.
With two goals in his last three games however, David Booth is proving his worth in regards to sticking on that second line. Meanwhile, Mikael Samuelsson has yet to play for Florida this year and Sturm has just two points in 17 games.
As Ryan Kesler goes, so too do the Canucks. The team is 10-1 now when Kesler gets a point this year and his goal tonight was huge.
Off the heels of a surprising Samuel Pahlsson shorthanded goal that cut the lead to one, Kesler broke his stick in the late stages in the powerplay in a collision with James Wisniewski. It proved to be a sneaky plan, as Kesler picked up a new stick from the bench and was able to sneak back into the zone undetected.
Kesler set himself up at the left circle and one-timed a beautiful Burrows feed top shelf before doing a backdive onto the ice.
Cory Schneider was up to his usual tricks last night, turning aside 47 shots for yet another win.
The shot totals are a bit deceiving as most of them were flung harmlessly from the perimeter, but the Canucks would be loathe to look a gift goalie in the mouth. 22 of those shots, after all, did come in the third.
The kid was hot last night, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he picked another start Thursday against Nashville. (Roberto Luongo exhale)
1. Who Is #1?
We’re gonna hear a lot about a goaltending debate this week.It’s the nature of the city. But let’s be honest here: Cory Schneider is good, but he isn’t this good.
This is just a hot streak, same as Curtis Sanford or Brian Elliott. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, just enjoy the wins.
This is one of those good problems that shouldn’t keep anyone up at night.
2. The Competition
It was another directionless night for the Columbus Blue Jackets. These type of games tend to happen when you pin your hopes on a perennial backup like Curtis Sanford.
The Jeff Carter trade has failed to change anything really, and this team is quickly in danger of becoming the Ohio Thrashers.
An identity would be nice. Rick Nash is still the face of the franchise but that face has seen some falling point totals in recent years. Even the uniforms don’t inspire confidence.
Here’s hoping Ryan Johansen somehow turns this all around before it beats the life out of him.
Congratulations to anyone who had November 29 in their Sami Salo injury pool. The Finnish Macinnis somehow tweaked his groin kicking at a puck. His injury troubles have moved past surreal into uncharted post-surrealist territory.
Salo is like a sunny day in winter, a nice thing to enjoy but rare indeed.
So enjoy, but don’t get too attached.