It's a down day for the Canucks, as they prepare to take on the giant trollfaces in Boston tomorrow. We still don't know who's starting in goal (it's gotta be Lou), or how close guys like Aaron Rome and David Booth are to returning, but the team will at least have had a day of rest and should need no extra motivation for playing in a building they were embarrassed in last June.
Adding to the anticipation is the fact the Bruins are on one hell of a roll of late, not just beating teams, but humiliating them. This is Vancouver's biggest test of the season to date. Here are some links to get you set.
Vancouver Canucks news & notes:
- So, the Canucks play the Bruins tomorrow. Has anything changed since June? [The Province]
- Ben Kuzma follows up with Mark Recchi about his comments a couple months ago in regards to the Canucks "arrogance". He all but singles out Burrows and Lapierre as guys the Bruins hated, which is what you would expect. But he actually shows love for Kesler, Bieksa, Higgins, and Malhotra. I'm curious where the Sedins sit in all of this; I can't imagine them being arrogant on the ice, but I also don't think I've heard other players go out of their way to say they respect the way they play. [The Province]
- Speaking of trolls, it seems one has taken control of Canucks Army long enough to remind us of some painful memories. [Canucks Army]
- The Stanchion presents: Daniel Sedin vs. Brad Marchand Part 2. I just about died watching Daniel's dance moves right in Marchand's face at 0:57. This is phenomenal. [Legion of Blog]
- CHB doles out the grades at the halfway point of the season. [Canucks Hockey Blog]
- Byron Bitz has been officially assigned to the Chicago Wolves. How long until we see him suit up in Vancouver? I like Bitz, but have no idea where he fits into the lineup when the team is healthy. [Canucks.com]
Today in Canucks history: [Nothing happened, so I'll post the one from Jan 8, 2003] Canucks Head Coach Marc Crawford earns the right to coach the Western Conference All-Star Team at the 53rd NHL All-Star Game, becoming the first Canucks head coach to do so.
NHL news & notes:
- On All-Star Game Fan Balloting: "Let them have their fun. Considering Kessel, Joffrey Lupul and James Reimer just missed out, are we really going to begrudge Sens and Leafs fans for spending another long Ontario winter stuffing the ballot box, instead of drinking themselves to death like usual?" [Deadspin]
- She Weber returned to the Predators lineup last night, recording 25:45 of ice-time and a -2 in a 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.
- Watch the Bruins hang 9 goals on the Calgary Flames. Yeah it's the Bruins, but in this case I can give them props for blowing out a rival. Chris Butler was -7 for the Flames.
- Brian Burke is talking again. [National Post]
- Grantland's Katie Baker takes a trip around the NHL, which includes talking about how good the Bruins are, which we can't get enough of! [Grantland]
- Justin Bourne ranks NHL players' "beerability". The Canucks don't rank well. [Backhand Shelf]
- Yesterday it was reported that Krys Barch received a one-game suspension for his alleged racial slur directed towards PK Subban. There's been much speculation over what Barch possibly could have said to elicit such a reaction. Well guys, through my exclusive sources, I've managed to secure video of Barch's tirade on Subban. Decide for yourself whether the suspension was justified. [Thanks @SocialAssassin2]
- On a serious note, take a look at this heartbreaking photo of Aleksandro Salei, son of fallen defenceman Ruslan Salei:
Today in NHL history: [Jan 6, 1980] The Philadelphia Flyers set NHL record of 35 straight games without a defeat.