To say that the Canucks should beat the Habs on Saturday would be a massive understatement. Vancouver is superior to the tune of 30 points and 16 wins in the standings. By all accounts, this should be a cakewalk and there’s no reason people can’t expect exactly that.
Credit to Montreal, they are coming off a 5-3 Victory…in Edmonton.
Oh sure, they’re only 10 points back of 8th and mathematically “in it” in the East with 14 games to go.
Okay, so they aren’t last place in the league; they’re ahead of the BJ’s and the Oilers. Oh, and it’s no coincidence the BJ’s blow that much.
Then there’s the part where Montreal is 21st in the league on the road with a record of 14-17-2.
It’s been an embarrassment in ‘la belle province’ this season. I don’t blame it on Head Coach Randy Cunneyworth and I certainly don’t blame it on the fans.
I really don’t know what to blame it on besides the fact they just do not have many good players whatsoever.
The Vancouver Canucks are better in each and every way.
So when the puck is dropped at 7PM Saturday night on Hockey Night in Canada, what is there to watch for?
That’s Code for Zack Kassian.
This guy is getting the Cody Hodgson treatment. Now please let me clarify; I’m past CoHo getting traded. Though to see Zack come in here and essentially be treated the same crappy way is disturbing.
Kassian goes from having a great half night on the 2nd line against Buffalo and records one goal and one assist in 10:40 of ice time.
He gets a full game with the 2nd line against Dallas; a game in which the Canucks were dominated and he still managed to remain at an even rating; better than most of his teammates; oh and not to mention in 13:55 of ice time.
Enter Winnipeg and Zacky boy is demoted to the 4th line after, like I said, a pretty solid game against Dallas. He gets how much ice time? He had 6:52 and was -1.
What the hell is AV thinking? How is this young man going to develop correctly if he’s being flopped around the roster so much? The 3rd line to the 2nd line and down to the 4th line; where does it end for Zack Kassian?
Hopefully the ‘Kid’ can slot into some consistency Saturday night.
The Goalie Duel
Anahim Lake, BC native Carey Price hasn’t helped the Habs’ cause at all this season. The Canadiens are 3-7-0 in their last ten and believe it or not, Price is even worse at 2-7-1.
Roberto Luongo on the other hand is 5-2-2 in his last ten games. Yes, that does add up to nine but Cory Schneider got the decision against Buffalo due the fact the Canucks managed to score three times, the same amount Buffalo had when Lu was pulled.
Anyways, it’s clear who has the upper-hand; Bobby Lu and the Canucks. On top of that, the pressure, believe it or not, is even more mind-numbing in Montreal than it is in Vancouver.
If Vancouver is a fish bowl, then Montreal is a thimble.
It’s been advertised that Luongo’s record in games after being pulled is more than stellar and one should expect him to back that up in his first game since facing Dallas on Tuesday.
Once again, the Canucks boys turned men wonders were invisible against the Jets. They combined for an even rating and 5 shots while averaging 18:32 of ice time between them.
They haven’t recorded points since the cretaceous period and it’s really just starting to get annoying. We all know they’ll snap out of it at some point here; I mean any second they should bust out some breakdance moves in the corner behind the net, all the while controlling and cycling the puck right before a tic-tac-toe passing play to Alex Burrows in the slot.
One question may be why; but the better question is When?
BEST BET TO WIN: Vancouver Canucks
Puck drop is at 7PM on Hockey Night In Canada and TEAM1040 Radio.