4 games down and one to go before the Canucks return to Rogers Arena, and tonight they begin a pair of games against teams that they can have an impact on as far as playoff aspirations go. And though it sure as hell didn't look like it at Christmas time, somehow the Calgary Flames have gotten themselves into contention for a playoff spot. Lots of people have been speculating just what helped turn their fortunes around. I won't do that, simply because I couldn't give a rat's ass. Well that's not entirely true. If the Canucks can have a hand in deciding their fate, I would dig that. A lot. It is disappointing in a way that they've turned it around. Flames schadenfreude is one of our favorite spectator sports here at Nucks Misconduct. Since Christmas, their fan base has making noise again, some of it mind-numbingly awesome in it's ridiculousness. They're talking about how they want to face us in the 1st round because they believe they have a better chance against us than say Detroit or San Jose. Seriously. One of our most hated rivals, the Flames could have trouble making the dance if they don't keep winning. Here's to the Canucks kicking them when they're down.
Say what you want about the Canucks in the past, it's just that. The past. It factors very little into this season, despite what some would have you believe. New additions on and off the ice. A renewed focus. Two amazing goalies. Games like Thursday night prove that this team was built for playoff hockey. A win tonight could see the Canucks set to clinch a playoff spot Wednesday against Colorado. It's exciting for sure, but the focus is on the Flames tonight and not anything down the road. Preparation has been one of the reasons the Canucks have been so successful this season, and no doubt this divisional game in front another crowd that will be littered with Canucks fans will see them ready for battle.
Potato Pancakes FTW
You have to love this time of year as a hockey fan and with how close the races are in both conferences, each night brings changes to the standings. Nashville will look to keep pace with Anaheim and Calgary as they take on the Colorado Avalanche. The Ducks laid a 6-2 beating on the Avs last night and Nashville could see their playoff hopes get slimmer with a loss. You have to wonder if the Preds miss the dance if they might decide to try a new coach for next season... Minnesota's 4-0 loss to Dallas last night might be looked back as the one that sealed their fate... The Islanders continue to play spoiler, this time knocking off the Boston Bruins 4-2. Someday this team might actually make the playoffs... Carolina's heart breaker loss to Washington last night sees them sitting 2 points behind the Rangers for 8th, with a game in hand. The Leafs are looking to keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a huge game against the 7th place Buffalo Sabres...
WAACH 'Cast's Band Of The Day- All That Remains
The band's frontman appeared on CNN this morning, relating their experience in the horrifying quake in Japan Friday. Fortunately he and the band were unhurt, and will be on their way back to the US soon. Another major metal band almost got caught up in this: Iron Maiden were on route to Tokyo from Seoul, South Korea when their flight was rerouted. The tour has been postponed until further notice.