Cory Schneider will be back between the pipes tonight. Hopefully his return is more Spider-Man 2 than Spider-Man 3, and at the end of the night the Canucks don't end up pointless, like the upcoming remake.
Zandberg said it best over in the game preview thread:
Please Canucks, for the love of God, you took a night off last game (except Luongo). Now go out there and bury these punk Hurricanes. Don't make me angry. You have to beat these shitty teams, in regulation, without f*cking around and taking half the night off.
The Hurricanes are 1-7-2 in their last 10, and will be sans their best player (Jeff Skinner).
Vancouver Canucks news:
- Alain Vigneault has fired back at Dave Bolland. While I'm not sure stooping to the level of childish insults is the best idea for an NHL head coach, at least his remarks actually contained a trace of creativity, which is more than can be said for Bolland. [TSN Video]
- Luongo played one of his strongest games of the season Tuesday night, but no one remembers because he let in all 3 attempts against him in the shootout. At least Lou was honest in his post-game assessment: "They can go either way, but I got to make a save." [The Province]
- Joe Pelletier over at Greatest Hockey Legends wonders: why all the Sedin hate? Good question, and a good read. You have to wonder, if the twins played for Detroit, would they be lauded as two of the games best quiet leaders and classiest players? Public perception is a fickle thing. [Greatest Hockey Legends]
- While we're on the topic of the twins, Jeff Angus does a sweet job of breaking down all their favourite little moves. These clips just prove the Sedins spread more sauce than an Italian pizza chef. [Canucks Army]
- Have you seen the Canucks new pre-game light show yet? We're usually watching Dan Murphy blabber on about God-knows-what while it's playing, so you may have missed it. Pretty well done! [Pass it to Bulis]
- Sounds like Ilya Bryzgalov is the early star of HBO's new 24/7 series that premiered last night. This sort of takes typical goalie weirdness to a new level. Later on SportsCentre had this awesome graphic, declaring Bryz "the most interesting man in the world". [Puck Daddy]
- Add Ville Leino to the growing list of notable players out with injuries. Milan Michalek, Jeff Skinner, and Joni Pitkanen were all diagnosed with concussions yesterday. [TSN]
- Check out Patrick Kane's re-deke-ulous shootout winner against the Wild last night. At least Luongo isn't the only goalie left looking like a tool pouch in the skills competition. [NHL.com video]
- Look at the difference between the stats of the Oilers Kid Line at home vs. on the road. Pretty remarkable. I know Renney loves to feed them a lot of offensive zone shifts against weak competition at home, but the fact the discrepancy is so huge when he doesn't have total control of their match-ups is pretty staggering. [Edmonton Journal]
- Closet Jets fan? You can vote for the Top All-Time Greatest Jets on Sportsnet right now. Judging by those photos, the Jets alum would have at least two members on the All-Moustache Team. Results will be posted Saturday. [Sportsnet]
- Speaking of the Jets, there aren't enough urinals in their current arena, so some fans are petitioning for the return of the trough! The link contains this golden flowing paragraph: "A group of Winnipeg Jets fans can't shake off the disappointment of that scenario, leaving them flush at MTS Centre during games; so some whiz decided to aim his anger online in a petition, to which over 230 people have streamed." [Puck Daddy]