Ingestion Could be Fatal
Since sitting atop the NHL back in good ol’ November, the Edmonton Oilers playoff hopes have leaked away faster than that of a BP tanker.
In the meantime, the Canucks have surged, plateaued, slumped and won on pace to 2nd spot in the Western Conference.
The Canucks hopes, unlike the Oilers’ are not yet dashed as they continue to aspire for a 1stplace finish and home ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Headed into Sunday’s matchup, Edmonton has a 5-3-2 record in their last 10 games. Vancouver on the other hand is 8-0-2.
Additionally, after Saturday afternoon’s outburst of goals, they sit first in the West for goals for (189) and four behind Philly for 1stin the league.
At this point, Edmonton is all but done and if they wanted, could schedule some mid-April tee times ahead of everyone else. Fifteen points out of 8th, they would have to leapfrog five teams plus the 8th place team to see playoff action.
All they have left to prove is their pride and dignity.
As we all know, that kind of team is the Canucks’ kryptonite; playing to a lesser team’s level and either walking away with zero or only one of two points.
That is not good enough if they expect to catch Detroit who is still in the midst of that NHL Record 22 home game winning streak.
Anywho, here are some of the blaring story-lines ahead of Sunday’s game in the, “City of Champions.”
What Sorcery is This?
It was bound to happen at some point and what better team to do it against. Henrik Sedin said after a 3-1 regulation defeat of the Avs on Wednesday was a step in the right direction. That is to say, it was good to finally not have to take the game to overtime and a shootout to secure two points.
Captain Hank speaketh and Captain Hank telleth the truth.
Call him a sage, a wiseman, a genius; either way, he told the future better than Marty McFly could’ve told you after having gone to 2015 and then back to 1985.
The Canucks clobbered the Leafs; they raked them into a nice big pile before jumping into them and hence said clobbering.
Nine goals in two their last two games and I would say these Canucks are ready to get right back to where they were a year ago; demolishing opponents on the way to a President’s trophy.
The Oilers, who have been scored on 28 times in 7 games this month (4/game) should be very, very afraid.
I don’t want to get away with myself, but fans should be excited.
Obviously I know we will never be happy until a Cup banner is raised in Rogers Arena but what we can be excited about is the remaining run to the playoffs.
I touched on the Canucks’ scoring spree in the game against Toronto and that really just sets off a domino effect.
Vancouver’s players have known for the last 12 games that they are good enough to win tight games and not let a game get away from them. They have not lost in regulation in those 12 games.
So now the fact that they are back to being able to score faster than Stiffler, they can focus on just playing their game. When you’re in the kind if slump they’ve been in, it’s a just a struggle to focus on what makes you the player you are.
You force things and it gets frustrating.
They’ve always known they can score but you lose that swagger you have when you are actually scoring, if you stop scoring.
Most importantly of all though, Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin got off the schneid. As mentioned during Saturday’s telecast, they racked up their 2ndhighest ever combined point total in one game. Eight points they have between them, the highest being nine.
There is much to be excited about and plenty for the players to be confident about. They just have to walk the walk.
It Was Just ONE Game
After all, it was only one game; one blowout.
One would not dare extrapolate an entire 82 game season after an opening night victory.
So what is to be concerned about with the Canucks? Anything?
Maybe the fact that Ryan Kesler has gone somewhat cold after a 7 game point streak? He does have 2 assists in his last 4 games with a +3 rating but it would have been nice to see him get on a the score-sheet in a 6-2 blowout.
How about that Roberto Luongo guy? He’s always letting in late goals isn’t he?
In all honesty, there really isn’t too much to be worried about with the Vancouver Canucks.
Sure Keith Ballard is injured but the Canucks will get by without him while he is sidelined.
Maybe the biggest thing to be concerned about this week is who the team will be minus, if anyone, after February 27th.
Best Bet to Win: Come on, we all know it’s Vancouver
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