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Glove tap to Kukla for pointing out the following:

Vancouver can clinch the Northwest Division tonight:
* If they beat Los Angeles and Minnesota and Calgary get one or no points in their games
or
* If they get one point against Los Angeles and Minnesota and Calgary both get no points in their games.

I wasn't aware it was that close. With the winning streaks both the Canucks and Wild have been on, I figured it would likely come down to the final two games to get a division champ. Then again, I don't do math so that would explain a lot.


At any rate, the Canucks should get past the Kings tonight; we clinched against them so why not seal up the division title too? May I add that it's a complete crying shame Cloutier isn't around to be on the losing end of either last week's game or, presumably, tonights'? It's the stuff dreams are made of kids.

Calgary's going to run head first into a determined Colorado squad playing for Sakic's life so it's possible an OT loss could occur. The Wild, however, take on the Oilers and that's a team that's more likely to stumble onto a cold fusion reaction rather then win an ice hockey game.


So, no, the Canucks won't clinch tonight. They'll have to wait until Thursday. But enjoy looking at Crow one final time. Here's hoping Cowan scores, the bras come off and a few land square on his head. C'mon, even he'd have to smile at that.


One more thing: Bieksa tracks down Dustin Brown and "beeskas" him. Don't ask what it is; I reckon it's similar to what Marsellus says in Pulp Fiction: "...go to work on the homes here with a pair of pliers and a blow torch. You hear me talkin', hillbilly boy? I ain't through with you by a damn sight. I'm gonna get medieval on your ass."