there, i said it. pavol demitra doesn't fit in with the rest of the guys out there, he always seems to be playing a different tune than the rest of his linemates. kesler, raymond and grabner on the other hand have great chemistry together. i thought they looked good at the beginning of the year and they looked very dangerous yesterday. easily the fastest line in the entire nhl, and all three skate hard both directions. grabner looks like he is on the verge of breaking out in the same way that raymond broke out this year. what's it say that i'd rather have grabs out there than demo? well it says i hope they don't resign demitra when his contract comes up, and wouldn't it be nice to have an excuse to keep him out of the lineup for remainder.
if the canucks go into the playoffs with last night's lineup, +samuelsson, -glass, +mitchell, -rome/obrien then i like our chances. sadly i think we're stuck with our defense as it doesn't look good for willie, but this team has the best chance to go the distance since 1994. and the best part is that the future is bright too, with core guys locked up and a pipeline of prospects for maybe the first time ever.
god, it's a good time to be a canucks fan.