The Canucks deserved a better fate than to see the Penguins and Evgeni "пикирование" Malkin walk out with the Bettman point for awesome trick shot skillz, but a point is a point, and the overall takeaway from this game should be that the Canucks can hold their own against higher-end competition thank you very much. They controlled much of the play in the game, and while Pittsburgh did a great job of neutralizing the newly christened Beastmodo line, they got secondary and defensive scoring to pick up the slack.
No rest for the wicked however, as they are in Columbus (which seems the kind of place one would wake up from a bender after starting their drinking in a completely different state) for a game against the Blue Jackets. While the Canucks would have looked at this game as fairly winnable in the past, the emergence of Sergei Bobrovsky last season as one of the best goaltenders in the league could be a bit of a road block. Fortunately for Vancouver the schedule-makers smiled on them a bit, making sure their opponent also played yesterday, the BJ's falling 4-1 in Washington. They also don't have to worry about Bobrovsky, as it will be Curtis McElhinney in goal versus Eddie Lack this afternoon. The adjustment to life in the East isn't going so well for Columbus however, and they find themselves falling behind the pack. A Canucks win, followed by an Anaheim loss to Dallas would see the Canucks vault into 2nd in the Pacific Division and 3rd overall in the West.
Bad news for Jordan Schroeder yesterday, as Dan Murphy reported on this on Twitter
saw #canucks Jordan Schroeder on crutches this morning. No official word on injury. Tough luck after just coming back from broken foot.— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) October 20, 2013
Bad luck indeed, and the Canucks bottom 6 continues to churn. Meanwhile, the Canucks made a call to their farmteam in Utica, calling up Jeremy Welsh from the Comets. Welsh came over in the trade along with Zac Dalpe from Carolina earlier in the year. He'll likely see 4th line duty with Brad Richardson on the 3rd line. Nice to see Kevin Bieksa with the 3 assist game yesterday, and Zack Kassian continue to show signs of getting his act together with that beauty deflection goal. A confidence boost might be just what he needs to bring some consistency to his game.
Kickass Metal Tune Of The Day
Decided to take a look and scout out the metal scene in Columbus and came across Struck By Lightning. If you dig Mastodon or High On Fire, these guys are right down your alley.