1st in the Northwest, 1st in the West, and 1st overall.
The Canucks are tied for the most games played (45) in the league with Ottawa, Calgary, Colorado, and Carolina. They've been playing a lot of hockey games lately. But things are about to even out for them, as they spend the rest of the month at home and only play 5 games over the next 19 days. These are the dog days of the season, and this mini-break couldn't come at a better time, as while the team has been picking up points, they've looked gassed for a few games now and need to get healthy.
Vancouver Canucks news & notes:
- Yup, there's the multi-point night from the twins we were waiting for after 2 (arguably 3) bad games in a row. Here's the Daniel Sedin game winner, which was the 700th point of his career and the 100th PowerPlay goal:
- Ken Htichcock called this game a measuring stick for the Blues, and admits to having a healthy respect for Vancouver. He also gives a great quote as to why the Canucks are so hated: "It's because they win. Want to be liked? Start losing and everybody will love you." [The Province]
- In my eyes, the Blues are the closest thing to the Bruins in the West as far as how they're built. Two great goalies, a deep, physical group of forwards, and stingy defence. They could be a force in no time. Like Hitch says in the Province article, they're learning how to win right now.
- I was so glad to see everyman hero Aaron Rome back in the lineup last night. The team really missed his average ping-pong skills. Keith Ballard was the odd man out, which surprised many. Also surprising, Ballard has the highest shot blocking percentage on the Canucks. [Pass it to Bulis]
- Four Canucks were selected for the All-Star Game yesterday, more than any other team outside of the host city. Congrats to Hank, Danny, Alex and Silent G. [Canucks Army]
- Edler was kind enough to share his itinerary for his first ASG. Quite the busy schedule! [Legion of Blog]
Today in Canucks history: [Jan 13, 2004] The Canucks won their eighth consecutive road game establishing a new club record. The previous record of five straight wins on the road had been accomplished five times.
NHL news & notes:
- Mike Cammalleri is a Calgary Flame again. He heads to Cowtown along with G Karri Ramo and a 5th round pick, and coming back the Habs get Rene Bourque, RW Patrick Holland and a 2nd round pick. Not only is this an awful trade by Montreal, the fact that it was done in the middle of a game is embarrassing. Pierre Gauthier has done nothing but handle every tough situation in the worst way possible this season, and this is just another example. If he thinks Renee Bourque is going to be part of some sort of solution in Montreal, good for him, but he's delusional. Bourque's name may sound French, and he may have size, but he doesn't use it, and he's as streaky as a 5-year-old's underpants. This is a steal for the Flames. [TSN]
- The Wings topped the Coyotes in a shootout last night, which featured three gorgeous goals. Check out the Henrik Forsb...I mean Zetterberg SO winner:
- Loui Eriksson has been known to use that Forsberg move, too, and low a behold he used it to score the shootout winner for the Stars against the Kings last night. His isn't quite as slick as Zetterberg's:
- I have to eat some crow on this one. I thought the Ottawa Senators were going to be a lottery team this year. Last night they shut out the top team in the Eastern Conference in their own building. Paul MacLean has to be the frontrunner for the Jack Adams right now. [CBC]
- The full roster for the All-Star Game was announced yesterday. Great to see Victoria boy Jamie Benn get the nod, and a bit of a surprising one at that (no Loui Eriksson?). Other notable snubs that I would have liked to see are Scott Hartnell and Evander Kane, but overall I can live with the picks. [NHL.com]
- Check it out, a 1994 NHL All-Star Game Fleer Ultra set:
Today in NHL history: [January 13, 1961] Kelly Hrudey was born! Why isn't this a national holiday?