Your Morning Coffee- Monday Feb 7

I had the most horrible dream.  In it we lived in a world where there was peace, no wars... no needless violence.  And people used the effort usually reserved for such things to better their fellow man.  Why was this horrible, you ask?  After every life-altering accomplishment, a large truck would pull up, and the Black Eyed Peas would jump out and do that unholy abomination of a halftime show.  The same thing.  Over and over and over...  I awoke, sweating and scared to death.  If only it were just a dream...  Now that all is right with the world, and for once the forces of evil Steelers have been vanquished, we can get back to hockey.  The Canucks play host to the Senators tonight, who are giving the other bottom dwellers in the East a run for their money in the 'Good Gawd, how much does our team suck' Dept.  More after the jump...

Still in the afterglow of Friday?  You should be.  As much as people like to talk about the intangibles of that game, the team that deserved to win the game came out on top.  Yes, the linesmen blew the call on the Ehrhoff goal, but the pissing and moaning about the Chicago goal that was waved off was rather comical to me.  It kind of sucks when you finally start getting called for the bs that Dustin Byfuglien has made a career out of, doesn't it?  Add in a lucky bounce and an own goal, and the Hawks were lucky to be in that game.  Sure, bounces happen.  The fact remains that they were given 5 power plays with which to do damage, and they did not, while the Canucks went 2 for 4 in their opportunities.  And where was the league-wide outcry over Marty Turco's spear on Ryan Kesler?  At least Burrows had the balls (no pun intended) to come out and admit he made a mistake and apologize in the press.  Anyone heard a peep out of Turco?  Nope.  And if you think this is out of character for Turco, just watch him play sometime.  He hacks, slashes and spears players routinely, and gets away with it.  What Turco needs is a dance with Brent Johnson, methinks...

Anyways, we are done with Chicago this year and now can focus on the rest of a pretty important month.  I may be wrong, but I believe 10 more wins will clinch the Canucks a playoff spot.  I don't believe for a moment they can run the table this month.  I do however think that this team can come pretty damn close to it.  I do hope they're focused on not letting the Ottawa Senators off easy tonight.  They pounded the Sens 6-2 earlier in the season, a game that sent the at the time red hot Sens into a spiral of doom and really crappy hockey.  They had been without Jason Spezza since Christmas, and celebrated his return this weekend by losing 5-3 to the Islanders, a game that was marked by rookie G Robin Lehner's ridiculous elbow of Isles' G Kevin Poulin as the two skated past each other at the end of the 2nd, nearly setting off a brawl.  That play is indicative of the mindset in the nation's capital right now.  They're so bad, they envy the Leafs.

NHL.com is giving the Canucks a little love today, with Mikael Samuelsson being named 2nd star of the week, as well as a front page story on Luongo's role this season in the Canucks' success.  Tonight could see Andrew Alberts return to the fold tonight, as they slowly get the battered D core healthy as they head towards the stretch drive.  The team also placed Andrew Peters on waivers, and are expecting to give him his outright release if he is not claimed.  And how's this for awesome?  A Canucks win with a Detroit loss to the Rangers tonight will give Vancouver an 11 point lead atop the Western Conference.  Just remember folks, this team isn't for real, as so many pundits insist upon reminding us.  And speaking of the #11, that would be what place Chicago is in today.  Just sayin...

Quesadillas for breakfast?  Why not...

An interesting read this morning from Larry Brooks, who points out that the NHLPA is just as much to blame for the apparent disinterest in punishing headshots... Anaheim signed Ray Emery to a 2 way contract today, adding some experience as a backup plan should Curtis McIlhinney not be a suitable backup for Jonas Hiller.  Not a bad move by the Ducks, who need to continue to have strong goaltending if they want to make the playoffs, as their one-trick pony offense certainly isn't gonna get it done... The Red Wings and Rangers game will be interesting to watch, as the Wings have been shutout in two straight after seeing Johan Franzen score 5 in one game against the lowly Senators... As I mentioned on Twitter, I am calling Forsberg getting injured before the Canucks face the Avs in mid-March... I would imagine if the Penguins don't rattle off some wins PDQ, you might see them make a trade in advance of the Feb 28th deadline.  The 3-0 loss to the Capitals yesterday certainly didn't calm the fears of Pens' fans that the bottom could fall out on a team that looked unbeatable at one point.  The next couple weeks should be interesting, to see if coach Dan Bylsma can get them back to their winning ways without Evgeni Malkin (ptoo!) and no return in sight for Sidney Crosby...

WAACH 'Cast's Band Of The Day- CATHEDRAL

Legendary doom metallers Cathedral announced this weekend that they are calling it a day after 21 years, so I thought I would pay tribute to the Sabbath-influenced UK act.  Formed by one time Napalm Death vocalist Lee Dorrian, they released a ton of amazing stoner metal on Earache and Nuclear Blast records, and were a band that I found myself going back time and time again. 

Check out ">Midnight Mountain, Ride, and Soul Sacrifice by Cathedral.  

As a bonus, I wanted to mark the passing of legendary Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore this weekend.  A skilled bluesman, as well as an inspiration to many hard rock and metal guitarists, his death at age 53 was a shock, and he will be missed. 


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