Let's face it the Vancouver Canucks are a force of nature, however like every unstoppable force in the universe, the Canucks start slow and build up their momentum into the President's Trophy winners we know and love. Every sportscaster in the world will tell you that Roberto Loungo is a slow starter, that the Canucks in their current build have never started the season off with a bang, that without Ryan Kesler or Mason Raymond, they can't ice their best team. They also haven't gone to game 7 of the Stanley Cup final since '94. However the 95 season didn't start until January, because of a lockout. So really, this is the first time we will see what the Vancouver Canucks are capable of, where their heads and hands are at, team chemistry ect. with a shortened break. Personally I hope that the full NHL roster, minus a few parts, will be able to buck the trend of a slow start, and start the season where they left off.
NOM NOM Penguins!
October 6, 2011 Pittsburgh @ Vancouver
Vancouver is missing Ryan Kesler, Pittsburgh is missing Sidney Crosby. Pittsburgh has Evgeni Malkin, Vancouver has 2 Art Ross winners. Advantage Vancouver.
Prediction: Penguins make for a nutritious appetizer for Orcas.
Rick Nash your prayers have been answered.
October 10, 2011 @ Columbus
Jeff Carter.. Well at least you weren't traded to Atlanta. Even with the additions of Carter and Wisniewski, Columbus isn't ready to compete night after night at the highest levels. Mason is still questionable in goal. Rick Nash and Jeff Carter will certainly make things more exciting in Ohio, they won't be able to carry this team into the playoffs.
Prediction: Mason gets jarred.
Defence? Check. Goalie? Check. First line? Yeah about that...
October 12, 2011 @ Philadelphia
The addition of Ilya Bryzgalov could be the goalie solution the Flyers were looking for, however the dismantling of the first line could be too high a cost, with Philadelphia losing both their captain and highest scorers in Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. Relying on the mulletless Jagr may have the same results as Forsberg.
Prediction: No Mullet. No Win!
What's on the floor of the Red Wings locker room? Depends.
October 13, 2011 @ Detroit
The Almighty Red Wings Dynasty is quickly reaching the age of retirement with an average age somewhere in the Cretaceous era. The veterans are as solid a team as you could hope for however I believe a lot of the hype is nostalgia as year after year the younger faster teams such as Vancouver and Chicago will out skate them.
Prediction: The speedier Canucks are able to make Lidstrom look like Betty White.
Awww look at them they're so cute!
October 15, 2011 @ Edmonton
It might be apt to start calling the Oilers Management cradle robbers. The yet to emerge future powerhouse Edmonton Oilers have alot to look forward to besides puberty, but not this year... Next year isn't looking so hot either. Expect a lot of wasted energy skating in circles, while their defense do spin-o-ramas.
Prediction: Shutouts make Nugent-Hopkins cry.
Do the Sedins bow to King Lundqvist?
October 18, 2011 New York Rangers @ Vancouver
Only after putting a piece of rubber behind him. Like every other year and every other team in NYC the Rangers have dealt with their problems by throwing money at it. This year it was Brad Richards, whom they're hoping to center their top line. However Gaborik isnt Stamkos, or Lecavalier, or St Louis.
Prediction: The bright lights are no match for the big show.
Honkytonk Kats Premiere!
October 20, 2011 Nashville @ Vancouver
This year its almost a whole new team, and there are alot of young faces playing beside Weber, Suter and Rinne. Who are all Free Agents this summer. This could be Nashvilles last hurrah
before returning to they continue their rebuilding phase.
Prediction: The great white north will be too much for the Tenessee Tigers.
This ain't your daddy's Wild team.
October 22, 2011 Minnesota @ Vancouver
After waking up from the 3 year coma induced by watching his team GM Chuck Fletcher, pulled the trigger and made some changes. Havlat and Burns to San Jose and Todd Richards to the unemployment line. With the additions of Heatley and Setoguchi we can expect a little more "wild" in the Wild.
Prediction: They lost their best defenceman and this game.
The boys are back in town!
October 25, 2011 @ Edmonton
Will the world juniors be an issue for the Edmonton jr Oilers?
Prediction: Oilers finish dead last and don't beat Vancouver this year.
Are they like Martin St. Louis's unhappy thoughts?
October 26, 2011 St. Louis @ Vancouver
The St. Louis management as quietly put together a solid team that could really push for elite status in the league, if their players can play up to their previous achievements. The additions of Halak, Shattenkirk, Stewart, Langenbrunner and Arnott over the past two years the Blues are becoming a contender again. You could almost think of the Blues as Canucks lite.
Prediction: Halak needs to find his consistency if he wants to stop the Canucks.
My favourite Summer drink is the Ovechkin Russian. It's like a white Russian only, No ice no cup!
October 29, 2011 Washington @ Vancouver
Last years defence first experiment is over. This year the Capitals are 4 lines deep with Vokoun in net, and a strong defence in front. If there's a team on the ice that can go toe to toe with the Canucks night after night in the league it's the Capitals.
Prediction: Capitals have never been able to seal the deal.
the month of October this year won't be a walk in the park by any means. With games against Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Detroit, New York Rangers and the Washington, Vancouver will be against some of the toughest teams in the NHL right off the bat. However this can work to our advantage, should Vancouver come out of the gate with their regular season starting pace, by the time they hit their stride they won't have to worry about facing some tougher opposition from the east. Rather continuing to push through teams they will need to break before the playoffs.
Will Marco Sturm be the scoring winger for the second line? Will Cody Hogdson be able to fill in for Ryan Kesler? Will Ballard bounce back from last season and win the heart of AV? Will GMMG lead us to the promised land? I can't wait to find out! Go Canucks!
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