SNet Pacific, 7:00pm PDT
Well, we've reached the point in the season where we only have our pride on the line. The past years, there has been lots of pressure on the last game of the season. In 2010, it was our season finale where Henrik Sedin locked up the Art Ross Trophy, along with strengthening his eventual win for the Hart. In 2011, it was Daniel Sedin who locked up the Art Ross during the last couple days of the season, as well as beginning the year we first won the President's Trophy. Then in 2012, it took a win in our season finale to lock up our 2nd straight President's Trophy.
This year, there is absolutely no pressure. We already got our division title, we have finalized our playoff seed, and not a single regular season trophy is on the line. Sure, this could come off as a disappointment compared to years past. I see it as a bit of a blessing. As the other 29 fanbases in this league have told our fanbase a million times now, it's the playoffs that matter, not the regular season accolades. Not having to worry about regular season trophies this year, the Canucks can focus on preparing for the real test: the road to the Cup.
Of course, there's still 2 more games to play this regular season, including tonight's matchup against the Ducks. Anaheim finds itself in the same situation as us: division crown and playoff seed locked up, no individual player awards on the line, and waiting to start the playoffs. Both teams only have their pride on the line at this point, getting ready to make sure their playoff runs start on a strong note. Now, this doesn't mean that the Canucks and Ducks can both take their feet off the pedals. Should we both make it past the 1st round, a Vancouver-Anaheim matchup is very possible for the 2nd or 3rd round of the playoffs.
Just your pride on the line, boys. Send them a warning of what will come in the next couple months. Coconuts go!