Morning Buzz: One word, one brick, one game at a time

When asked, "How do you write?" I invariably answer, "One word at a time," and the answer is invariably dismissed. But that is all it is. It sounds too simple to be true, but consider the Great Wall of China, if you will: one stone at a time, man. That's all. One stone at a time. But I've read you can see that motherfucker from space without a telescope."

That's Stephen King — arguably the greatest novelist of all-time — explaining his writing process in the preface to the extended version of The Stand, one of my favourite books of his. But what do writing and hockey have in common? Admittedly, not much, but if you're a fan of the Vancouver Canucks, the above quote probably doesn't sound completely foreign.

"One game at a time."

That is the mantra that Alain Vigneault and his players have been preaching from day one, and it's so oft-repeated that it is almost always followed by an eye-roll from the journalist or fan who hears it. The moral of the story, though — and what King is getting at above — is that small, seemingly insignificant things (such as words, or hockey games) can eventually add up to something amazing.

Like two straight Presidents' Trophies. Like franchise-record point totals. Like a slew of individual awards and achievements. But while those are great things, there's still some story left to be written, and tonight the Canucks write the first word.

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Vancouver Canucks News & Notes

Yesterday's drama revolved around Daniel Sedin missing practice. He did skate with the extras afterwards, and AV insists there's been no setback. Even if there was, it couldn't have been serious, or else Daniel would have been nowhere near the ice. If he doesn't play Game 1, I'd expect him in Game 2. | The White Towel

After writing that, I just read iMac say basically the same thing. The Canucks are a deep enough team that they can survive without Daniel in the short-term. | VS

The Army with two opposing viewpoints on the Canucks/Kings series: Drance is picking the Kings in 6, while the Tinfoil Toque goes with the home team.

Our favourite Harrison Mooney spitballs on Playoff AV, awesome pump-up videos and the haters who are gonna hate. | PITB

Eric Duhatschek suggest that just maybe, two playoff goalies are better than one? He gets a great quote out of Keith Ballard: "I mean, we have two No. 1 centres; and I don't think we have a centre controversy." | G&M

Kevin Bieksa was a beast in last year's playoffs, and he's looking to find that gear again this year. | The Province

Brian Beitz offers the interesting idea that the Canucks need to be less "gritty" in the playoffs this year. He has a point — the Torres hit and the Rome hit were big turning points (going the wrong way) against the Hawks and Bruins. | Smug Nation

Looking for pump-up videos? j.Bowman is your man. | LoB

NHL Playoff News & Notes

Tonight's Game 1's: PITT vs. PHI at 4:30 PST on TSN, DET vs. NSH at 5:00 on CBC, and VAN vs. LAK at 7:30 on CBC.

Bovada has released their odds for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. | Sportsnet

You can watch a whole bunch of series previews on NHL.com, starting with the Red Wings vs. the Predators.

Here's the Western edition of HNIC's playoff preview show.

Jeremy Roenick had some really interesting things to say on the Pittsburgh Penguins in yesterday's Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast. Go take a listen. | PD

Probably the last piece of non-playoff news I'll post in a long time: the Edmonton Oilers won the draft lottery yesterday and will pick 1st overall for the third straight year. | PHT

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